Proctor : May 2019
10 PROCTOR | May 2019 The Legal Forecast launches creative arm Legal technology group The Legal Forecast (TLF) has launched a creative arm, TLF Creative. The launch event, held in the Supreme Court of Queensland’s Banco Court on 26 March, opened with a powerful didgeridoo performance by William Barton and Aunty Delmae Barton, and was said to be the first time that a didgeridoo has been played in a Queensland court. TLF Creative’s Founding Patron, Justice Philippides, delivered a keynote speech entitled ‘Repositioning the Arts in your Life’, which addressed the current and historical importance of art. Her Honour emphasised the role of the arts and the mental health benefits of embracing music and the arts as an expression of our humanity. “The arts will always connect us emotionally by capturing the essence of lived experience,” her Honour said. Queensland Law Society CEO Rolf Moses presented on his musical background and the benefits of music performance, including networking, detachment and enjoyment. TLF Creative President Daniel Trigger outlined plans for the initiative in 2019 and announced the committee of talented young lawyers who will form LawchestraQ, which will perform at TLF’s Disrupting Law event in August and at a gala event in December with proceeds to be donated to mental health charities. The event, hosted by TLF co-founder and Director Angus Murray, concluded with Museum Building in Bowen Hills and has future plans to expand into other creative forms such as drama, visual art, dance and literature. For more information, call Angus Murray on 0405 715 427. performances by barrister Matthew Hickey and lawyer Giovanni Porta, which culminated in a didgeridoo-backed performance of From Little Things, Big Things Grow, accompanied by a packed gallery of the Banco Court singing along. With more than 120 expressions of interest, the TLF Creative will begin with a 30-piece orchestra rehearsing fortnightly at the Old Left to right: Alice Chester (TLF Creative), Angus Murray, Matthew Hickey, Aunty Delmae Barton, William Barton, Justice Philippides, Rolf Moses, Giovanni Porta, Daniel Trigger, Maddie Forster (TLF Creative), Jessie Schreiber (TLF Creative). Conference spotlights bribery and corruption An international conference in Brisbane in July will focus on the ‘eternal problem’ of bribery and corruption. The International Society for Reform of the Criminal Law will hold the ‘Bribery and corruption: Modern approaches to an eternal problem’ conference from 9 to 12 July at the Hilton Brisbane. Topics under discussion will include the scope of the problem, corruption prevention, risk management, investigation and law enforcement strategies, legislative reform and law enforcement strategies, legislative reform and policies, international responses, evidentiary issues, ethical considerations and balancing coercive powers of the type now exercised by Australian anti-corruption and integrity agencies with individual rights. The conference is expected to attract members of the judiciary, defence lawyers, prosecution agencies, legal policy drafters, law enforcement, corrections and government officials. Speakers from 12 countries will include New South Wales Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, Tasmanian Chief Justice Alan Blow, retired Queensland Supreme Court Justice Roslyn Atkinson, and Canadian Justices Elizabeth Bennett, Patrick Healy and Simon Ruel. Other expert speakers include the head of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, Associate Professor Lucian Dervan, and the heads of Australian corruption investigation agencies. The conference will feature an interactive panel discussion focusing on ethical issues young lawyers face daily. QLS President Bill Potts will introduce the panel consisting of the Chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission and experienced young criminal lawyers. Retired District Court judge John Robertson will be panel chair. There are special conferences fees for practitioners with less than 10 years’ experience. For more information and registration, see isrcl2019.com.