Admission of Australian Lawyers

Admission of Australian Lawyers

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Open the court Mr Tipstaff. All persons having business before this honourable court are commanded to give They shall be heard! God save the Queen. Please be seated. Applications for the admission of lawyers. Ms Saba Afzal. If the court pleases I appear to move that Saba Afzal be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer
lawyer and as an officer of this and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on
the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Afzal in court? Ms Sarah Elizabeth Ashby. If the court pleases I appear to move that Sarah Elizabeth Ashby be admitted to the
legal profession as an Australian layers and an officer of this honourable court and I so move upon the certificate and recommendations of the admission board. Is Ms Ashby in court? Ms Ellie Avis If the court pleases I appear to move that Ellie Ashby be admitted to the
legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Avis in court? Mr Jeremy Joseph Baker. If the court pleases I appear to move that Jeremy Joseph Baker be admitted to the
legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Baker in court? Mr Phillip Frank Barone. If the court pleases I appear to move that Phillip Frank Barone be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendations of the admissions board. Is Mr Barone in court? Mr Justin Bellino. If the court pleases I appear to move that Justin Bellino be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Bellino in court? Mr John Hilaire Bourke. If the court pleases I appeared to move that John Hilaire Bourke be admitted to legal profession as an Australian lawyer and an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Bourke in court? Ms Alice Margaret Bradshaw. If the court pleases I appear to move that Alice Margaret Bradshaw be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Bradshaw in court? Ms Caitlin Rose Coyne. If the court pleases I appear to move that Caitlin Rose Coyne be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Coyne in court? Mr Nicholas Robert Crawford. If the court pleases I appear to move that Nicholas Robert Crawford be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Crawford in court? Ms Sophie Constance Crowther. If the court pleases I appear to move that Sophie Constance Crowther be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and
recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Crowther in court? Mr Alexander Nicholas Ridgeway Gelber. If the court pleases I appear to move that Alexander Nicholas Ridgeway Gelber be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and
as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and
recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Gelber in court? Ms Julia Maree Hall. If the court pleases I appear to move that Julia Maree Hall be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Hall in court? Ms Clare Gabrielle Jones. If the court pleases I appear to move that Clare Gabrielle Jones be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Jones in court? Ms Francesca Meddis. If the court pleases I appear to move that Francesca Meddis be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Meddis in court? Ms Sarah Jane Moore. If the court pleases I appear to move that Sarah Jane Moore be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Moore in court? Mr Thomas John Otter. If the court pleases I appear to move that Thomas John Otter be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Otter in court? Mr Aaron Michael Potter. If the court pleases I appear to move that Aaron Michael Potter be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Potter in court? Mr Michael James Repse If the court pleases I appear to move that Michael James Repse be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Repse in court? Mr Robin Dale Trotter. If the court pleases I appear to move that Robin Dale Trotter be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Trotter in court? Ms Ella Alyda Van Der Schans. If the court pleases I appear to move that Ella Alyda Van Der Schans be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move upon the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Van Der Schans in court? Ms Eleanor Kate Weir. If the court pleases I appear to move that Eleanor Kate Weir be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Weir in court? Mr Daniel Ari Baker. If the court pleases I appear with Ms Gandel to move that Daniel Ari Baker be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and we so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Baker in court? Mrs Katherine Dolores Bedford. If the court pleases I appear to move that Katherine Dolores Bedford be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mrs Bedford in court? Mr Benjamin Bromberg. If the court pleases I appear to move that Benjamin Bromberg be admitted to the legal profession as an Australia lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Bromberg in court? Ms Lidija Bujanovic. If the court pleases I appear to move that Lidija Bujanovic be admitted to the legal profession an Australian lawyer and as an officer
of this honourable court and I so move upon the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Bujanovic in court? Mr Brandan James Cooper. If the court pleases I appear to move that Brandan James Cooper be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Cooper in court? Mr Matthew Steven Davies. If the court pleases I appear to move that Matthew Steven Davies be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move upon the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Davies in court? Ms Caitlin Bridget Doherty. If the court pleases I appear to move that Caitlin Bridget Doherty be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Doherty in court? Ms Emily Ellis-Czerkaski If the court pleases I appear to move that Emily Ellis-Czerkaski be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Czerkaski in court? Mr Stuart Alexander Rhys Fazzolari. If the court pleases I appear to move that Stuart Alexander Rhys Fazzolari be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Fazzolari in court? Mr Joshua David Kalmus. If the court pleases I appear to move that Joshua David Kalmus