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Lexcursions – UnpublishedLexcursions – Unpublished

I don’t know what to make of the lawyers who serve on the Law Society Council.  Unlike most other volunteer members of a governing body, they actually seem to want to be there.  Surely, with that kind attitude, they cannot be representative of their members.
I’ve spent my entire legal career avoiding any volunteer work that might make the most of my professional expertise.  As if selling time isn’t bad enough, people expect me to give it away?
I missed last year’s Law Society’s ‘Notice of forthcoming Election of Councillors’.  Good thing too, otherwise I might have been tempted to run as [...]

Lexcursions – Business advice for creativesLexcursions – Business advice for creatives

I didn’t plan to become a lawyer.
Don’t think I ever planned for anything much. That’s the problem really. You see, I was supposed to become a writer, not a lawyer. Instead, I’ve just resigned myself to thinking that law is probably the best paid writing gig going.
But recently, I received an email that rekindled my interest in writing as a career: “Personal Business Advice for Creatives … Anyone working in advertising, animation, film design, illustration, music, performance, writing – or almost any other creative pursuit – can get one hour of expert business advice at no cost.”
I signed up straight [...]

Lexcursions – Top 50 Law FirmsLexcursions – Top 50 Law Firms

I received a surprising email last year: “This e-mail is to let you know that you have been nominated for Australia’s Top 50 Law Firms 2013.”
I’d never heard of Top 50 Law Firms. And while my law firm might indeed be a ‘top’ one, I certainly hadn’t nominated it for an award.
I had a look at The site says it is “the premier site for discovering who the legal industry believes to be the cream of the crop”.
Half in jest, I forwarded the email to colleagues and friends: “Not sure what to make of this but feel free to vote [...]

Lexcursions – Pole DancingLexcursions – Pole Dancing

Monday morning, and I was shaving my legs.
Not for aesthetics, nor for aerodynamics, but for grip.
Ex-lawyer, now pole dance instructor – and first runner-up at Miss Pole Dance Australia – Michelle Shimmy (not her lawyer-name) had suggested a pre-class leg-shave.
“And wear a singlet,” she said. “Just a wife-beater or something.”
So, in my new singlet, and with freshly shaved legs (and freshly shaved shoulders – my idea – for aesthetics), I arrived at the Pole Dance Academy for my private class.
“Your palms are sweaty,” said Michelle, proffering a powerful handshake.
She fetched a can of shaving cream.
“Stick out your palms.”
“I need to [...]

Lexcursions – Salvos debateLexcursions – Salvos debate

Late last year, Salvos Legal held its annual fundraiser: a lecture series with the headline event being a “Judges’ showdown”. It was a debate between judges and barristers on the topic: “That crime pays”. I took a pew (literally a pew) at the back of the Salvos hall to watch.
Luke Geary, the managing partner of Salvos Legal, took to the stage to introduce the debate. He set the scene and explained there would be two speakers from each side.
“In our entry poll,” said Geary, “56 per cent of you said that crime does not pay. But to convince you otherwise, [...]

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Rocking out in Redfern
Rocking out in Redfern

Most of the lawyers at a music trivia night might have started practising law when Soundgarden rather than Schoolboy Q were moving the kids, but a music trivia night is for the young at heart, writes Anthony Jucha
The crowning event of Law Week this year was Redfern Legal Centre’s ‘Rock trivia fundraising event’.
The invitation encouraged contestants to “get competitive” and “get mean” and “claim the title of ‘Most Rockin’ Law Dudes Ever’.”
I was recruited to help out as a scorekeeper on the night.  I agreed… for the feel-good factor; for something to write about; and for a couple of cold slices [...]

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Launch of Adelaide Edition of Monopoly – Channel 10
Launch of Adelaide Edition of Monopoly – Channel 10

Launching the Adelaide Edition of Monopoly – as seen on Channel 10 News.


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Monopoly – ABC Radio 891
Monopoly – ABC Radio 891

A fun (half hour) interview with Sonya Feldhoff from ‘Afternoons’ at 891 ABC Adelaide about The Campaign for Real Monopoly – started by blogger Jonny Nexus to encourage people to play by the rules.
Click here to listen to Part 1 of the Interview
Click here to listen to Part 2 of the Interview
See also on ABC Radio’s page.

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Satire – What Makes a Man Bare All?
Satire – What Makes a Man Bare All?

Anthony’s 2004 Adelaide Fringe debut takes us on a journey that bares all. With musical support from Gary and Rob (and constant interruptions by Michael Hicks), the show features such unusual explorations as:
• why spotted ties send the wrong message
• the rejection letter poem
• the army, cocaine, grenades and me
• why thinking about work can actually increase arousal
• losing your virginity; beware the dark blue ring
• hard up at the puppetry of the penis auditions
• the brighter side of breaking your penis
• a long weekend sleeping out with the homeless
If there is a place in hell for you [...]