DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF ALL: A History of the Law Society of NSW

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What would become of society if it were not for the due administration of justice? How can justice possibly be separated from the law? Or from the professional man to whom the administration of the law is entrusted?

So argued the Chief Justice James Dowling in 1842, in the face of a move to establish courts without lawyers in the young colony of New South Wales.

The debate galvanised a small group of legal gentlemen to create a Society which would support the profession’s honour, independence and respectability and “promote fair and liberal practice therein”.

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