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Court on camera


Cite as: September 2013 87 (9) LIJ, p.18

Breaker Morant appeal finally heard

Lieutenants Harry "Breaker" Morant, Peter Handcock and George Witton were convicted of murdering prisoners during the Boer War 111 years ago. Morant and Handcock were shot within a day of sentencing and Witton was imprisoned for life. Melbourne military lawyer James Unkles organised a moot appeal at the Supreme Court's Banco Court for the lieutenants who never got to appeal their sentences. The appeal was successful. "This appeal and the evidence heard by the Court confirmed what I have always said, that these Australian veterans were subjected to a trial process that was illegal and improper according to the laws of 1902 and they suffered a terrible, unjust and fatal penalty," said Unkles, who has petitioned the British and Australian governments as well as the Queen for an independent inquiry into the case and exoneration of the three dead soldiers. Pictured left to right: James Unkles, Dan Mori, Andrew Kirkham QC, Sandy Street SC, Gary Hevey, Gerry Nash QC, Peter Billings, Markorious Habib, David Mason and Glenn Hanafin.

Young lawyers help the homeless

Young lawyers turned out to raise money for people experiencing homelessness at the LIV & Hanover Welfare Services mooting competition on 24 July. The winning team members, from Arnold Bloch Leibler – Sam Flynn, Alexandra Lachal, Claire Kelly and Tom Dreyfus – are pictured. Damien Clancy from Colin Biggers & Paisley, the runners-up in the competition, won Best Advocate award for his hypothetical appeal of a murder conviction. Almost 300 people attended the 2013 LIV Young Lawyers Trivia Night on 18 July. Just Table 4, the team of young guns from M+K Lawyers, won the competition. The two events raised more than $35,000.

Doing Business in Asia

The LIV seminar Doing Business in Asia, moderated by LIV International Law Section chair Jacob Chylinksi (far right) examined the importance of developing individual and organisational capabilities for an Asia-ready workforce. Other presenters pictured left to right are: Kelvin Tam, Hunt and Hunt Lawyers; Wesa Chau, Cultural Intelligence; and Jenny McGregor, Asialink CEO . LIV president Reynah Tang (centre) also attended.

Sideways to the Top launch

Former LIV councillor and co-founder of Justitia Lawyers Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou features in a new book Sideways to the Top by Norah Breekveldt, and spoke at its launch on 29 July in Melbourne. The book focuses on the careers of 10 successful women and their rise to leadership positions. At the launch, Ms Ierodiaconou spoke about the success of Justitia's non-traditional workplace model. The LIV 's first public relations officer Jane Fenton is also profiled in the book along with Indigenous arts lawyer Terri Janke and Boost Juice founder Janine Allis.

First LIV Careers Fair

More than 600 law students attended the LIV 's first Careers Fair on 11 July at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. There were 35 exhibitors, including large law firms, government, and regional firms. Students were put to the test in mock interviews by human resources specialists and industry professionals. Jessica Crawford and Kasey Zu (Allens) are pictured.


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