Annual TJMF Sydney Lecture

David HeipernTopic: “Lifting the Judicial Veil – vicarious trauma, PTSD and the Judiciary: A personal story”

Speaker :

His Honour Magistrate David Heilpern

Venue : Federal Court, Queens Square Sydney
Date : Wednesday 25 October 2017
Time: 5.45 for 6.00 pm start – 8.00 pm

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About the Speakers


Magistrate David Heilpern LLB, LLM attended public High School in rural New South Wales, and attended law schools at University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and Australian National University. He started practice with the Australian Government Solicitor and then went into private practice on the North Coast of New South Wales specialising in criminal law. He undertook many high profile test cases representing drug law reform and environmental groups. Whilst continuing to practice, David was part of a small team that successfully lobbied for a Law School at Southern Cross University. He became a senior lecturer in criminal law and eventually Acting Head of School. David has published four books, several chapters in edited works and over twenty journal articles. In early 1999 David was appointed as a Magistrate and undertook country service in the West of New South Wales then Batemans Bay and then Byron Bay and Lismore. In between, David was the senior civil Magistrate for NSW for five years.  David regularly writes papers on current issues in criminal justice, and has over 40 Local Court reported decisions. He is a long serving member of the Chief Magistrates education committee, and is senior faculty member of the Orientation Program, a position he has held for 13 years. He also trains magistrates interstate and overseas on a regular basis.



Dr Greg de Moore is a psychiatrist, author and historian. An Associate Professor of Psychiatry, based at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, his clinical work has focused on psychiatric problems in the medically ill, and on deliberate self-harm. He has a long-standing interest in the training and welfare of junior doctors.



Ms Julie Blyth is the Clinical Advisor at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and  co-designed and implemented the Well at Work Program to address and prevent vicarious trauma for staff. She has a Social Work background and worked extensively in counselling, training and consultancy in responding  to the trauma of violence and abuse.

TJMF would like to acknowledge and thank the Federal Court of Australia, Eaton Capital Partners and the Law Society of New South Wales for their support and assistance.





2017 TJMF Victorian Lecture – Melbourne

Towards Well-being:
How to be a human being and a lawyer too

Keynote Speaker: the Honourable Felicity Hampel QC

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Interview with  Judge Felicity Hampel

Interview with Mark Huntington



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About the Speaker

Felicity was born in Melbourne, the third of nine, predominantly female children. She has studied, worked and lived in Melbourne all her life. She was educated at Monash University.

Coming from a big family, Felicity quickly became accustomed to fighting for her share of parental attention, food and quiet and so easily moved from arguing “its not fair” at home to doing so in the public sphere. She was at the bar by the age of 25. Her practice at the bar was initially predominantly criminal, but later included human rights law.

Felicity has always been a feminist and committed to equality of opportunity. Once at the bar she became more involved with women lawyer organisations, human rights and civil liberties associations, and the Australian Republican Movement. As a commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, she has made recommendations on the reform of defences to homicide, sexual offences, and access to assisted reproductive technology

For many years Felicity and her lawyer husband have taught advocacy skills to lawyers in their spare time. Thus she has a good working knowledge of the practice of the law in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa, the International Criminal Court, and the war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Felicity is deputy chair of the Board of the Australian Advocacy Institute.

In her other life, Felicity can be found tending her vegetable garden, cooking, reading, listening to opera and doing feminist deconstructions of the librettos. She and her husband are keen skiers and besotted by their labradoodle puppy. Some years ago Felicity did an introduction to welding course and dreams of creating sculptures.


TJMF wishes to acknowledge and thank DLA Piper and the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner for their support of the lecture.



Victorian Legal Services

2017 TJMF Tasmanian Lecture – Hobart

The Inaugural Tasmanian Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture

The Honourable David Porter QC presents ‘A Career in Conflict’


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Podcast: In conversation with the Hon Justice David Porter

David Porter is a part time acting judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tasmania. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and is currently working as a co-author with Dr Rebecca Bradfield on the 3rd edition of Warner’s Sentencing in Tasmania.

Outside the law, for many years David was a keen target rifle shooter and represented the State on several occasions. He enjoys walking, and reading.

