Young Lawyers

President's Message

David Edney - President, NSW Young Lawyers

I am honoured to be the President of NSW Young Lawyers in 2020, as our organisation enters into its 57th year, and to invite you to join our membership of over 15,000 law students, graduates, and lawyers across the state.

Patron and charity

Each year, NSW Young Lawyers is fortunate to have as its Patron a distinguished member of the legal community. Our Patron in 2020 is the Hon Justice Lucy McCallum of the Supreme Court of NSW. Her Honour has a strong history of volunteer and pro-bono work before her elevation to the bench, and members can look forward to hearing from her over the course of the year - I look forward to us all being inspired by her example.

NSW Young Lawyers also selects a worthy charity to support each year, which in 2020 is the Environmental Defender’s Office. The EDO is a nationwide network of community legal centres specialising in public interest environmental law since 1985, providing education and advice to communities, while also holding law-breakers and decision-makers to account in major environmental litigation. They are a truly worthy organisation that we are proud to support.

2020 leadership team

The new leadership team was elected at the Annual Assembly held in November 2019. I am very excited to be working with the new team of Office Bearers and Executive Councillors.

I introduce the following:

  • Simon Bruck (Vice President) 
  • Bradley Peterson (Treasurer) 
  • Leah Serafim  (Immediate Past President) 
  • Jennifer Windsor (Immediate Past President)

I congratulate those who have joined the leadership team of NSW Young Lawyers and look forward to working with those who will continue to sit on Council  in 2020.

Get involved

The focus of NSW Young Lawyers always has been to advance and empower our membership, by facilitating professional and community projects, involvement in law reform, and simply providing members an opportunity to engage and learn from one another.

At the heart of our organisation is our 15 committees, each of which specialise in a different area of law, producing their own exciting events and services for their members. Engaging with a committee is the perfect way to say up to date in an area of law, network with like-minded people who share your interest, and even have the opportunity to participate in law reform and submissions-writing.

However, you do not need to be a current practitioner in an area to participate in a NSW Young Lawyers committee. To the contrary, if you are interested in an area of law – either as a potential career path or simply as a personal passion – joining a NSW Young Lawyers committee is a perfect way to get a feel for and an exposure to that area.

So, if you aren’t involved already, I encourage you join one (or more) of our committees as set out in this guide to see the events and opportunities they have to offer!

If you have any questions about NSW Young Lawyers, please feel free to send me an email.

David Edney
President | NSW Young Lawyers

2018 achievements and thanks

NSW Young Lawyers was involved in many successful projects and initiatives during 2018 under the leadership of David Turner. Some of these include:

  • Inaugural Innovation Summit
  • Upgrade to our communications platforms
  • Practitioners Guide to Social Media and the Law
  • Practitioners Guide to Briefing Experts
  • Criminal Law Careers Guide

Our 15 Committees are to be commended on their outstanding achievements in 2018. They are the cornerstones of our organisation and they continue to produce a wide range of exciting events, networking opportunities and services for our diverse membership and the community.

We are delighted to continue our partnership with Unisearch Expert Opinion Services

Also, on behalf of NSW Young Lawyers, I would like to extend a very big thank you to two wonderful leaders in our profession:

  • Firstly, our outgoing Immediate Past President, Emily Ryan, for her dedication and leadership during her term as President, and her mentorship during her time as Immediate Past President. Emily has contributed so much to NSW Young Lawyers, and the organisation has benefited enormously from her inclusive and open-minded leadership style, fearless determination and endless positivity.
  • Secondly, our Immediate Past President David Turner,  for his decency and tireless advocacy in the interests of the members of NSW Young Lawyers, and particularly for his pursuit of positive change and innovation in the profession. David has been a wise and encouraging leader during his year as President, and I look forward to working with David again this year.

Events you can't afford to miss

Almost every week there is a NSW Young Lawyers event on that is sure to inspire, delight or inform you. However, make sure you don't miss our flagship events which include: