Lecture addresses lawyers’ public image

The Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ) is hosting the third Selden Society lecture of the year on Thursday, 3 August.

The lecture, Queensland Law Society: Serving ‘conscientious, honest lawyers’, will be presented by historian Helen Gregory at 5.30pm at the Banco Court, Level 3, 415 George Street, Brisbane.

A statement praising ‘conscientious honest lawyers’ was published in a Brisbane newspaper in 1874.

At that time, the public image of lawyers, barristers, as well as solicitors, was poor. For decades Queensland Parliaments were inclined to agree. The creation of the incorporated Queensland Law Society (QLS) was seen as an important step in improving the reputation of lawyers.

In this lecture, Helen will present the challenges which needed to be addressed, and how government was persuaded to pass the necessary legislation, taking into account the expectations of solicitors, Parliament and the public.

QLS Vice President Rebecca Fogerty will give a short speech before the lecture and officially open the new SCLQ and QLS exhibition, A force for good: past, present and future – Your law library and QLS celebrate 150 years since the foundation of Queensland’s first law society.


Items from the exhibition will be displayed in the Banco Court foyer before and after the lecture.

There will be refreshments in the Portrait Gallery after the lecture.

Register to attend this free lecture in person, please bring your ticket for quick check-in. The lecture will also be livestreamed, so can you register to join via Zoom. CPD points: One point per hour, self-assessed (BAQ and QLS).

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