On 3 March 2010 in Parramatta, Steve Mark, NSW’s Legal Services Commissioner is giving a talk on ‘Walking the Ethical Tightrope: Balancing the Responsibilities of In-House Counsel to Key Stakeholders’. If you would prefer to read the speech on your Ipad in the bath, click here. He would do well to include a grab from series 2 of ‘Damages‘, the brilliant HBO legal drama starring Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, and — as Claire Maddox, corporate counsel of a murderous and polluting energy company — Marcia Gay Harden. I am quite ignorant about Mr Mark, but from what I can tell about the NSW Legal Services Commission, it seems to do some innovative and good things. His speeches are collected at this page. He has some other hats too which make him sound like a decent kind of bloke:
‘Steve Mark is a lawyer by profession, and is presently the New South Wales Legal Services Commissioner.
He is Chairman of the Australian Section of the International Commission of Jurists (“ASICJ”) and was President of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board from 1988 to 1994.
During 1999 Steve participated in the Sydney Leadership program founded by the Benevolent Society of New South Wales.
He is a director of Indigenous Festivals Australia. This company produces a number of festivals, known as “Croc Festivals” throughout Australia.
Steve was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Macquarie University in October 2000.
Steve is also a director of Midnight Basketball, which produces basketball competitions for “at risk” street kids.’