Committees “Thank you” evening

Recently, ADLS held its annual Committees “Thank you” evening – a chance for ADLS to show its appreciation of the work done by its Committees throughout the year, and also to welcome those new Committee members who have recently come on board (now that Committee membership has been realigned to ADLS’s financial year).


ADLS Vice President Joanna Pidgeon thanked the Committee members for their contributions during the past year, noting the importance of their work to both ADLS and to the profession, particularly as it comes on top of day jobs and family commitments, and, for some Committee members (i.e. those living outside Auckland), involves regular travel or interaction via skype or telephone conference for Committee meetings.


Ms Pidgeon drew attention to some of the key achievements during 2015, including drafting new forms, making submissions on legislation (often on short notice), organising and delivering CPD, providing input to Law News on topical issues, launching mentoring programmes and solving problems practically for the profession. She also noted the increasing media interest in the work of ADLS and its Committees, with coverage on TV, the radio and in the papers on a number of recent issues.


“We can be proud of the work we produce, which underscores our relevancy as an organisation,” she said. “Testimony to this is the strong engagement we have with a range of influential organisations who actively seek our opinion on things. Such organisations include the Ministry of Justice, the Courts, the Law Commission, Auckland Council, NZLS, University of Auckland, to name a few.”


Ms Pidgeon noted ADLS’s increasing engagement with students and younger members of the profession, including the mutually beneficial collaboration between ADLS and the University of Auckland’s Law School this year which has seen two Equal Justice Project (EJP) students being assigned to each Committee. She also congratulated newly appointed judge and long-time ADLS Committee member his Honour Judge Richard Earwaker on his recent appointment to the bench.


Finally, the past financial year was also another great year for ADLS’s membership, with the organisation attracting more than 700 new members to bring total membership to over 3,700. “The work of the Committees has greatly contributed to the success of this significant result – you are the lifeblood of our organisation,” said Ms Pidgeon.


For further information on any of the Committees please contact Helen Young on or 09 306 5744; or Ben Thomson on or 09 306 3994.



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