CLA President makes first visit

Dr Peter Maynard, the president of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, was visiting Brisbane last week. Photos: Geoff McLeod

Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) President Dr Peter Maynard chose to stop in Brisbane on Friday on his first visit to Australia.

Arriving from Papua New Guinea that afternoon, the Federal Court of Australia hosted a welcome function for Dr Maynard with Justice Collier and Justice Logan addressing the function.

Dr Maynard spoke on the importance of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the work it does. The theme was recognising the importance of Australia’s role as a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and the operation of the Rule of Law practised in Commonwealth countries around the world.

About 30 people attended the event including Supreme Court of Queensland Chief Justice Bowskill and Chief Judge Devereaux, Justice Downes of Federal Court of Australia, Justice Hindman of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Judge Coates of Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, Deputy President McCabe of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Lee Benjamin of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Bar Association of Queensland President Damien O’Brien KC, Australian Bar Association President Peter Dunning KC, Queensland Law Society President Rebecca Fogerty, and the President of the Law Society of Tonga, Lopeti Senituli, who was also visiting Brisbane.

The QLS President said on a social media post that expanding perspectives and collaborating beyond our borders was essential to effectively serve and represent our members.

“It is my hope for 2024 that we can strengthen international ties and create more opportunities for our members to shape the future of legal practice, both within and beyond our borders,” she posted.

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