Young Lawyers

President's Message

David Turner - 2018 President, NSW Young Lawyers

I am delighted to serve as the President of NSW Young Lawyers for 2018. The organisation is now in its 55th year, and our membership stands at over 15,000. NSW Young Lawyers is the largest professional organisation of its kind. Since our inception, we have strived to deliver a diverse range of services to members, the legal profession, and the community.

In 2018, we will continue ensure that NSW Young Lawyers continues to engage in projects and programs that benefit our Members and the community, focussing on preparing for future of the legal profession, access to justice, and law reform, continuing the two-year strategic plan of our 2017 President, Emily Ryan.

Patron and charity

Each year, NSW Young Lawyers is fortunate to have as its Patron a distinguished member of the legal community. The 2018 Patron is the Hon Justice Fabian Gleeson SC, a Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales’ Court of Appeal.

The charity that NSW Young Lawyers will be supporting in 2018 is the Arts Law Centre of Australia, which provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters.

2018 leadership team

The new leadership team was elected at the Annual Assembly held in November 2018. I am very excited to be working with the new team of Office Bearers and Executive Councillors.

I introduce the following:

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 2018.

2017 achievements and thanks

NSW Young Lawyers was involved in many successful projects and initiatives during 2017 under the leadership of Emily Ryan. Some of these include:

  • The release of ‘Top Tips for New Lawyer Supervision’, which provides guidance to newly admitted solicitors, and their employers, on what each can expect from the two-year period of supervised practice;
  • The continued success and impact of the Human Rights Committee’s Refugee Assistance Project, which assisted hundreds of asylum seekers to complete the forms necessary to begin the protection visa application process. This project was award the 2017 Australian Young Lawyer Award for an organisation, and for a second year in a row, won the NSW Young Lawyers Patron Award for Best Community Project.
  • The continued success of the Young Justice Program, an education program for school years 5 to 8 held at the Law Society of NSW, which was highly commended in the 2017 NSW Young Lawyers Patron Award for Best Community Project.
  • The preparation of the Practitioner’s Guide to Briefing Experts, a collaboration between NSW Young Lawyers and Unisearch Expert Opinion Services, which will be formally released in April 2018. The Practitioner’s Guide to Briefing Experts won the 2017 NSW Young Lawyers Patron Award for Best Professional Project.
  • The Young Lawyers on the Rule of Law Guide, a collaboration between the NSW Young Lawyers International Law Committee and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, which was highly commended in the 2017 NSW Young Lawyers Patron Award for Best Professional Project.
  • The launch of the ‘Guide to Living and Working in the Orana Region’, the first lifestyle guide for regional young lawyers.

Our 15 Committees are to be commended on their outstanding achievements in 2017. They are the cornerstones of our organisation and they continue to produce a wide range of 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 very special people:

  • Firstly, our outgoing Immediate Past President, Renée Bianchi, for her dedication and leadership during her term as President, and her mentorship during her time as Immediate Past President. Renée has contributed so much to NSW Young Lawyers, in many different roles, and we thank her enormously.
  • Secondly, our Immediate Past President Emily Ryan, for her fearless advocacy for the interests of the members of NSW Young Lawyers. Emily has been a wise and encouraging mentor during in her year as President, and I look forward to working with Emily again this year.

Events you can't afford to miss

In 2018, you cannot afford to miss our flagship events which include:

  • The Golden Gavel Competition, our annual comedy public speaking breakfast, will be held on Friday, 18 May 2018 at The Westin Hotel, Sydney. In 2017, 770 lawyers joined us for breakfast to hear from 10 speakers who each had 24 hours to prepare a witty five minute speech.
  • Our Mid Year Assembly, which will be held in May/June 2018.
  • The Young Professionals Charity Ball, traditionally held in September 2018.

Get involved

If you have thought about getting involved, but haven’t yet, I encourage you come along to an event or join a committee. Getting involved is a great way for you to network with like-minded professionals, develop experience in law reform and submissions-writing, and learn about the law and your profession.

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

David Turner
President | NSW Young Lawyers