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20 November, 2009  
Goings On ...

Lawyer politics and election fever … Leadership ambitions will end in a few tears at forthcoming LCA elections

imageAt the end of the month a bus load of legal politicos will descend on Canberra for an exciting round of voting at the Law Council of Australia.

On Friday Nov. 27 there’ll be a farewell feast at the National Portrait Gallery for retiring LCA prez, John Corcoran.

Everyone will try and be very nice to each other, but next morning is when the blood and the tears are due to start flowing.

After Sunshine Coast solicitor Glenn Ferguson is anointed president and Alex Ward, an Adelaide barrister moves up a notch to prez-elect, there will be two tussles – one for treasurer of the LCA and the other for three positions as executive members.

Normally in the slow climb to the top the next ordained in line for treasurer would be Victorian solicitor Catherine Gale.

However, Joe Catanzariti, the outgoing prez of the NSW Law ‘n’ Order Society wants to get up the pole quicker and has also put up his hairy paw to be treasurer.

Names that are in the hat for the three executive positions on the board of directors include VicBar’s finest Michael Colbran, Megan Mahon a Queensland solicitor and former president of the QLS, Dudley Stowe (Freehills) and Maria Saracini (Deacons) both from WA, Duncan McConnel a Northern Territoryite and president of the NT Law Society, plus either Gale or Catanzariti (whoever doesn’t make it to treasurer).

Oh, and the LCA has just lost it’s long serving PR person. Elenore Eriksson is moving from one hot seat to another.

She’s to become director of “communications and stakeholder relations” at the Department of Climate Change.


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