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Regional Events Archive


Orana Region End of Year Event

On 30 November 2017 the Orana Young Lawyers held a Christmas Barefoot Bowls event.

The evening was held at the Dubbo City Bowling Club, and was attended by 12 young lawyers. After a number of practice bowls, we held the “bowl-off” and am pleased to report the combination of Tim Flynn and Joe Burgun took out the title and won both bragging rights and a Santa hat. Tim and Joe were both attending their first young lawyers event and were pretty chuffed with the result.

A big thank you goes to the NSW Young Lawyers who contributed funds for a delicious BBQ and treated the lawyers to a well-earned Christmas drink. The event went late into the evening – a testament to the fantastic atmosphere, music and lively young lawyers we have in the region.

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Annual Networking Evening

On 18 August 2017 the annual networking evening was held between local Newcastle practitioners and law students from the University of Newcastle.

The evening was held at the UON NeW Space Campus in Hunter Street having only recently been opened in July 2017. The NeW Space campus is a $95 million investment by the State and Federal Governments, and the UON described as a “landmark education precinct”.

About 60 guests attending the evening were treated to drinks, canapes and live music whilst building networks with the incredible views offered by the NeW Space Campus as the backdrop.

All attendees thoroughly enjoyed the event which started at 5:30pm, and the last guest leaving at 9:30pm!

Thanks go to NSW Young Lawyers and the Newcastle Law Society for their financial contributions to the evening. A large thank you also goes to Brent Ingham of the University of Newcastle Law Students Association who was instrumental in the organisation of the event.

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Macarthur Law Society – Confessions of a Young Lawyer 

On Friday, 14 July 2017 the Macarthur Law Society (MLS) hosted our first Q&A style event, 'Confessions of a Young Lawyer'. The event gathered experienced legal practitioners on a panel to share advice with Macarthur's young lawyers and law students. The Panel consisted of Judge Altobelli (Federal Circuit Court), Peter Campton SC (Waratah Chambers), barrister Jack Tyler-Stott (Elizabeth St Chambers), Senior Associate Solicitor Jillaine Duve (Caldwell Martin Cox) and Senior Associate Solicitor and MLS President Brett McGrath (Mardens). Our experienced panel shared lots of their insight and knowledge with the young and the 'not so young' profession of the Macarthur region and surrounds. After completing the 'Trivia Challenge' with mixed success, the panel shared their tips and tricks on topics including becoming a successful advocate, running an effective cross examination, managing difficult clients and opponents, dealing with the Bench, and the most embarrassing and most inspiring moments in their careers. The panel Q&A was followed by drinks and canapes with our attendees and panel members at our venue for the evening, Harrington Grove Country Club.

The MLS sincerely thanks our panel members for generously donating their time and talents to this successful event. We also thank the Law Society of NSW for their support of our event and Harrington Grove Country Club for their assistance.

We hope to see you at our next event!

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Trivia Night for Orana Women’s Health Centre, 11 December 2015

Young Lawyers Regional Delegate, Jenna Lincoln and committee member Louisa McKimm of the St George Sutherland Regional Law Society organised a trivia night to raise funds for a local charity organisation, Orana Women’s Health Centre. Orana is a non-profit, non-government organisation that relies solely on donations to provide invaluable services to women in the St George Sutherland area. It was Orana’s work with domestic violence victims that inspired Jenna and Louisa to raise funds for them. Orana prides itself as a domestic violence specialist centre but struggles to fund a domestic violence counsellor for one day a week. Orana require $20,000 to help them fund such a counsellor for an entire year so Jenna and Louisa set out to raise funds for this purpose.

The night was attended by members of the regional law society, including young lawyers and more experienced practitioners as well as friends and family of members. As a result of the generous donations of those who attended and local businesses, the girls were able to raise $8,868.20. These funds will go a long way to help reduce the financial burden on Orana and allow them to continue to help domestic violence victims to ensure that they do no become another statistic of a women who dies at the hands of their perpetrator.

