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Jay Williams is the barrister appearing for some of the asylum seekers on Manus Island ... He's been representing them before a court of inquiry into alleged human rights abuses ... Deported by the PNG government ... Further proceedings pending ... From Melbourne to the Sydney bar via Arnhem Land with Immanuel Kant in his back pocket ... Now he's on Justinian's couch ... Read on ...

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Bigot Watch ... Soapy on the free speech balustrades ... 100 flowers to bloom ... Anti-Muslin groups rally in support ... Polly Peck reports ... Read more ...

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    "Even in the members stand, you walk around and think - I can see bra, I can see cellulite and everything is very short. When you go to where Fashions on the Field is held, everyone looks impeccible and it would be nice if that started filtering through to the racecourse as a whole." 

    Marlia Saunders, lawyer at Ashurst, Sydney, finalist at Derby Day's Fashions on the Field at Randwick. The Sydney Morning Herald, April 11, 2014  READ MORE >>

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    Justinian Featurettes

    Jay Williams is the barrister appearing for a group of the asylum seekers on Manus Island ... He was deported by the PNG government ... Further proceedings are pending ... Up close On the Couch ... Read more ... 

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    Da Mystery of the Da Vinci Code litigation ... Forgotten heros of the Sydney Institute ... Larry Adler Dinner disappoints ... A slice of history from the "Uglies" ... Queensland's fearful Bureau de Spank ... That was then ... Read more ...



    My big fat law career

    Dining at the desk ... Health issues ... Law firm meal subsidies designed to trap lawyers at their desks ... Chronic wear and tear ... Barely Legal dedicates herself to fighting work-induced flab 

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    Lawyers squirming in the box

    No flies on Royal Commissioner Peter McClellan ... Searing examination of Catholic Church lawyers ... The Ellis case - defence at any cost ... Litigation and ethics ... Telling transcript ... The Cardinal regrets 

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    Never cross a Cossack

    Recently resigned Solicitor General Walter Sofronoff says Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie is unfit for office ... He cannot be trusted to maintain confidences so he cannot fulfil his duty as attorney general ... Bombshell letter 

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    Dispatches from the front line

    Cossack charges off the field of battle ... Soapy in all his finery ... Juries and the finer points of the LBW rule ... Roughshagger picks-up the pace ... Lawyers saved by OLSC systems failure ... A short history of fun-filled superimpositions  

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    Speedy justice at work 

    Magistrate ticked off for making five serious errors of law in a single flourish ... Madge Coombs zapped by Dickie Button ... Slow down and follow the dance steps 

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    Straining credulity

    Barrister gives "unbelievable, incredible" evidence about attending to a client at the Cop Shop ... Is the NSW bar n grill looking into this? ... Where's the OLSC? 

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    Queen's committee sifts submissions in NSW

    Special QCs' committee to see if the moniker is irresistible for NSW barristers ... Can parliament be moved? ... Special symposium for reptiles to discover how justice is made 

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    Bye Bye Biennale

    Artemus Jones on the withdrawal of Transfield funding and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis from the Biennale of Sydney ... Victory of the trolls ... Caving in to political correctness ... Arts bodies have got to show courage in the face of attacks ... Otherwise they're doomed 

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    Stacking the deck 

    Payback time in Queensland ... Attorney General's scheme to lock-up the criminal appeal bench ... Splitting the Court of Appeal and sidelining Margaret McMurdo P ... Nothing too subtle  

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