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Join 20 Judge Delegation to Australia


Sunday, November 12, 2017
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

an invitation from
Judge John S. Adams of West Court

Join a delegation of some 20 California judges (plus their spouses/significant others) to Australia
November 12 to 18, 2017          Cost per Person $1,700
This is a cordial invitation to the members of the Newport Harbor Bar Association on behalf of the Alliance of California Judges – to join 20 judges (plus their spouses/significant others) this November, for their second annual international judicial education program, this time to Australia.  Last year Judge Adams led a delegation to Israel. This year it is to the Land Down Under. As with Israel, this will truly be a bucket list trip! 
Judge Adams invites the readers of this email thread to do so from the bottom up. While it sold out almost immediately, Judge Adams always invites counselors (plus their spouses/significant others) to join also.  As the judicial education coordinator for the Alliance, Judge Adams has arranged first class accommodations, along with wonderful events (all of which are outlined below) some or all of which participants can attend, or for that matter, skip.  The entire cost of this adventure is $1,700 per person, which covers 5-star accommodations, breakfasts, gala dinners and transportation by first class coach in Sydney and Canberra.  The only exclusions are airfare to and from Australia, lunches and incidentals. All you need to do is get yourself to Sydney by Sunday, November 12. The program concludes Saturday, November 18.  Many are coming sooner, while others are staying later, visiting New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, Fiji, Tahiti and more.

The US Embassy in Canberra and the Australian Embassy in DC have been working together to make this trip truly sensation.  The program will be immersive, not intensive. Judge Adams is truly indebted to his contact at the US Embassy, James Manlowe, his contact at the Australian Embassy, Eleanor Holmes, Professor Barbara McDonald at the University of Sydney Law School, Professor James Stellios at the Australian National University in Canberra, and a host of exceptionally helpful senior staff at the courts, and the hotels. Together, they are helping to make this the trip of a lifetime for everyone. 
Judge Adams has arranged for Pier One (Marriott’s Autograph Collection) to provide the group with upgraded, waterfront rooms.  For those who plan on arriving before Sunday, November 12, Judge Adams has secured a group rate, which includes a full breakfast for two. Judge Adams will be arriving Saturday, November 11. If you advise Judge Adams in advance he will secure a reservation for you at Pier One.  Likewise, for those who may wish to stay another night in Canberra, please advise him and he will secure a reservation for you at the group rate at the Park Hyatt for Saturday, November 18, which also includes a full breakfast for two.  
As for flights, many of you will be coming from various locations before Sunday, November 12, while others may be departing for various locations on Saturday, November 18. Judge Adams has a coach arranged to return travelers to Sydney from Canberra on that date, but some may wish to travel directly from Canberra by air.  There are excellent, reasonably priced flights from Canberra to a variety of locations.  In fact, there are many departures from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that include airfare from Canberra at or near the same price.  While there is no rush, please let Judge Adams know if you intend to travel by air from Canberra to another city in Australia, or as part of your flight arrangements from one of the foregoing major cities, either home or to other parts of the world, in which you arrange to fly directly from Canberra.
Here is the latest news: Everyone will be guests of the Chief Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court in Sydney on Monday morning.  You will have the afternoon to relax and acclimate. As Pier One is in the heart of Sydney and the Central Business District (CBD) and within walking distance of all kinds of enjoyable stuff, there will be lots for you to do (or not) before a sunset cruise of Darling Harbor, followed by cocktails and dinner.  Attached are a couple of photos of the dinner venue the hotel sent to share with you.  (Note the proximity to the iconic High Bridge!) The classes are on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, at the University of Sydney Law School, with informal gatherings each afternoon with available faculty, barristers and judges. There will be plenty of time in the later afternoon to relax and freshen up for the “Tour and Tasting” of the equally iconic Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, and the farewell dinner on Wednesday.  The Chief Justice and his wife will be guests for dinner.  Professor McDonald and Judge Adams are still working out final details.Judge Adams has also invited the professor and her guest to be guests for dinner.
If you would like to attend one of the two plays at the Opera House on Tuesday evening, Merchant of Venice or Three Sisters, please let Judge Adams know.  Here is a link to the venue:

Questions? Contact John R. Cogorno, President of the Newport Harbor Bar Association, email:


TO BE Determined