Sponsors of the event consisted of a number of local businesses and law firms including Around in June, Berkeleouw Books, Bianchini’s, Caltex, Chasing Willow, Clearskincare Clinic, Corbett Jessop Law, Cronulla Breeze, Cronulla RSL, Cronulla Sharks, Elite PT, Essenze Chocolates, Family Law Matters, Gelato Messina, HAM, Indigo Wines, Loaf Sandwiches, MCW Law, Peterson’s Wines, ReEvolve Fitness, Sealevel Restaurant, The Health Depot, The Little Book Shop, White Horse Coffee, WMD Law, Woolworths and Fingertipz.

NSWYL and Coffs Clarence RLS Joint Networking Event, 27 November 2015

The NSWYL and Coffs Clarence RLS Joint Networking Event was held on Friday 27 November. The event was built on the success of the previous introductory networking event, and assisted young lawyers in the region to build and strengthen relationships with one another. This opportunity was also used to inform attendees of the work of NSW Young Lawyers to assist in combating the isolation felt by many young lawyers in the region.

The event was a big success, with new attendees and lively discussion on issues such as employment prospects in our region, fair performance assessment, managing conflict with other practitioners, and work/life balance. Young lawyers in the region were also encouraged to take up membership of the Clarence River and Coffs Harbour Regional Law Society.

Clarence River and Coffs Harbour Young Lawyers Networking Event, 11 September 2015

Young Lawyers in the Clarence River and Coffs Harbour region met for a networking event on 11 September. The event was the first time most of the young lawyers had met face-to-face, which was very positive. Attendees discussed the challenges of being a young lawyer in a regional area and how those challenges might be met. The event was sponsored by the Clarence River and Coffs Harbour Regional Law Society and NSW Young Lawyers.

Central Coast Networking Event, 8 May 2015

On the evening of Friday 8 May 2015, a number of young lawyers, 'young at heart' local practitioners, and law students attended the first networking event on the Central Coast for the year at the local Elanora Hotel, East Gosford. The event was jointly funded by both the NSW Young Lawyers and Central Coast Law Society, with approximately 35 people in attendance, including Sally Davies, Chair of the Bushweb Regional Issues Committee. Melissa Marshall, the newly appointed Regional Delegate for the Central Coast, introduced herself, and there were some short informalities to thank everyone for attending the event, as well as to thank the outgoing Regional Delegate Alice Osborne for representing the region and the young lawyers from the Central Coast area. There were many young lawyers and local practitioners who spoke with Melissa during and after the event indicating that they hoped there would be further events throughout the year, so as to network with other young practitioners on the Central Coast from a variety of fields within the law profession.

Melissa is hopeful that with the continued support of the NSW Young Lawyers and the Central Coast Law Society there will be more networking opportunities, and a CLE event open for all practitioners later in the year.

Mid North Coast Young Lawyers Networking Night, 22 April 2015

On 22 April 2015 a networking night was held at The Fig Bar in Port Macquarie for young lawyers from the mid north coast. The event was jointly funded by NSW Young Lawyers and the Mid North Coast Law Society. With 18 attendees, this was the first ever event for young lawyers on the mid north coast, and will no doubt serve as a platform for many great events in the future. It was a fun night of networking, and an excellent opportunity to welcome the many young lawyers who have moved to the mid north coast in recent months. There was lots of enthusiasm from the group about future young lawyers events in the region, including CLE opportunities and more social events.


Macarthur NSW Young Lawyers Drinks, 26 September 2014

On 26 September 2014, New South Wales Young Lawyers, in conjunction with the Macarthur Law Society, held a social event at Camden Hotel for the Young Lawyers of Macarthur. The event was the first of its kind for Young Lawyers in the area and was the initial step towards building an engaged regional body for the Young Lawyers of Macarthur.

The event attracted a diverse and remarkable crowd of talented Young Lawyers from the Macarthur area. The topic of conversation was collegiality and included the sharing of an assorted array of advice from appearing before the Local Magistrate to dealing with unrepresented litigants.

The mood of the night was an exciting blend of networking, shared experiences and an enjoyable amount of legal discourse. The general consensus from those who attended was that the night was a success and should become a regular occurrence to build the Young Lawyers community in Macarthur and encourage engagement and future attendance at Young Lawyers events.