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2 down, 4 to go

Posted by peggyhora on April 1, 2010

How did the end of week two get here so fast?  Tuesday I had a good meeting with the Chief Judge and two other judges of the District Court then, at the end of the day, I met with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators.  Wednesday morning I met with Youth Court Presiding Judge Steve McEwen and Magistrate Penny Eldrige about the family treatment court project.  I had lunch with folks who run a program that takes prisoners about to be released and uses them to work on state park land.  In the afternoon we had the first partners’ meeting of this residency and it was well-attended.  I reported on events that occurred in the last six months and what was planned for this second half.  It was good to see everyone.  Wednesday evening Ingrid Haythorpe invited me to her home where I got to see her children, Remy and Laura, whom I had met last time.  We read books and watched Thomas the Tank Engine.  They were impressed I knew who Percy was.  Today, the last day of the week since Good Friday is a holiday here, was chock full of meetings about the unified famiy court with people from Canberra, the chief prosecutor for child abuse, Minister Jennifer Rankine whose portfolio includes Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing and Disability.  We were very much on the same page on the Youth Court and juvenile justice issues. I dashed from the meeting with the minister to grab a quick salad before a radio interview on 5AA with Amanda Blair, a self-confessed prison junkie.  She was incredibly flattering on the air and announced my public lecture about seven times.  The day ended with a meeting with Chris Eccles, the Chief Executive of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.  It was great to reacquaint myself with him and tell him what I was thinking about.  Tonight I’m doing some laundry and packing for a four-day trip to Tasmania because Monday is also a holiday.  I’m staying at a beautiful hotel right on the harbor and have three sightseeing tours booked.  I’m meeting the state Chief Magistrate and his wife for dinner on Saturday and regret I could not work out doing a training for his judges.  One other magistrate may be able to join us.  I’m looking forward to a four-day rest where I can read my trashy novel (the book after “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and work just a little.


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More meetings, introductory lecture

Posted by peggyhora on August 27, 2009

Thursday morning started out with a radio interview during drive time.  Once I got to the office we had a meeting with the Attorney General’s staff, a major partner in my residency.  We discussed their expectations and some of my preliminary ideas.  Then off to lunch with the Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Bolton and Asst. Chief Magistrate Andrew Cannon of the Magistrates’ Court.  Another great discussion and some tips from me on drug tretmenrt courts.  Back to the office briefly to finalize my notes for tonight’s introductory lecture than a dash to meet with Chris Eccles, Chief Executive of the Dept. of Premiere and Cabinet.  He is a very interesting man who has much to contribute and an abiding interest in the program.  We arrived at the Mercury Theater in time to watch about 100 people file in to hear my lecture which was sponsored by U. of Adelaide and Flinders Law Schools.  Both deans were there as were many faculty and other partners.  I was very pleased and got lots of good feedback.  We retired to Ragoni’s, a premiere Italian restaurant in town.  We shared primi piatti of antipasto, scallops with roe, and calamari and I had a beautiful lamb dish with brussel sprouts and mint cremolata.  We shared panna cottas for dessert.  A long, interesting day and tomorrow is mostly for thinking.

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