Public Law and Government


What we do

The Public Law and Government Committee offers a forum for lawyers and students who have a keen interest in public law, including constitutional law, administrative law, and their interactions with other areas of law.

The committee facilitates discussion and regular updates on recent administrative and constitutional law developments including cases, policies, and legislation. The committee's members include solicitors who work in government roles, in private practice and in community legal centres, as well as barristers and academics. Members often work in very different areas, ranging from licensing and commercial work, through criminal law to environment and property, native title and human rights.

    Our Initiatives 

    • The committee arranges guest speakers to attend its monthly meetings to provide individual practitioner perspectives about careers in administrative, constitutional or government law.
    • The committee runs annual events, such as ‘the Sir Anthony Mason Constitutional Law Address’, ‘How to Get a Job in Government’, and the ‘Canberra Road Trip’.
    • The committee also conducts a skills series throughout the year where fellow practitioners conduct a short talk on skills in public law such as advocacy, legal writing and interpretation.

    Who we are

    Chair: Justin McGovern
    Vice Chair: Dhruv Saggar 
    Secretary: Alessandre Alonso

    What’s happening

    Please visit our Facebook page to view our upcoming events

    When do we meet?

    19 February 2020 6:15pm

    18 March 2020 6:15pm

    15 April 2020 6:15pm

    20 May 2020 6:15pm

    17 June 2020 6:15pm

    15 July 2020 6:15pm

    19 August 2020 6:15pm

    16 September 2020 6:15pm

    21 October 2020 6:15pm

    18 November 2020 6:15pm

    Please note: NSW Young Lawyers committee meetings are currently being hosted via Zoom. To find out more information about our meetings visit our Facebook page or email