Society Committees

The Society has a number of committees (Committees of Council) established as a source of expert advice to Council and to assist the Society to accomplish policy, regulatory and functional responsibilities. Committees inform Council on policy directions, develop guidance materials and submissions on legislative and policy initiatives, and support the strategic objectives of Council. A list of Society Committees is below.

Committees are convened annually in accordance with the Society Committee Charter and typically fall into one of two categories:

  • Governance and regulatory; and
  • Legal policy, advisory and functional (standing and ad hoc committees).

Forum for members
Committees provide a forum for members to participate in the life of the Society and an opportunity to be involved in the initiation of professional development and other opportunities for the broader Tasmanian legal profession. Committee members gain professionally and personally from collegial contacts, and future Society leaders often emerge through involvement in the committee system.

Members are encouraged to contact the committees through the relevant committee Chair to convey practical concerns and questions or to provide feedback on specific areas of legislative and policy reform.

Membership
Membership of a committee is a voluntary and honorary role which is to bring necessary skills and knowledge to the committee. Committees have an important role and the way in which they perform is integral to Council’s decision-making and the performance of the Society as a whole. Members’ participation is critical to the success of committees.

Committee membership provides Society members with an opportunity to:

  • contribute to law reform and the Society’s work in promoting access to justice in Tasmania;
  • represent the professional interests of legal practitioners in Tasmania;
  • consider issues affecting the legal profession; and
  • connect with legal practitioners with similar interests.

Continuing professional development
Regular attendance at meetings and participation as a member of a committee is a recognised continuing professional development (CPD) activity under the Society’s Mandatory CPD Scheme. See Practice Guideline 4.

  • Committees are provided with administrative support by the Society. This includes typing and photocopying services.
  • Light catering is supplied at all Committee meetings and a dinner is provided annually by the Society to its committee members.
  • Committee members are listed and acknowledged for their positions and contributions via the Society’s website.
  • At the end of each year of active service the Society issues a Certificate of Service to committee members in recognition of their member services.
  • At the end of each Committee Year, (which commenced in Committee Year 2014/2015), the Society presents an honorary Outstanding Committee Award.

Committees usually meet monthly or bimonthly in accordance with a Committee Meeting Schedule which is settled at the beginning of each calendar year. Download the Schedule of Meetings – Committees 2022.

On average, Committee workload requires a commitment of one day per month. Committee members are expected to attend most meetings; read agenda papers; contribute to discussion at meetings; undertake research from time to time; and prepare submissions and correspondence.

The Society Committee Charter provides information on committee processes and member responsibilities.

  • Each year the Society invites its members to submit expressions of interest in committee membership for the coming year. A Selection Panel convenes in late April each year.
  • The committee year runs from 1 May to 30 April. For more information about Society committees, please see the Society Committee Charter.
  • You are able to express your interest by completing an online EOI Form.
  • The most recent call for EOIs closed at noon on Friday 22 April 2022.

Outside the annual call for EOI period
To express an interest in joining a Society committee outside the annual call for EOI period, please submit your EOI to the Society at any time through the year using the
online EOI Form. In this instance, you will receive an email stating that your application will be held for consideration should a vacancy arise during the committee year.

 

List of Society Committees

Currently meets biennially and on an ad hoc basis as required (see Terms of Reference).

The Continuing Professional Development Committee assesses and evaluates the Mandatory CPD Scheme and the Law Society’s CPD program, reporting and making recommendations to Council.

CPD Committee Terms of Reference

  • Trevor McKenna – Ogilvie Jennings (Chair)
  • Carey Higgins – Land Titles Office
  • Robert Hudson – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Helen Bassett – Walsh Day James Mihal

Currently meets very two months.

Winner of the Law Society of Tasmania Outstanding Committee Award 2018

  • Ian Arendt – Barrister (Chair)
  • Cameron Scott – Barrister
  • Dinesh Loganathan – Logan & Partners
  • James Crotty – Crotty Legal
  • Peter Slipper – Michael Kirby Chambers
  • Hugo Aston – Barclay Churchill Family and Criminal Lawyers Pty Ltd
  • Caroline Graves – Michael Kirby Chambers

Currently meets monthly. Winner of the Law Society of Tasmania Outstanding Committee Award 2021

  • Alison Wiss – McMullen Lawyers (Chair)
  • Kristen McLagan – McLean McKenzie & Topfer
  • Jacinta French – Shields Heritage
  • Kimberley Martin – WMM Law
  • Shelby Llewelyn – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Victor Murray – Tasmania Legal Aid

Currently meets monthly. Winner of the Law Society of Tasmania Outstanding Committee Award 2016

  • Amelia Higgs – Dobson Mitchell Allport (Chair)
  • Alison Wells – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Craig Green – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Henry Pill – Hall Payne Lawyers
  • Harriet Farquhar – Aurora Energy
  • Yvette Cehtel – Women’s Legal Service Tasmania
  • Emily Creak – Maurice Blackburn
  • Sebastian Buscemi – Odin Lawyers
  • Angela Ryan – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Samantha Clarke – Launceston Community Legal Centre

Currently meets monthly.

  • Mary Anne Ryan – Barrister (Chair)
  • Linda Connelly – Clarke & Gee Devonport
  • Sally Rofe – Wallace Wilkinson & Webster
  • David Harper – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Meghan Scolyer – Murdoch Clarke
  • Peter Slipper – Michael Kirby Chambers
  • Trevor McKenna – Ogilvie Jennings
  • Hugo Aston – Barclay Churchill Family and Criminal Lawyers Pty Ltd

Currently meets every two months.

  • Luke Taylor – HWL Ebsworth (Chair)
  • Sam McCullough – Simmons Wolfhagen
  • Edward Burrows-Cheng – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Aysha Williams – McLean McKenzie & Topfer
  • Pierre Dordhain – Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Gabrielle McDonald – Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Lachlan Thompson – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Matthew Wilkins – Page Seager Pty Ltd
  • John Buckley – Tierney Law

Currently meets every two months.

  • Tanya Dargaville – Department of Health & Human Services (Chair)
  • Carey Higgins – Land Titles Office
  • Jane Hutchison – Hobart Community Legal Service
  • Claire Bookless – Environmental Defenders Office
  • Peter Slipper – Michael Kirby Chambers
  • Angela Ryan – Angela Ryan

Currently meets monthly. Winner of the Law Society of Tasmania Outstanding Committee Award 2020; 2019; 2017; 2015

  • Alex Bobbi – Dobson Mitchell Allport (Chair)
  • Will Justo – Wallace Wilkinson & Webster
  • Simon Perraton – University of Tasmania
  • Hugh McCracken – Wallace Wilkinson & Webster
  • Aurora Kostezky – Tremayne Fay Rheinberger
  • Antony Logan – HWL Ebsworth
  • Ron Jorgensen – Thomas Geer Lawyers
  • Suzette Pullinger – Davies Collison Cave Pty Ltd
  • Zoey Donnellan – Simmons Wolfhagen
  • Sebastian Thomas-Wilson – Tierney Law

Currently meets monthly.

  • Simon Gates – Barrister (Chair)
  • Catherine Scott – Conmoto Group
  • Harriet Farquhar – Aurora Energy
  • Rebecca Irwin – Mental Health Tribunal
  • Suzanne Harris – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Emma White – Simmons Wolfhagen
  • Craig Mackie – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Merrilyn Williams – Legal Profession Board of Tasmania
  • Sally Rofe – Wallace, Wilkinson & Webster
  • Jade Standaloft – Women’s Legal Service (Tas) Inc
  • Co President Scott Ashby – Hobart Community Legal Service
  • Co President Lewis Ringwaldt – Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Treasurer Bernard Goh – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Secretary Robert Holbrook – Simmons Wolfhagen
  • CPD Officer Zoey Dwyer – Butler McIntyre & Butler
  • Communications and Social Media – Georgia Morris – Simmons Wolfhagen

General Members 2021-2022

  • Alinta Robinson-Herbert – Tremayne Fay Rheinberger
  • Cooper Denehey – Simmons Wolfhagen
  • Edward Burrows-Cheng – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Jake Farmer – Department of Justice – Office of the Crown Solicitor
  • Meghan Scolyer – Murdoch Clarke
  • Samantha Griffin – Murdoch Clarke
  • Suzanne Harris – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Ellie Law – Dobson Mitchell Allport
  • Audrey Clarkson – Page Seager

The Southern Young Lawyers Committee (SYLC) is a committee of the Law Society of Tasmania that promotes the interests of early career members of the Tasmanian legal profession. The SYLC is comprised of early career lawyers, classified as persons with less than 5 years practical experience or under the age of 35. Lawyers from local firms and government departments volunteer for the SYLC, as well as representatives from the University of Tasmania’s Law School and the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course.

