FGM summit

Three Years Ago

This is a photo taken 3 years ago today of the last job I did before I discovered (the next day) that I had throat cancer. I was immediately scheduled to have a biopsy and an unanticipated side effect of the surgery was the temporary loss of my voice. So, within 2 or 3 days […]

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LSJ April 2016

The Atypical CEO

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Partner of Maddocks Michelle Dixon is different to the leaders of most major firms in several notable ways. Despite her award-winning reputation for promoting gender equity, she was reluctant to become the “first among equals” at her firm. Dixon’s greatest passion is litigation. There is nothing in life that makes […]

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A look back on Mardi Gras, from someone who was there in 1978

It shocked me last week when the several NSW politicians compared the demonstrators who marched in the first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to Rosa Parks, the African-American civil rights activist who famously refused to move to the back of the bus. Gay activists had fought for equality and acceptance and paid a personal price. […]

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Julie & Emily

People with Disabilities Prep for Mardi Gras

A group of organisations supporting people with disabilities will take part in this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, and have released a video calling for others to have “disability pride”. People with Disability Australia, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and Northcott will join forces at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras […]

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Alan Cameron

Commission Resurrection

Julie McCrossin talks to Alan Cameron AO about his new role with the NSW Law Reform Commission and why it is time to review the guardianship legislation. When Alan Cameron AO greets me just before Christmas at the reception desk of Ashurst Australia, high above Martin Place, he immediately puts me at ease with his […]

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Besmellah Rezaee

A Passion for Change

NSW Young Lawyers’ 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year is Besmellah Rezaee, 29. He arrived in Australia with his family at the age of 18 with limited English, after fleeing Afghanistan when he was 11. In 2012, he was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year in South Australia. In 2014, he received the inaugural John Gibson AM […]

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Melbourne Coastrek

Melbourne Coastrek

This Friday, I will be walking 30km as a team member of Coastrek Cavaliers in the first ever Melbourne Coastrek. I’m taking on this challenge to support The Fred Hollows Foundation to restore sight to the needlessly blind. Please sponsor my trek and support my efforts to walk 30km this Friday to give the gift […]

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Ed Santow

Wanting to Do Justice

More than 500 lawyers in NSW do voluntary work for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) – primarily for their Homeless Persons’ Legal Service – and many firms provide a range of support, including Allens, which makes their Indigenous Justice Program possible. Julie McCrossin talks to Ed Santow, PIAC’s Chief Executive Officer, about the hallmarks […]

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Julie McCrossin

Support Australian Marriage Equality

Fifteen prominent Australian activists, campaigners and politicians tell William Brougham why they support marriage equality in Australia. Speakers include human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Norrie May-Welby, Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore, broadcaster Julie McCrossin, politicians Alex Greenwich, Jenny Leong, Christine Forster, Penny Sharpe, Bruce Notley Smith and Trevor Khan, the Socialist Alliance’s Rachel Evans, […]

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