Proctor : October 2018
8 PROCTOR | October 2018 Justice Sofronoff to deliver Freeleagus Oration President of the Queensland Court of Appeal Justice Walter Sofronoff will deliver the 2018 Clayton Utz Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration on Friday 19 October. The oration, on ‘The Influence of Hellenistic Philosophy upon Christianity’, will be hosted by the Queensland Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association at the Banco Court of the QEII Courts of Law and be followed by drinks and canapés in the Banco Court foyer. See hal.asn.au/QldOration2018 . First Nations law students from local universities attended a QLS Lawlink event hosted by MinterEllison on 20 August. MinterEllison partners and lawyers generously provided personal insight into their daily activities, giving the students an inside look at the work undertaken in a large law firm and providing an excellent opportunity to meet members of the profession. Lawyers at the firm also gave an overview of the recruitment process and their experiences as graduates. QLS President Ken Taylor attended with the Chair of the Queensland Law Society Equity and Diversity Committee, Ann-Maree David, and representatives from that committee and the Reconciliation and First Nations Advancement Committee. QLS thanks MinterEllison partner Stephen Knight and MinterEllison staff for hosting such a successful event and for their support of the Lawlink program. Lawlink is the QLS First Nations student liaison program, established by the Equity and Diversity Committee in 2004, with the aim of connecting Indigenous students with the legal profession. Firm insights for Indigenous students Appointment of receiver for Herd & Janes, South Brisbane Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Queensland (WIRQ) held its annual Great Debate on 9 August, debating the topical bankruptcy reform issue of ‘One year is better than three’. The affirmative team was Hanzel Hizola of Worrells Solvency Accountants, Martin Taylor of McPherson Chambers and Florence Chen of Level 27 Chambers, while the negative team included Anna Taylor of Results Legal, Petrina Macpherson of MinterEllison and Steven Hogg of McPherson Chambers. The affirmative team were witty, entertaining and ate an onion (Martin doing his best Tony Abbott impersonation), but the negative team were victorious being that bit funnier, more fashionable and replete with musical talent (Steven played the ukulele). Kylie Downes QC graciously judged the event and summarised each speaker’s defining “arguments”, while Alex Myers from event sponsor Results Legal was the emcee. The funny side of bankruptcy reform On 2 August 2018, the Council of the Queensland Law Society Incorporated passed resolutions to appoint officers of the Society, jointly & severally, as the receiver for the law practice, Herd & Janes. The role of the receiver is limited to taking control of the trust money held, received or receivable by the law practice for the purpose of distributing it to the entitled beneficiaries. Enquiries should be directed to Sherry Brown or Bill Hourigan, at the Society on 07 3842 5888.