The Office of President
The President is the public face of the Law Society, acting as the spokesperson to government and the media. The President has the power to take major initiatives in the development of the Law Society’s policy and strategies.
The President also provides leadership to the Council and the profession. As Chair of the Law Society Council and Executive Committee meetings, the President is expected to ensure the integrity of the Council process, including the Council’s adherence to its own rules.
John Dobson – President 2013
The 2013 President of the Law Society of NSW is John Dobson, a highly skilled sole practitioner with over 40 years experience in the profession.
He has taken a very active role in the Law Society serving as a Chairperson on many Committees including the Executive Committee, the Professional Conduct Committee and the Legal Technology Committee, the Arbitration Committee and the Audit Committee. Mr Dobson has also been a member of a number of other Law Society Committees dating back to 1999.
He has served on the Law Society Council for more than 12 years.
An Accredited Specialist in Advocacy, he established a sole practice shortly after admission to the profession in 1971.
From 2000 to 2008 he was a District Court Arbitrator and since 2005 he has been a Supreme Court Costs Assessor. He also continues to fulfil a role as an arbitrator of the Local Court since his appointment in 1984.
In addition Mr Dobson is a member of the Legal Profession Admission Board and a former member of the Legal Qualifications Committee and the Examinations Committee. He is a former Governor and Deputy Chair of the College of Law and also a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Each year, the President of the Law Society of NSW is asked to nominate a charity which the Law Society will promote during their term of office. Mr Dobson has nominated Civic Lifestyles, a provider of quality services to more than 450 people with a disability in NSW.
Requests for media interviews
Requests for media interviews with the President should be directed to the Law Society of NSW Media Adviser on phone: (02) 9926 0288 or mobile 0413440699.