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, 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.