Bulletin Awards

The Law Society recognises outstanding contributions to its flagship publication, The Bulletin, by presenting awards at the Annual Dinner.

The winners are chosen by the Bulletin Committee.

The articles are thought-provoking, informative and of great benefit to the South Australian legal community. The awards are also a chance to acknowledge and thank all Members who submit high quality articles on a voluntary basis. 

Winners of the Bulletin Awards:

Bulletin Article of the Year 
Winners:  Madi McCarthy and Professor Tania Leiman

Madi McCarthy and Professor Tania Leiman’s article examines the development of technology that facilitates new forms of intimate connection, surveys the moral and ethical landscape surrounding the technology, and looks how the law is starting to grapple with this issue and how it might deal with it as it becomes more integrated into modern life.

Bulletin Article of the Year - Special Interest Category 
Winner: Amy Nikolovski 

Amy Nikolovski’s deeply personal article recounts the heartbreak of having a miscarriage, and is sure to inspire more people to talk about their own experiences of grief, which will in turn help them to find the support they need to help them through times of immense loss and suffering.

Bulletin Article of the Year 
Winner:  Dr Phillip Ritson

Dr Philip Ritson won this Award, from a field of exceptional articles, for his article “Supreme Court decision highlights pitfalls of raising money for charitable purposes”, that was published in the August 2020 edition of the Bulletin. 

Bulletin Article of the Year - Special Interest Category 
Winner:  The Honourable Justice Sam Doyle

The Honourable Justice Doyle’s considered article, “The path to gender equality requires removing cultural & structural barriers in the profession”, published in the March 2021 edition of the Bulletin, reflects the heightened awareness and commitment in the profession to addressing gender equity, which is an important issue for the judiciary. 

Kris Handshin SC


Kris Handshin’s article Advocacy in the Appellate Context: Fulfilling the functions of written submissions, published in the May 2020 edition of the Bulletin, beat a very strong shortlist of articles to be named 2019-20 Bulletin article of the year. Mr Handshin’s article demonstrated a deep understanding of court advocacy and was written in an engaging, accessible and logical manner, providing clear, practical guidance that will no doubt be of great benefit to practitioners who are involved in court work.


It is no surprise that, given the depth of understanding that was exhibited in the article, that Mr Handshin was, like fellow award winner Kerry Clark, among the most recent group of barristers to be appointed Senior Counsel.


Peter Norman


Peter Norman, who has recently retired as a Master of the District Court, was a clear winner of the Bulletin Article of the Year – Special Interest category, with his winning article “Reflections on the Charles Manson case”, published in the August 2019 Bulletin, offering a fascinating insight into the infamous case that precipitated the end of the so-called “summer of love” era of the 1960s. Mr Norman participated in a legal exchange program in 1975, which included working with the prosecution team on the Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan (Robert Kennedy assassination) appeals.


Mr Norman’s account of the Manson murders and the lengthy prosecution of Charles Manson is gripping, thoroughly researched, and clearly draws on meticulous notes that Mr Norman took of his experience some 45 years ago.

Article of the Year Winner: AI in Criminal Sentencing: a risk to our human rights?, By Raffaele Piccolo
Special interest article of the year winner:  Can women really have it all? A perspective from a barrister & mother, By Penelope Kari         

Article of the Year: Trial advocacy tips for Young Lawyers, by James Caldicott
Special Interest Article of the Year: Poems for the Citizenship Seven, by Stephen McDonald
Article of the Year: Duty to follow proper instructions, by Jonathan Wells QC 
Opinion of the Year: How royal commissions have shaped SA: a history; and History of royal commissions in SA (List), by Lawrence Ben
Article of the Year: Busting the Myths on Halal Certification, by Rebecca Halkett
Opinion of the Year: There should be More Women in the Courtroom, by The Honourable Justice Melissa Perry
Article of the Year: Is Australia's Constitution Racist?, by Martin Hinton QC
Opinion of the Year: The Legacy of the Magna Carta, by Professor David Clark
Article of the Year: Gene Genie: Patent Law, Ethics Health and the Future, by Claire O’Connor
Opinion of the Year: What Function should a Children's Commissioner have? by Linda Appelbee
Article of the Year: Privacy and the Law: Another case for a Bill of Rights, by Claire O’Connor
Opinion of the Year: Blood Runs Thick, by John Goldberg
Article of the Year: Lawyer first, employee second? In-house counsel’s ethical tightrope, by Martin Meredith and Sascha Hindmarsh
Opinion of the Year: Is the criminalisation of behaviour the answer?, by Guy Biddle
Article of the Year: Legal Professional Privilege: An in-house perspective, by Martin Meredith and Sascha Hindmarsh
Opinion of the Year: Lifting the Veil, by Simona Kljun
Article of the Year: Fundamental basis of our system of justice under threat, by Malcolm Blue QC
Opinion of the Year: Facebook: With friends like these who needs enemies?, by David Barnfield
Article of the Year: Lawyers and Depression, by Leonie Paulson
Opinion of the Year: A letter from Paris, by Dr John Emerson
Article of the Year: The State of Prisons in South Australia: A Systematic Failure, by Nick Niarchos
Opinion of the Year: Placements, by Rachel Spencer
Article of the Year: Murder: The principle of proportionality and ‘mandatory’ sentencing, by Nick Niarchos
Opinion of the year: Single Experts: Guns for Hire, by Penelope Kari