Ask an Advocate: Agony Uncle

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)

The mailing list spoke; Aurhett listened. He took your burning questions about advocacy to the ultimate ‘agony uncle,’ Hugh Selby, renowned barrister, witness and advocacy trainer and author.

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Interview with Chrissa Loukas SC: on being a public defender, robust and upright advocacy, and the importance of a fair criminal justice system

By Hallie Warnock

In the article “Defending the Unpopular”,[1] Abbe Smith, professor of law at Georgetown University, discusses the importance of the right to legal representation, no matter what the crime. Through comparing experiences in the United States and Australia, Smith explores the negativity surrounding advocacy in the criminal justice system. Ultimately, Smith finds that Australia’s primary duty to the court, in conjunction with the ‘cab rank’ rule, creates a fairer legal environment for the accused than exists in the U.S. Continue reading “Interview with Chrissa Loukas SC: on being a public defender, robust and upright advocacy, and the importance of a fair criminal justice system”