Lawyers in Australia is a wide-ranging and detailed examination of the legal profession. It contextualises the role, responsibilities and ethics of lawyers in contemporary Australian society and discusses recent trends and issues. This edition updates the text with: information about the National Legal Profession Project and a review of key provisions of the proposed National Laws and Rules; reference to relevant case law since the publication of the 1st edition; updated statistical information relating to lawyers and the legal profession in Australia; reference to recent studies and commentary in relation to lawyers and the legal profession in Australia; revised discussion and research questions relating to each chapter. In addition there are chapters about: who lawyers are and what they do; legal education in Australia including trends and developments; the structure and regulation of the legal profession; legal culture, including demographic and sociological trends; the judiciary, focusing on accountability and the processes by which judges and magistrates are appointed; the changing nature of legal services delivery due to the development of a national legal services market; access to justice, including legal aid and pro bo services; equality before the law with specific attention to indigeus peoples and refugees; ethics and professional responsibility, including complaints and the disciplinary process; the lawyer-client relationship, covering the 'retainer', the duty to advise, the duty of competence and care, and the duty of loyalty; the lawyer's duty to the court and the proper administration of justice; the future of the legal profession and legal services.
Ainslie Lamb AM Ainslie holds a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the legal profession, legal education in relation to cross-cultural and indigenous issues, and community education. Ainslie practised as a solicitor in Victoria for 25 years. In 1994 she joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong, as the Foundation Director of the Practical Legal Training Course. She was appointed as an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Faculty of Law in 2004. John Littrich John Littrich practised as a solicitor in the Illawarra area of New South Wales for 13 and was an accredited specialist in Family Law. He joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong as a leturer in the Practical Legal Training (PLT) Course in 2002. During his years of practice he was also a regular volunteer with the Illawarra Community Legal Centre and is now a member of the Centrea (TM)s Management Board. He also worked for a year as an employer industrial advocate. Now a senior lecturer, in his time with the Faculty of Law he has taught in the LLB Lawyers and Australian Society subject and, for several years, has co-ordinated and taught in the LLB Family Law subjects, in addition to his PLT commitments. He also co-ordinates the Facultya (TM)s Legal Internship Program.