SA: Between Two Olive Trees – John William Perry AO Oration 2021

The South Australian Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association hosted the John William Perry AO QC Oration on 17 September at the Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo.

This year’s Oration featured an ‘on the couch’ Q&A session entitled “Between Two Olive Trees”, with guests The Honourable Vickie Chapman MP, Attorney-General and The Honourable Kyam Maher MLC, Shadow Attorney-General.

It was moderated by Mr Anthony Durkin, Barrister, Villeneuve Smith Chambers.

The event also featured guest speaker Dr James Muecke AM, the 2020 Australian of the Year and Chairman of Sight for All.

Guests also enjoyed a three-course Greek banquet, premium drinks and entertainment.

Pictures from the Event

VIC: POSTPONED – “Observations from the Bench”, with The Honourable Justice Lex Lasry AM

Due to the current COVID restrictions in Victoria, the Victorian Chapter of HAL has decided to postpone the 4 August function “Observations from the Bench”, with the Honourable Justice Lex Lasry AM.

It is hoped to now hold the event in late October.

Members will be informed when a date has been finalised.

All persons who have registered and already paid for the 4 August event through Trybooking are entitled to a refund.

Andrew Panna QC
Chair, Victorian Chapter of Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association

SA: Young Lawyers Networking Event

The South Australian Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association hosted a professional networking event for emerging legal practitioners to connect and share ideas and experiences with each other and with senior legal practitioners on the South Australian HAL committee.

Guests included The Honourable Chris Kourakis, Chief Justice of South Australia, as well as HAL SA Chapter Committee members Louis Leventis and Harry Patsias.

It was held at the 2KW Rooftop Bar & Restaurant in Adelaide on 24 June and attracted many participants.

This event presented a unique opportunity to inform, celebrate and promote Hellenic ideals, cultural harmony and diversity across the emerging legal profession and for emerging legal practitioners to consider the way in which such ideals continue to shape and benefit the legal profession now and in the future.

Pictures from the event

VIC: The Pitfalls of Lawyers Communicating with the Media, by the Hon Justice Emilios Kyrou

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association facilitated a presentation by the Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou entitled “Pitfalls of Lawyers communicating with the media” online via Webex on 2 June 2021.

You can view a paper on his presentation here: Pitfalls of Lawyers communicating with the media

Justice Kyrou canvassed the risks to lawyers when communicating with the media, including:

  • Breach of confidence
  • Breach of professional conduct rules
  • Contempt of court
  • Waiver of privilege
  • Misleading or deceptive conduct

HAL members from around the country joined the virtual presentation, with more than 150 registering for the event.

Justice Kyrou is a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

He was appointed to that position in July 2014 after serving as a trial Judge since May 2008.

HAL financial members who attend the webinar may earn 1 CPD point in Ethics and Professional Responsibility.