AAI announces appointment of new Chair.

The Australian Advocacy Institute is pleased to announce that The Honourable Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace has been elected as Chair of the Institute Board of Directors. Justice Ainslie-Wallace takes over from AAI founding chairman Professor the Hon. George Hampel AM QC.

Professor Hampel founded the Australian Advocacy Institute in 1991under the auspices of the Law Council of Australia. His innovative methods of teaching advocacy skills and his tireless effort has seen the AAI grow to its position of today leading the field in advocacy skills training for lawyers both in Australia and across the common law world. His dedication to enhancing justice through skilled advocacy cannot be overstated.

Justice Ainslie-Wallace is a judge of the Appellate Division of the Family Court of Australia and is located in Sydney. Before joining the Family Court in 2010, she spent 13 years as a trial judge in the New South Wales District Court and 19 years at the NSW Bar.

Justice Ainslie-Wallace has over 20 years experience as Moderator and Senior Instructor at Australian Advocacy Institute workshops presented throughout Australia and in the United Kingdom, Italy, The Hague, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. She is a past member of the NSW Bar Council and the Law Council of Australia. She is currently a council member of the National Judicial College of Australia and a member of both the Australian and International Associations of Women Judges. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a Bencher of Inner Temple, London.

 

AAI Advanced Teacher Training in the UK.

In 1994 a senior team of AAI Instructors introduced the AAI advocacy training method to the UK Bar. They took to it with enthusiasm and have continued using and developing it as “The Hampel Method”.

From time to time over the next 18 years they sought our further input about training of advocates and advocacy teachers.

In 2013 the AAI was asked by the UK Advocacy Training Council to assist with advanced training. Professor George Hampel AM QC, Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Judge Felicity Hampel SC and delivered an open address to the UK Advocacy Trainers in the Great Hall at Lincoln’s Inn and later presented an Advocacy Teacher Training Workshop in Advanced Cross Examination. The program was called “Hampel Revisited” and was designed to teach their trainers in both advocacy and advocacy training at that level. The AAI teaching method is now referred to in the UK as "Hampel 2".

Our address and the workshop received an overwhelmingly positive response. The workshop feedback results indicated that participants’ expectations were 100% met, with 75% indicating they were met ‘very well’.

 

Following is a summary of some of the comments:

“What can I say? A huge thank you for your commitment to helping the Advocacy Poms. By the end of Saturday it must have been clear to you how much we needed help. It came as a revelation to them to see how well prepared you were and how naturally you are able to teach as a result. I remain ever hopeful that it will begin a sea change in the attitude to training.”

His Honour Judge Anthony Leonard QC

 

In his report, Judge Leonard commented as follows: “Approximately 90 advocacy trainers booked in for the Lecture which has been recorded and will be available via the ATC website to be downloaded.”

“It struck me that the fundamental difference between the Australian trainers and us is the experience they have year on year of advocacy training.”

“They know their case studies intimately and know the case theory. They can, therefore, concentrate far more on the performance and the review than may be the case in our training.”

“About 60 people booked in for the session which was designed for 18! I changed the program and invited trainers to act both as trainers and as advocates. This, in fact, created added dimensions to the training. In the final session there was general agreement that performing and being reviewed was intimidating, something we ignore when we subject our pupils and new practitioners to it, and there was equal agreement that many, including the Silks present, had learnt something about their own advocacy and what they could tweak. If that was not an endorsement of GH’s theme that, be ye ever so high, you can still benefit from advocacy training, I do not know what is!”

“The general theme of the day became ‘less is more’.”

“The use of simple training materials does not prevent good and challenging problems for the advocates and scope in reviews for the trainers. The three studies were each no more than about seven pages and looked deceptively easy. Because they have been carefully drafted and are constantly refined, they are perfect tools for training.”

 

The following are some of the comments on the evaluation feedback form submitted by participants:

“A masterclass in advanced advocacy involving the attendees working with Prof Hampel and his team to learn and practice the techniques involved in advanced advocacy teaching.”

“The demonstrations were clear and illuminating. The lectures were to the point and informative. The practical sessions were demanding and instructive. The critique was excellent and the atmosphere empowering and encouraging.”

“Great opportunity to participate and observe whilst learning from 3 outstanding teachers”

“I have learned how to analyse every aspect of the evidence and every question.”

“(I) learnt a large number of refinements to advocacy techniques and the way to articulate them to students - it taught me things I had never taught myself.”

“High quality trainers who were well prepared. Excellent materials. Fact pattern simple but issues that arise were numerous and testing. The faculty instructors were really first class. Clear objectives. The course materials were not overly dense but the expertise was!”

“It was fascinating to see George, Felicity and Ann all as witnesses and then be so incisive as trainers.”

“This was a humbling, revealing and exhilarating workshop. Humbling because I thought I knew the case I had prepared and had prepared a useful cross-examination. Part of it was, the rest was demolished in short and devastating order.”

“... the performances and critiques throughout the day of all in my group were revealing and informative. Exhilarating because despite the ritual humiliation the amount of knowledge and insight gained was terrific and the opportunities that the method re-visited and evolved offers are very exciting.”

“Stimulating but depressing. Our own standards less high than we would hope (both advocacy and training skills)”

“A fantastic day - seeing colleagues struggle with both xx and teaching and being in the presence of great teachers. Thanks for a fantastic day.”

“I really enjoyed the day and found it enormously valuable. It was a privilege to be there.”

Our involvement with the ATC and the feedback we received are both rewarding and stimulating. This emphasizes the important role the AAI plays on the international scene and adds value to our reputation. In doing this, we learn from others and enhance our own skills.

All of this benefits the training of advocacy in Australia.

 

Professor the Hon. George Hampel AM QC
Chairman, Australian Advocacy Institute, 1991-2015

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