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    "I suppose it's because they’re always getting up and down and helping somebody and putting something in a dishwasher or whatever they're doing, because they don't have enough staff." 

    HM The Queen's explanation why her grandchildren find it difficult to communicate with each other. The New York Times, April 23, 2016 ... READ MORE >>


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    Patrick O'Sullivan ... The life and times of Patrick O'Sullivan QC ... On the Couch with the new president of the Australian Bar Association ... Issues confronting the ABA ... Where to from here? ... Adelaide or bust ... Read more ... 


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    Sins of omission ... DPP brings tax case against eccentric barrister Cliff Pannam QC, then gives character evidence for him at bureau de spank ... From Justinian's bulging archive ... Let the heady days of September 1991 be a salutary reminder to all of us ... Read more ... 


     

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    Justinian proudly publishes some of the finest lawyers ever to get their fingers near a computer keyboard. 

    Dorothy says ... Dorothy inhabits a big law firm somewhere in the wide brown land. Disturbing insights into partners' meetings, management techniques and firm retreats. 
    Junior Junior ... Our baby barrister blogger slowly comes to grips with the mysteries of the bar. 
    Peach Melba ... Dazzling, with a finely tuned Yarraside snout. 
    Theodora ... Theodora was married to Justinian, and despite a shaky start in life now runs the empire like Mrs Thatcher. 

    We'd happily induct you into the blawging hall of fame if you wanted to unpack a few burning issues. Contact the Ed. for further and better particulars. 

     

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    Sunday
    May012016

    Shakespeare on refugees

    Shakespeare had some fine things to offer politicians and judges on refugees and how to treat them ... Procrustes says it should be compulsory for ministers of the crown to read Measure For Measure ... More bribes on the way for PNG following the Supreme Court decision on the Manus Island detention centre 

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    Tuesday
    Apr122016

    Second-hand hearsay

    Stories from the depths ... Café life for Junior Junior as she soaks up the tittle-tattle and innuendo ... Channelling F.E. Smith, Birkett and Marshall Hall ... The story must be true if told by another barrister 

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    Tuesday
    Apr052016

    Returning to class

    The law is riddled with classy types, yet class is rarely mentioned ... A taboo topic at law school ... Law and privilege go hand in hand ... Barely Legal wants to talk about it because it could be affecting his legal education 

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    Tuesday
    Mar222016

    Late for the list

    Six months in ... 40 years to go ... Junior Junior reviews her first tentative steps towards wigged glory ... Dress notes ... Prospects of starvation 

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    Wednesday
    Mar162016

    Difficulty with the word "could" 

    Another expert queries the mysteries of the High Court in ICAC v Cunneen ... Legal historian Evan Whitton draws inspiration from Bob Trimbole ... Appeal courts akin to casinos 

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    Friday
    Feb122016

    Migratory thoughts

    While the High Court was tangling with M68's case, JD student Barely Legal was hearing submissions from fellow undergrads on the inner meaning of the Migration Act ... Justice v Law ... Purposive v Literal ... Denning v French ... Politics and law 

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    Tuesday
    Feb022016

    The minimalist republic

    The Republic ... The white-out way to change the Constitution ... Replace "Governor General" with "President" 46 times ... The importance of sticking with the Westminister system, not the Presidential model ... Traps and pitfalls in re-running the quest for a titular and executive Australian head of state ... Lawyer Bruce Donald on the case 

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    Thursday
    Dec102015

    Being perfect is bad

    It's depressing for law students ... Trying too hard to be perfect while feeling that work is pointless ... Where do we get off? ... Law students less inclined to share and help ... Too much competition ... Barely Legal gets the end-of-year blues 

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    Wednesday
    Dec092015

    Who is the real Inspector Clouseau?

    Former ICAC commissioner David Ipp rejects The Australian's criticism of the Doyles Creek Mining corruption findings ... Corrupt grant of exploration licence that robbed the state of well over $50 million ... Misplaced attack on ICAC inquiry 

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    Friday
    Dec042015

    Salaciousness disguised as gravitas

    Book launch news ... Defamatorium ... Launch by Justinian's editor of David Rolph's steamy, yet scholarly, work on defamation law ... Cocktails and nourishment turned on by Gilbert + Tobin ... Historic occasion on which a book launch was not performed by Michael Kirby 

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    Thursday
    Oct292015

    Weasels on the march 

    Law faculty study guides are infested with weasel words and incomprehensible babble ... Law lecturers should fight back ... According to blogger Barely Legal the law is being attacked by rotten language 

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    Sunday
    Oct182015

    Marksmanship

    Assessing the true academic capacity of law students ... Consequences for professional employment ... Variations in methods of marking ... John Eldridge and Rebecca McEwen examine how best to achieve fairness and consistency 

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    Friday
    Sep252015

    The Wolf of Phillip Street

    Drugs and lawyers ... Lawyers and drugs ... Getting busted while on the roll ... The stories that 'come up' at lunch ... Don't forget the CCTV cameras ... From our baby barrister blogger, Unrobed 

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    Thursday
    Sep242015

    Moot point

    Barely Legal does his first moot and has an out-of-body realisation ... Of course, it's about the "experience" - never mind the winning ... Breathe in, breathe out ... Our student-at-law blogs 

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    Sunday
    Sep132015

    Border Force on parade

    Blunders ahead as Australian Border Force gets to grips with "reasonable suspicion" ... Australia's refugee intake - much more woeful than the PM would have us believe ... Richard Flanagan wide of the mark on Border Force powers ... Government by smoke and mirrors ... Procrustes on the beat  

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