An Outline of ‘A Career in Conflict’

There is ample research that shows depression and mental health issues among the legal profession in Australia are higher than in the general community. Without seeking to devalue the research, that much might have been expected. But there is also strong evidence that the incidence of depression and mental issues in the legal profession is higher than in a significant number of other professions. A prominent survey giving rise to this conclusion did not include the medical profession, although there is evidence that the problem is greater among law students than medical students. An American study of about 100 occupations showed that lawyers had the highest prevalence of depression. The recognition of the prevalence of mental health issues has led to the publication by the TJMF of detailed guidelines to assist in a change of attitude towards psychological health and safety in the legal profession, and the implementation by professional bodies of strategies to raise awareness, to manage the risk and to minimise the impact. The TJMF has been instrumental in those initiatives.

The over-representation phenomenon extends beyond the practising profession to law students. Structured research relating to the practising profession does not seem to have been extended to judges beyond a survey that included perceived stress levels, but there is every reason to think the situation with the judiciary is no different. It can be taken that all three groups are affected, and may be described for these purposes as the legal profession. In much of the research material, and in discussions about the issue, some reasons are suggested for the disproportionate representation of the legal profession in the statistics. A small number of those reasons, such as time recording and the “billable hour” have been closely examined, with suggestions made for change. The aim of this address is to explore further the question of why the situation might be as it is.

As an important starting point, members of the profession experience the same stressful life events as experienced by those in the general community. The point of interest is what features of learning and practising the law, either by themselves or cumulative to ordinary life stressors, create a particular vulnerability to mental health problems. In terms of the role of involvement in the law, different considerations apply to the different groups in the profession, but a key question is whether there is a common thread. In this address, the speaker will examine that question, and explore the stressors and pressures that are both external to the profession and inherent in its practice. It is sought to demonstrate that the general underlying theme is one of conflict in one guise or another. By this discussion, it is hoped to highlight the importance for the profession of the adoption of, and adherence, to the TJMF guidelines by those who manage the profession’s workplaces.


2016 Queensland TJMF Lecture

linda-lavarchGuest Presenter: Linda Lavarch

Linda Lavarch is an Australian politician and solicitor. She was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1997 to 2009, representing the district of Kurwongbah. In July 2005, Linda was appointed Queensland’s Attorney-General and Minister for Justice – the first woman Attorney-General in Queensland.


Upholding the tradition of an annual Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation lecture,
Queensland Law Society in partnership with the Bar Association of Queensland are
proud to present this special presentation where again the spotlight is on mental health in the legal profession. Former Attorney-General Linda Lavarch will share her personal insights on dealing with mental health challenges, followed by question time and networking drinks. Join us to show your support.

2015 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture

Keynote speaker – Alex Malley

See the highlights video below.




Thanks to One Ski Digital we have a large selection of photos from the night of the 2015 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture.

If you would like to use the photos for publication we just ask that you include “Photo Credit: One Ski Digital”. To get access to a high resolution version of any of these images just contact us. Enjoy.

2014 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture

Putting the Guidelines to Work

The Hon. Justice Virginia Bell AC delivered the 9th annual Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture, entitled ‘Putting the Guidelines to Work’ on Thursday, 23 October 2014.

Following the Foundation’s launch of the TJMF Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession earlier this year, Justice Bell discussed the Best Practice Guidelines and their significance in driving change in the profession. Having practised as a solicitor, barrister and judge, Justice Bell shared her experiences of an illustrious career in the law and encouraged the entire profession to embrace the Best Practice Guidelines.

Watch a video of the 2014 lecture below.


2013 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture

John Brogden on Leading Change in the Legal Profession

Lecture Sponsor
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The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation welcomed Mr John Brogden for a discussion about leading change in the legal profession towards improved psychological health and wellbeing.


2012 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture

The 2012 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture was hosted by Julie McCrossin, freelance journalist and UNSW law alumna. Julie facilitated a panel of guests in a stimulating discussion about the legal workplace culture and mental health.

The panelists included:

John Colvin, Executive Chairman, Johnson Executive
Marcus Warner
, Specialist Change Agent Consultant, Rogen Si
Matthew Stutsel,
National Head of State Taxation, KPMG
Emma Buxton
, Research Analyst, NSW Attorney General’s Department