be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Kalmus in court? Ms Sophie Elizabeth Kearney. If the court pleases I appear to move that Sophie Elizabeth Kearney be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Kearney in court? Ms Felicity Sarah Lee If the court pleases I appear to move that Felicity Sarah Lee be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Lee in court? Ms Phoebe Irving Lindner. If the court pleases I appear with my Learned friend Mr Lindner, my brother, we proudly move that Phoebe Irving Lindner be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and an officer of this honourable court we so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Lindner in court? Dr Bruce John Lindsay. If the court pleases I appear to move that Bruce John Lindsay be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Dr Lindsay in court? Miss Jennifer Alice Lynch. If the court pleases I appear to move that Jennifer Alice Lynch be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Lynch in court? Ms Andrea Lesley Main If the court pleases I appear to move that Andrea Lesley Main be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Main in court? Ms Khushbu Malhotra. If the court pleases I appear to move that Khushbu Malhotra be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move upon the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Malhotra in court? Mr James Dominic Marsden-Smith. If the court pleases I appear to move that James Dominic Marsden-Smith be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Marsden-Smith in court? Mr Anthony Marsicovetere. If the court pleases I appear to move that Anthony Marsicovetere be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Marsicovetere in court? Mr Michael David McCagh. If the court pleases I appear to move that Michael David McCagh be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr McCagh in court? Ms Nicola Marie Morris. If the court pleases I appear to move that Nicola Marie Morris be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Morris in court? Ms Jing Ying Crystal Ong. If the court pleases I appear to move that Jing Ying Crystal Ong be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Ong in court? Mr Daniel Yaw Opare. If the court pleases I appear to move that Daniel Yaw Opare be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Opare in court? Mr Michael Jacob Rancie. If the court pleases I appear to move that Michael Jacob Rancie be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Rancie in court? Mr Benjamin Maurice Rissman. If the court pleases I appear to move that Benjamin Maurice Rissman be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Rissman in court? Mr James Samuel Ryan. If the court pleases I appear to move that James Samuel Ryan be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Ryan in court? Ms Anna Sophia Sapountsis. If the court pleases I appear to move that Anna Sophia Sapountsis be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Sapountsis in court? Ms Meghan Jane Sheehan. If the court pleases I appear to move that Meghan Jane Sheehan be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Sheehan in court? Ms Maneka Maya Siva Nathan. If the court pleases I appear to move that Maneka Maya Siva Nathan be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Ms Siva Nathan in court? Mr Samuel James Henry Taylor. If the court pleases I appear to move that Samuel James Henry Taylor be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Taylor in court? Mr Michael David Thorne. If the court pleases I appear to move that Michael David Thorne be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Thorne in court? Mr Lloyd Robert Toffolon. If the court pleases I appear to move that Lloyd Robert Toffolon be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendations of the admissions board. Is Mr Toffolon in court? Mr Guy Kingsley Myer Waldron. If the court pleases I appear to move that Guy Kingsley Myer Waldron be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move upon the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Waldron in court? Mr David Jeremy Wloszczowski. If the court pleases I appear to move that David Jeremy Wloszczowski be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Wloszczowski in court? Mr Marcel Rafal Woda. If the court pleases I appear to move that Marcel Rafal Woda be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer and as an officer of this honourable court and I so move on the certificate and recommendation of the admissions board. Is Mr Woda in court? The Candidates will now take their oath or affirmation of office. Ladies and Gentlemen in the public galleries are reminded to remain seated during this time. Ladies and Gentlemen being sworn as I call your name, please stand and remain standing. Ms Azfal, Ms Ashby, Ms Avis, Mr Baker, Mr Barone, Mr Bellino, Mr Bourke, Ms Bradshaw, Ms Coyne, Mr Crawford, Ms Crowther, Mr Gelber, Ms Hall, Ms Jones, Ms Meddis, Ms Moore, Mr Otter, Mr Potter, Mr Repse, Mr Trotter, Ms Van Der Schans, Ms Weir. I now ask you to take the oath of office. Please hold your religious text uplifted in your right hand. You and each of you, swear by Almighty God, that you well and honestly conduct yourselves in the practice of your profession. As members of the legal profession and officers of this honourable court. to the best of your knowledge and ability. Beginning with you Madam, please repeat in turn, “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”.”I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”.”I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. “I swear by Almighty God to do so”. Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen! Please resume your seats! Ladies and Gentlemen taking the affirmation, as I call your name, please stand and remain standing. Mr Baker, Mrs Bedford, Mr Bromberg, Ms Bujanovic, Mr Cooper, Mr Davies, Ms Doherty, Ms Ellis-Czerkaski, Mr Fazzolari, Mr Kalmus, Ms Kearney, Ms Lee, Ms Lindner, Dr Lindsay, Miss Lynch, Ms Main, Ms Malhotra, Mr Marsden-Smith, Mr Marsicovetere, Mr McCagh, Ms Morris, Ms Ong, Mr Opare, Mr Rancie, Mr Rissman, Mr Ryan, Ms Sapountsis, Ms Sheehan, Ms Siva Nathan, Mr Taylor, Mr Thorne, Mr Toffolon, Mr Waldron, Mr Wloszczowski and Mr Woda. I now ask you to make your affirmation of office. You and each of you solemnly and sincerely and truly declare and affirm that you will well and honestly conduct yourselves in the practice of your profession as members of the legal profession and officers of this honourable court to the best of your knowledge and ability. Beginning with you Sir, please repeat in turn, “I do so declare and affirm”. “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” “I do so declare and affirm.” Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen! Please resume your seats! Mr Tipstaff, there is a lady outside with a small baby would you invite them in and tell the mother not to be concerned about noise, I have the microphone. Laughter. The court acknowledges the original Indigenous owners of the land where we sit today, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to their Elders of the past and of the present. The court also acknowledges the distinguished presence this morning of Her Honour Justice Gordon of the High Court of Australia and His Honour Justice Bromberg of the Federal Court of Australia and also Mr Steven Sapountsis, President of the Law Institute of Victoria. The court is satisfied that each applicant has met the requirements for admission An order will be made for each applicant to be appointed an Australian Lawyer and an Officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria. I will now address my remarks for a few moments, to the new lawyers. There are five matters I want to tell you about this morning Essential things for a modern lawyer to know. First; the current legal market is highly competitive and demanding and at times exploitative. To be employable as a lawyer you need to be alert, conscientious, a good thinker and a good team collaborator. If working already in a law office and you demonstrate those attributes, you should do well. If you are not working but aspire to employment as a lawyer, the key is how to make yourself different, so you stand out in a crowded field. So I move to my second point, Pro bono work. It is an excellent way to gain experience but simultaneously contribute to the administration of justice especially now you are an Australian lawyer. The courts daily face many individuals in criminal and civil cases who need help but do not have legal representation. Those individuals’ liberty, livelihood, home and human rights might be at stake Then there are all the community legal centres who would welcome volunteer lawyers. Relevantly, law firms are interested in those candidates who display intellectual ability combined with practical experience. Thirdly; no matter what you do in the law always protect your reputation and integrity. A lawyer has no more valuable asset. If you have a reputation for decency, honesty and ethical standards you will be admired and respected by all who deal with you, no matter how strong, strident or tough you may be in representing your clients’ interests. Ultimately, now as a lawyer you have a paramount duty to the court to ensure this court and any court you encounter, is informed of what it must know. This principal is underpinned by the very integrity I just raised. Fourthly; a very, very important matter and I would ask that you listen carefully, I raise your physical and mental health and wellbeing. The legal profession has one of the highest rates of depression among professions. This phenomenon is attributable to factors including that lawyers are generally high achievers and working extremely hard. A very important speech was given a little while ago by Associate Justice Ierodiaconou of this court, on that very topic. It is on the Supreme Court website. I urge you to read and reflect on it. All lawyers should, judges certainly are. It is full of excellent tips on how to look after yourself and the lawyers you work with. As you work in the law there will be times when it will be difficult and challenging for you physical and mental health. Always know there is someone you can turn to. Fifthly; the law is a serious profession. That said, it is immensely rewarding. There are all sorts of opportunities, so think laterally and take pleasure in helping people and protecting their rights and importantly the rule of law. Now a good advocate before a court always summarizes so, 1. Be employable 2. Seek out pro bono work 3. Be a person of integrity 4. Protect your health 5. Be a lateral thinker Those are my remarks to the new lawyers this morning other than to say on behalf of the court Our congratulations on your magnificent achievement. You should feel justifiably proud. Today is a special day to be celebrated by family, friends, principals and teachers who have brought the new lawyers to this very point and so today I say to those who have come to the court, you are very welcome, you have a new lawyer in your family or friendship circle. After the court rises and they attend to their official duty of signing the Supreme Court Roll, ask them to take you on a tour of this extraordinary palace of justice. It is one of the gems of Victorian architecture. Again the court extends warm congratulations to the new lawyers and all of those who have helped them come to this position today. We wish the new lawyers well in all that lies ahead. One final matter. Last Tuesday, 12 April 2016, marked the 175th anniversary of the first sitting of the Supreme Court in this district. 175 years since 1841 of the delivery of justice. The main order of business, on that first sitting day, was the admission of 19 lawyers including 4 barristers. Hence today, the new lawyers retrace history and become part of history. To mark the occasion The Supreme Court is giving to each new lawyer, a copy of an anniversary history, “Judging for the people”. I now produce exhibit A to the court. Laughter. The book will be presented to each new lawyer upon signing the roll after the court rises. The book will be personally presented by the editor, Dr Simon Smith. The gift will mark each new lawyer’s admission to the legal profession. To all present today, I extend an invitation to view the Supreme Court building from William Street each evening, between 6.30 pm and 11.00 pm, as we illuminate our history and light up the court in a way to mark our anniversary. The court will now adjourn. Silence! All stand please! This honourable court stands adjourned sine die. God save the Queen!

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