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CAMLA Young Lawyer event and essay winners – report by Alexandra Gilbert

“For the third time in as many years, CAMLA held its Young Lawyers Networking Event which was proudly organised by the CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee. The winners of CAMLA’s annual essay writing competition were also announced. The event was held on 17 February 2015 at Clayton Utz in Sydney and was attended by approximately 100 aspiring young lawyers with a keen interest in communications and media law. It was an inspiring and informative night culminating in relaxed networking drinks overlooking Sydney Harbour.

The CAMLA Young Lawyers Committee gathered a diverse panel of speakers to discuss their career progression and provide personal and professional insights from life in the industry. The panel comprised Michael Cameron (National Editorial Counsel, News Corporation Australia), Fiona Lang (Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide ANZ), Leanne Norman (Partner, Banki Haddock Fiora) and Matthew Lewis (Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers) and was moderated by Hugh Brolsma (Senior Associate, Clayton Utz).

In addition to insights from the impressive panel, the event was an opportunity to celebrate the CAMLA essay competition winners which were selected from a record number of entrants. CAMLA President, Page Henty, presented awards to Sadaat Cheema of Clayton Utz for his essay “Why Australia Needs Site Blocking”, Ian Richards of The College of Law for his essay “Defamation Law and Corporate Plaintiffs: Revisiting the Corporation’s Right to Sue under the Uniform Defamation Laws” and Matthew Boyley of the University of New England for his essay “Australian Internet Data Collection – Are We Fighting to Protect Privacy Which Is Already Lost?”. Each essay will appear in upcoming issues of CAMLA’s Communications Law Bulletin.”

View pictures of the event here:

(a big thank you to Mandy Chapman, Beyond International for taking these)

Report by Alexandra Gilbert, Corporate Counsel, Bauer Media

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