Last week I attended a very interesting public seminar at the Faculty of Law at UTAS in Hobart on "Lifting the Veil: The Role and Ethics of the Government Lawyer" by Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Associate Professor at UNSW, Sydney. Dr Appleby's most recent book is The Role of the Solicitor-General: Negotiating Law, Politics and the Public Interest (Hart Publishing June 2016).
Tonight I am attending a meeting of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) (Victorian Chapter) at Victoria University in Melbourne.
Just finished reading Colin McLaren's book JFK: The Smoking Gun Hachette Australia 2013. My interest in the book was piqued when I heard Tasmanian barrister Greg Richardson referring to it at a recent Law Society "Afternoon of Forensics" CPD session. I was part-way through the book and his comments on the forensic evidence of the relevant and fatal head wound, and the ballistics evidence seemingly withheld from the Warren Commission, spurred me on to finish the book.
The next biennial conference of the Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP) is to be held in Cairns, Australia, in association with the International Association of Women and Policing (IAWP). This promises to be a great event. From memory the last joint conference was held in Canberra, ACT, many years ago.
While I was on holidays recently, I was able to finally read Chester Porter QC's legal memoirs entitled Chester Porter: Walking on Water: A Life in the Law (Random House Australia 2003). I am very fortunate to have an autographed copy, as Chester kindly signed my set of his books (including his books on miscarriages of justice and advocacy) when I lasted visited him and his wife, Jean, at his home in Sydney.
This week I will be attending the annual conference of the Asia Pacific Coroner's Society (of which I am a member) in Perth, Western Australia. See program here: http://www.dcconferences.com.au/apcsc2016/program_overview
On Friday 4 November 2016, I attended "An Afternoon of Forensics" at the Tasmanian Law Society (as part of its CPD Program).
Here is an excellent article for lawyers by Professor Gary Redmond of UNSW and others on how to cross-examine forensic scientists: http://netk.net.au/Forensic/UNSW1.pdf
Last night, in my capacity as a member of the Tasmanian Law Society's Criminal Law Committee, I attended the launch of the inaugural Tasmanian Coronial Practice Handbook at the Law Society. The publication was funded by a $40,000 grant from the Law Foundation of Tasmania.
A very interesting article about capital punishment and miscarriages of justice in China. See https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/22/we-might-abolish-the-death-penalty-in-20-years-he-jiahong-on-justice-in-china?CMP=share_btn_link