The Government Solicitors Committee of the Law Society represents the interests of public sector solicitors in New South Wales. The Committee provides a number of opportunities for members of the Law Society, as well as general information resources.
Reciprocal CPD Program for Government Lawyers
The Government Solicitors Committee has introduced a Reciprocal CPD Program for State and Commonwealth government agencies in 2013.
For information about the program, visit the Reciprocal CPD Program page.
Resources & Publications
The Government Solicitors Committee has provided the following resources and publications to help public sector solicitors both understand and comply with their unique professional obligations:
A Guide to Ethical Obligations of Government Lawyers for non-lawyer colleagues – a set of slides designed to help Government lawyers explain their ethical obligations to colleagues who are not lawyers.
Government Solicitors Conference & Dinner
Each year the Committee organises the Government Solicitors Conference & Dinner. The 2013 Conference & Dinner will be held on 3 September 2013.
The one-day Conference features high-profile speakers and a range of presentations on topical issues.
The recipients of the Law Society's Excellence Award in Government Legal Service and the John Hennessy Research Scholarship are announced during the Dinner.
Excellence Award in Government Legal Service
Do you know of a public sector solicitor, or group of solicitors, who perform above and beyond their usual responsibilities? Then nominate them for an Excellence Award in Government Legal Service.
This annual award recognises significant contributions by public sector solicitors and is judged by the Law Society's Government Solicitors Committee.
John Hennessy Research Scholarship
Are you a public sector solicitor interested in undertaking a research project into legal systems in another jurisdiction or undertaking further study? If so the John Hennessy Research Scholarship, established by the Government Solicitors Committee, may be able to provide you with financial assistance.
The scholarship is an ‘occasional scholarship’ that is offered from time to time and covers travel, study and other approved expenses up to a maximum value of $10,000. For more information on the eligibility requirements and application procedures, download the John Hennessy Research Scholarship Information Sheet.
An exploratory study of the continuing legal education needs of government solicitors in New South Wales – final report and recommendations
This project was an initiative of the Society's Government Solicitors Committee and was conducted by Athena Harris Ingall as part of the Master of Education and Work program at Macquarie University.
This exploratory study aimed to identify the types of CLE activities NSW government lawyers have formerly participated in and their evaluation of those opportunities, and to gather information about their preferences and suggestions in relation to future CLE needs.
For more information on the project, download the Final Report and Recommendations.
Government Lawyer newsletter
This bi-annual newsletter is sent to approxinately 2000 public sector solicitors. To download the current and previous editions, visit the Government Lawyer newsletter page.
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