The State of the Profession Address has become a regular fixture in the NSW Young Lawyers calendar. The address is an opportunity for members to hear from the Patron of NSW Young Lawyers on an issue the Patron views as important in the practise of law.
The 2017 State of the Profession Address was held at the Law Society of NSW on Thursday, 21 September 2017.
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 NSW Young Lawyers Patron is The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO.
Her Honour attended the Sydney Law School graduating with Honours in Law in 1974 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar on 14 March 1975. She was appointed Queens Counsel in 1989. In 1993, she was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. In 1996 she was the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and in March 2013 was appointed President of the Court of Appeal. She is Chairperson of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Patron of the Toongabbie Legal Centre and President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia. She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on 12 June 2006 for service to the judiciary and the law, particularly through contributions to professional and ethical standards and to the advancement of women in the legal profession and the community. In May 2008 she was awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa (Hon LLD) by the University of Sydney and in 2012 was named as one of the inaugural Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.
View the 2016 State of the Profession Address article, LSJ November 2016