The Crim Law Committee is working on our Criminal Law Careers Guide for all you wonderful aspiring criminal lawyers. In the lead up to its release, Amicus will bring you interviews with a range of criminal law practitioners to give you a bit of an insight into the range of pathways into crime (wait, wha?).
Hallie Warnock interviews former Director of Public Prosecution Nicholas Cowdery AM QC BA LLB Hon DLaws W’gong FAAL
HW Tell us a bit about yourself and about your career and interest in criminal law.
NC I studied Criminal Law in my first year at Sydney University Law School (the only Law Faculty in the State in my day) and was immediately “at home” with it. I think there were two aspects that grabbed me – the fact that the criminal law was seeking to set standards for the conduct of all persons and to punish transgressors (and the issues those propositions raise) and the personal connection it had with real people in real life situations (in all their diversity and strangeness).
Lisa: Cheer up, Dad. Did you know the Chinese use the same word for “crisis” as they do for “opportunity”?
Homer: Yes! “Crisitunity”.
The Simpsons, Fear of Flying, S 6, Ep 11, (1994)
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By Hallie Warnock
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