Tasmanian Women Lawyers: Updated Website and Upcoming Event on 17 June 2016 with Australian Women Lawyers President
The Tasmanian Women Lawyers (TWL) has recently updated its website. See http://twl.asn.au/. Thank you to Committee member, Tori Hodgman, for all her hard work in loading lots of new material, including photos from the very successful Meet the Judiciary cocktail party, onto the site.
A "Legal Aid Matters" Rally will be held on 16 May 2016 at 1 pm on the Parliament House lawns in Hobart. The event is supported by the Law Society of Tasmania, the Law Council of Australia and the Tasmanian Bar.
This article provides a useful overview of the life and police career of Roger Rogerson, who is currently on trial in Sydney for the murder of Jamie Gao. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2639716/Disgraced-former-detective-wanted-murder-Sydney-university-student-Jamie-Gao.html
In an article from the Australasian Lawyer dated 6 May 2016 it is stated that a Queensland barrister has been ordered to pay $150,000 in damages after a Supreme Court jury found he defamed a Victorian police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Tyler Cassidy in a skate park in 2008. See http://www.australasianlawyer.com.au/news/lawyer-ordered-to-pay-150000-in-defamation-damages-215599.aspx
A very interesting article in the ABC News (27 April 2016) about the body of a man floating to the surface of a Queensland lake 18 months after his disappearance: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/body-found-lake-eacham-missing-man-maurice-shutter/7364082
Aleksander Vojneski is appealing his conviction and life sentence for the stabbing murder of Paula Conlon in the ACT in 2012. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/aleksander-vojneski-appeals-conviction-and-life-sentence-for-paula-conlon-murder-20160502-gojy3y
Yesterday, Monday 2 May 2016, I attended the Hobart Magistrate's Court at midday to hear the handing down of the findings into the Lucille Butterworth matter by Coroner Simon Cooper. The findings can be located here: http://www.magistratescourt.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/344833/Butterworth,_Lucille.pdf
Tonight, Monday 2 May 2016, I am attending a Women Chiefs of Enterprises International (WCEI) fellowship dinner with guest speaker Ms Carmel Robertson, News Editor with the ABC. Members will also be receiving an important update report from State President, Ms Ros Cardinal.
On Thursday 28 April 2016, I attended the "What Can Be Done About Wrongful Convictions" forum held at the Sydney University Law School by the Sydney Institute of Criminology. The session involved a panel comprising prominent US experts, Professor Jon Gould and Professor Richard Leo, and leading Australian researchers, Dr Bob Moles and Ms Bibi Sangha from South Australia. The panel was facilitated by Associate Professor David Hamer from Sydney University. See http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/457.html?eventcategoryid=35&eventid=11257
Sad to see that it has taken 27 years for the families of the victims of this disaster to discover the truth of what occurred at an English football game on 15 April 1989. See http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-26/hillsborough-verdict-jury-says-96-fans-unlawfully-killed/7360586