John Bray Law Alumni Network
The John Bray Law Alumni Network named in honour of the late Dr John Bray, has a rich tradition and continues to build strong bonds between the profession, the School and the community.
About John Bray
The Network is named after The Honourable John Jefferson Bray AC QC (1912-1995) who was Chief Justice of South Australia from 1967 until 1978 and Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1968 to 1983. He was born on 16 September 1912 in Adelaide, the first child of Harry Midwinter Bray (1879-1965) and Gertrude Eleanor Bray, née Stow (1886-1970). John was educated at St Peter's College, Hackney, and the University of Adelaide.
Bray was born into prominent Adelaide families on both sides. While his father Harry had a lacklustre career as a share broker after failing twice to enter medicine, his grandfather John Cox Bray (1842-1894) was Premier of South Australia from 1881 to 1884, knighted in 1890 and the South Australian Agent-General in London from 1892 until his death two years later. He transformed a small cottage at 56 Hutt Street into a mansion known as Bray House, and bought a share of the iconic Adelaide Arcade, of which Bray family descendants remain major shareholders.
Find out more about the The Honourable John Jefferson Bray AC.
About the Network
The objectives of the network are:
- To foster the ongoing professional development of law graduates through the provision of activities and services;
- To provide mutually beneficial links between the legal community, law graduates, law students and the wider community;
- To encourage and promote the Law School as a source of relevant and challenging graduate and postgraduate legal education;
- To encourage achievement of the highest academic standards by supporting law students throughout their studies; and,
- To encourage broad access to the Law School by supporting students from diverse backgrounds.
Current Committee Members President - Mr Matthew Murphy Secretary - Jean Chesters Treasurer - Hatcher Lucy Leah Marrone Astrid McLeod Peter Norman Andrew Hanna Kellie Toole Anthony Crocker Tom Komninos Elizabeth Carroll-Shaw David Blyth Rachel Rodda Professor Melissa de Zwart – Dean of Law Luke van Trigt – Alumni Relations Officer
Our Events and Activities
- The John Bray Oration
The annual John Bray Oration is held in the second half of the year.
The 2017 John Bray Oration, ‘Law Reform: The Scottish Perspective’ was delivered by Retired Scottish Pleader Mr Len Murray on Wednesday 10 May in Elder Hall.
Listen to the podcast from the 2017 event:
Previous John Bray Orators Year Orator Topic 2017 Mr Len Murray, retired Scottish Pleader "Law Reform: The Scottish Perspective" on Wednesday 10 May 2017 Read More 2014 The Honourable Dr Margaret J White AO, retired Judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal. "Pro Bono: Good for the Profession, Good for the Country" on Wednesday 24 September 2014 Read More 2013 The Honourable Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. "South Australia and the Australian Constitution" on Monday 14 October 2013 Read More 2012 Hon John Doyle AC QC Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia. "Choosing our Judges" Read More 2011 Mr David Irvine Director General of ASIO "Freedom v Privacy – Getting the Balance Right" Read More 2010 Mr Graham Leung Vice President of Law Asia, a member of the Council of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Bar Association’s Pro Bono and Access to Justice Committee. "The Rule of Law Under Siege - Some Perspectives from the Third World" Read More 2009 Justice Richard Goldstone International war crimes prosecutor and human rights campaigner "Revenge or Forgiveness: Truth and Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Human Rights Violations" Read More 2007 Professor Barry Jones Vice Chancellor’s Fellow of the University of Melbourne and former Minister for Science in the Hawke Government. "Censorship and Security Threats to a Free Society in an Age of Terror" Read More 2004 Mr Tim Costello CEO of World Vision Australia. "Civil Liberties and Compassion in an age of Terrorism" Read More 2002 Senator Robert Hill Former Minister for Defence. "Terrorism and International Law" Read More 2000 Justice Callinan of the High Court. "Legal and Other Literature" Read More 1999 Justice Gummow of the High Court. "Australian Equity" 1998 Mr Michael Davis "Lawyer Lost in Space" 1997 Justice Kirby of the High Court. "Appointment to the High Court-what is it really like?" 1994 Sir Daryl Dawson of the High Court. "Do Judges Make Law? Too Much?" 1993 Justice Elizabeth Evatt "Gender Issues and Law" 1993 Dame Roma Mitchell "Reminiscences of a 1930s Law Student and Practitioner"
- The Chief Justice's Shield Quiz Night
The annual Quiz Night provides a fun and entertaining evening for the profession, school and friends. The evening is the primary fundraiser for supporting the Network's projects such as the annual Oration, Quiz Night and Student prize. In 2013, the network decided to focus on supporting an undergraduate Adelaide Law School Scholarship.
The generosity of all that support and attend the Quiz Night has enabled sufficient funds to be raised and achieve the financial target of $5,000 to support an achieving but financially disadvantaged current student at the Adelaide Law School for the following year. The night would also not be possible without our generous sponsors and we encourage you to support them where possible.
The 2015 Quiz Night was held on Saturday 8 August with Quiz Master, Alex Ward.
The 2014 Quiz Night was held on Saturday 12 July with Quiz Master, Alex Ward.
The inaugural John Bray Law Alumni Network Scholarship was created in 2014 to support an achieving but financially disadvantaged current student at the Adelaide Law School.
The Scholarship is funded by the generosity of those involved with the annual Quiz Night.
John Bray Law Alumni Network Scholarship Recipients
2014 – Mr Jack Rabl
2015 – Mr Edward Mitchell
2016 – Ms Lauren Varo
2017 – Jake Kriticos
The Network will present the following prize from 2014 for law students:
The Network presented the following prizes for 2013 law students:
- The John Bray Law Chapter of the Alumni Association Prize won by Alice Wharldall.
- The John Keeler & The John Bray Law Chapter of the Alumni Prize for Equity won by Cameron McBryde and Alexander Retzlik.
- The John Keeler & The John Bray Law Chapter of the Alumni Prize for Torts won by Frankie Rodney.
The Network has published five books, available for purchase through The University of Adelaide Press:
Titles Available for Purchase
First Among Equals
Portrait of John Bray
Edited by Wilfrid Prest
Glimpses of a Glorious Life
Edited by Susan Magarey
- Rupert Max Seminar
In conjunction with the Law Society of South Australia, the network held a public seminar `Politics, Power, Justice and the Media: controversies from the Stuart Case' in Elder Hall on Saturday 1 April 2006. A who's who of the legal and media world, including prominent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC and Justice Michael Kirby, took part in an all-day review at the University of Adelaide of the infamous Rupert Max Stuart trial.
Highlights of the seminar were later broadcast on Radio Adelaide and the network co-produced a DVD on the matters raised in the seminar. Copies of this DVD were sent to Law Schools and Court Law Libraries throughout Australia. The DVD was subsequently nominated as a finalist for the best Australian Educational Video in the ATOM Awards (Australian Teachers of Media). The DVD is available for sale from the VEA Group.
The 1959 conviction of Rupert Max Stuart for the murder of Mary Hattam and the subsequent appeals and Royal Commission remain the most discussed criminal case in SA's history. The case is regarded as a turning point in South Australian politics and launched Rupert Murdoch's rise to international fame and prominence.