Proctor : February 2018
7 PROCTOR | February 2018 News Notice for members: myQLS The portal on the QLS website (formerly Your QLS) has changed. QLS members can now access more streamlined information about their personal and practitioner profile, membership of the Society, QLS events, CPD history, and QLS messages, forms and invoices via the new myQLS portal. Members are encouraged to log on today to check their details and contact email@example.com to advise a change or raise a query. Launch for Pride in Law In November 2017, members of the legal community gathered at Brisbane’s Banco Court to launch Pride in Law. This event was held during a time of public debate about equality before the law and prior to the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey. The event was at capacity with all tickets sold in advance. Milton Griffin QC presented the keynote address, which was also streamed to locations across the state. It was entitled, ‘I was there, and I survived, and I’m here’, and moved through a history of LGBTIQ+ rights in Queensland, as experienced by the former District Court judge. Among the night’s attendees were current and former judges, barristers, solicitors and others within the industry, all at various stages of their careers. President Dean Jones oversees Pride in Law, which is a not-for-profit, LGBTIQ+ legal networking association based in Brisbane – the first association of its kind. “Pride in Law is an essential resource for all legal professionals seeking to embrace their LGBTIQ community,” he said. “While I appreciate privacy, I also feel that if someone wanted to identify as part of the LGBTIQ+ community, fear of career progression should not be a reason for not identifying.” Following the launch, Pride in Law will now focus on its mission to erase homophobia, gender inequality and other affronts to individuals, families and communities by educating the legal community about LGBTIQ+ issues. Additionally, Pride in Law aims to enable younger LGBTIQ+ members of the profession to network with more experienced members able to share their experience. Clarification Two footnotes were omitted from the article, ‘Solicitors as advocates’, which appeared on pages 20 and 21 of the December edition of Proctor. For the paragraph beginning “By the fourth century, advocates...”, this footnote should have been included: “Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_ legal_profession. Accessed 7 November 2017”. The following paragraph should also have a footnote: “Ibid.” QLS apologises for these omissions.