Sydney Law School Foundation celebrates The Hon. James Spigelman QC AC (BA 1967, LLB 1971, LLD 2004)

4 October 2011

The Sydney Law School Foundation is pleased to dedicate its annual event to the Honourable James Spigelman AC QC, celebrating his significant contribution to the law and his work for social justice.

The Honourable James Spigelman AC QC graduated from the University of Sydney in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts, before going on to complete his LLB in 1971 and receiving the University Medal in Law. Later in his career, the University awarded him an LLD (2004). As a student leader, he took an active role in the 1965 Freedom Rides to rural NSW alongside student activist, Charles Perkins.

While admitted to practise as a solicitor in 1972, he served as Senior Advisor and Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Gough Whitlam until 1975, at which time he was appointed Secretary to the Department of Media. Not commencing his practice at the NSW Bar until three years after his admission there in 1976, he served for several years as a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission and spent some time abroad. While at the Bar, he focused predominantly on constitutional law, administrative law and appellate work. In 1986, James was appointed Queen's Counsel. He then served as Solicitor-General of NSW in 1997 before receiving his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1998.

On 18 March 2011, Mr Spigelman announced his decision to retire as Chief Justice. He retired on 31 May 2011 and was succeeded on the bench by Tom Bathurst QC.

Please join us for a cocktail reception in his honour.



Wednesday 19 October 2011



Law Foyer

Level 2, Sydney Law School

The University of Sydney


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Sydney Law School alumni: $40 inc GST

Others: $50 inc GST

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