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Ten countries where lawyers are under attack

EgyptThe Law Society of England and Wales has submitted information to the UN Human Rights Council that an increasingly authoritarian government in Egypt is systematically undermining the rule of law, attacking legal process, lawyers and human rights defenders. It says lawyers are routinely subjected to harassment, arrest and prosecution. IndonesiaJakarta-based human…
Rumpole of the Bailey: Where defiance is a virtue

Rumpole of the Bailey: Where defiance is a virtue

Rumpole of the Bailey was created by British writer (and former barrister and QC) John Mortimer as a defiant criminal lawyer. He first made a television appearance in the week before Christmas 1975 but wouldn’t become a familiar face on British and New Zealand screens until the 1980s. Rumpole of the…

New Zealand's oldest law firms

A 150th birthday is an important milestone, and the New Zealand Law Society is acknowledging the moment in a fitting manner when it hits 150 on 3 September. It’s a long-lived institution, but within the practice of law there are some which are older still. In fact, there are 24…

Diversity in the legal profession: At a glance

The demographic makeup of New Zealand’s legal profession continues to change. While the proportion of women and men practising law now reflects that of our society, the ethnic makeup of the profession still lags behind that of the national population. The information provided here is intended to give an overview…

Some cases involving sheep

The Confederate sheepLoyal United States citizen Mrs Lee lived in Pennsylvania but owned a flock of 608 sheep in Texas (witnesses later disagreed on the exact number). The American Civil War broke out in April 1861 and Mrs Lee left her sheep in charge of a shepherd. In March 1863…

Snapshot of the profession 2019

Over 14,000 lawyers now hold practising certificates issued by the New Zealand Law Society. They range in age from 22 to over 90. While there is obviously a lot more than the numbers, the information which the Law Society collects in its regulatory role can provide some useful details on…

The Articulate Advocate: Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals, Arbitrations and Motions, 2nd edition

By Brian K Johnson and Marsha Hunter Reviewed by Garry Williams In 1992, Tom Amberry, a 72-year-old retiree, walked onto a basketball court in Riverside, California and made 2,750 consecutive free throws without a miss. This, at the time, was a world record. In fact, Dr Amberry could have made more, but…

Cross-Examination: Science and Technique

By Larry S. Pozner & Roger J Dodd, 3rd Edition, LexisNexis Reviewed by Garry Williams I think I first saw Irving Younger’s The Ten Commandments of Cross-Examination on VHS when I was a summer clerk at the end of 1991. By then, it had been around for over 15 years and the…

Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War

By Judge Arthur Tompkins Reviewed by Louisa Gommans   Wellington solicitor and founding co-trustee of the New Zealand Art Crime Research Trust Louise Gommans talks to Judge Arthur Tompkins, author of the recently published Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War. Tell me how you became involved in the study of…

Foundation's inaugural grants boost legal projects

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation announced five inaugural grants totalling over $1.7 million in February. The Foundation was established by District Court Judge Ian Borrin shortly before his death in March 2016, in memory of his parents. Judge Borrin left $38 million in his will to the Foundation, to…
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