The SYLC meets once a month to discuss issues relevant to early career practitioners and soon to be admitted practitioners / graduates. The SYLC liaises with the Law Society of Tasmania to develop initiatives that address these concerns. Of particular interest to the SYLC is the mental wellbeing of graduates and early career practitioners, which has emerged as a critical concern in recent years. The SYLC is committed to acknowledging and addressing this issue and does so by promoting awareness and arranging activities that encourage a positive work/life balance. In addition to its policy framework, the SYLC is also engaged in organising professional and social events for the wider profession. Such activities include CPD activities, the annual Tasmanian Golden Gavel competition, bi-annual long lunches and end of year functions.

For more information, or to become involved with the SYLC head to Southern Young Lawyers Committee on Facebook here or Instagram @sylc.tas

  • President Jessica Stewart – Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Vice President Berivan Kurdistan – Tasmania Legal Aid – Launceston
  • Secretary Timothy Drew – Rae & Partners
  • Treasurer Andrew Lonergan – Tasmania Legal Aid – Launceston
  • Social Co-ordinator Alexander Pemberton – Tasmania Police Northern Prosecution Service
  • Sponsorship/Marketing Lucas Lim- Douglas & Collins
  • CPD Coordinator Stephen Cronin – Fitzgerald and Browne

General Members 2021-2022

  • Courtney Bailey – Bishops
  • Louis Benjamin – Rae & Partners
  • Mathew Williams – Douglas & Collins
  • Zachariah Lieutier – Rae & Partners
  • Claudia Jones – Rae & Partners

The Northern Young Lawyers Committee (NYLC) is a committee of the Law Society of Tasmania that promotes the interests of early career members of the Tasmanian legal profession in the north of the state. The NYLC is comprised of early career lawyers, classified as persons with less than 5 years practical experience or under the age of 35. Lawyers from local firms and government departments volunteer to be a part of the NYLC.

The NYLC meets to discuss issues relevant to early career practitioners and soon to be admitted practitioners / graduates. The NYLC liaises with the Law Society of Tasmania to develop initiatives that address these concerns. The NYLC is involved in organising professional and social events for the local profession, including CPD activities.

For more information, or to become involved with the NYLC head to Northern Young Lawyers Committee on Facebook here.

  • President Amber Scott – Rae & Partners
  • Vice-President Callum Tregurtha – Matthew Verney Lawyers
  • Secretary Sophie Warren – Tasmania Legal Aid – Burnie
  • Treasurer Amy Cawston – Rae & Partners
  • CPD Coordinator Jade Standaloft – Women’s Legal Service (Tas) Inc.

General members 2021-2022

  • Caitlin Johnson – Rae & Partners
  • Helen Bassett – Walsh Day James Mihal
  • Aysha Williams – McLean, McKenzie & Topfer
  • Amit Sarma – Tasmania Police Prosecution

The North-West Young Lawyers Committee (NWYLC) is a committee that promotes the interests of early career Tasmanian legal professions on the north-west coast. The NWYLC is comprised of early career practitioners from local firms as well as members of Tasmania Legal Aid, Tasmania Police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The NWYLC welcomes members located from Latrobe though to Smithton and holds events in Devonport, Ulverstone and Burnie. The NWYLC meets monthly to discuss matters for practitioners in the north-west. The NWLC committee also hosts regular social events such as bimonthly dinners, bi-monthly Friday night drinks and the annual quiz night. Additionally, each year the NWYLC committee has the privilege of hosting the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course students for a tour of the north-west coast and to drinks and dinner with the NW Profession. The NWYCL otherwise co-ordinates with the Law Society of Tasmania and other local Young Lawyers Committees to host Continuing Professional Development (CPD events) aimed at providing early career lawyers with essential skills for practice.

The key goal of the NWYLC is to promote the north-west coast as an area for practice and to support the retention of practitioners on the north-west coast. In achieving this goal the NWYLC not only supports early career lawyers, but supports law graduates who are about to enter the profession, and encourages them to seek the opportunities for practice that the NW provides.

To contact this committee and/or join our Facebook group click here.