CHARLES HOUEN MEMORIAL DINNER

Saturday 25 May 2013 from 7pm at the Mercure Hotel Ballroom Morgan & Tarcutta Streets Wagga Wagga

Guest Speaker:  Nicholas Cowdery, retired Director of Public Prosecutions & Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW

Bookings and Information: Denise Flockton  at denise.flockton@gmail.com or Phone: 0419 432 737

Nicholas Cowdery was the Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW for sixteen and a half years. He was considered a public crusader by some and a public nuisance by others. Either way, he is genuine about the law. Since leaving office, Nick Cowdery has become a vocal advocate in the push for judicial reform and legalisation of drugs. A young Cowdery was educated at Sydney Grammar, followed by Law at Sydney University. He completed his law studies at the Law School in Philip Street. Nick has been involved with the prosecution cases against Lionel Murphy, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, and more recently Geoffrey Gilham, Gordon Wood and Kelli Lane. He has been assisting in making the legal profession more accessible to the community through association with television shows such as Crownies. As well as his role as adjunct professor in the faculty of law at the University of Sydney, he also has appointments at three universities, is involved in research projects and international consultancy work, and writes on criminal justice.

Charles Houen was a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Sunrise, and passed away in 2008. He was a well-known and distinguished lawyer in Wagga Wagga and district for many years, being a senior partner at the legal firm of Creaghe Lisle. Charles was the only country member of the Professional Standards Board of NSW, and received the prestigious award of Lawyer of the Year in NSW in 1988. He also served with a wide range of educational and charitable community organisations, usually as honorary solicitor, director or trustee. He served for three years as a Wagga Wagga City Council alderman, and lectured in law at the Wagga Wagga Campus of TAFE. Mr Houen was awarded Rotary’s highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2003.

The Charles Houen Memorial Legal Studies Scholarship was devised to honour the memory of Mr Charles Houen in recognition of the service in which Charles gave to the community. The Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Sunrise have chosen to award a scholarship to a student from a local high school, who has completed Year 11 Legal Studies and is intending to continue studies in law at university.  This award is competitive, and is worth $500 in Year 12, and a further $1000 should the student successfully complete first year of Law at university. To date, four students have received this scholarship, with Erin Doyle being the first to successfully complete first year Law and earn the second part of $1000. This dinner is to raise funds to support law students in future years.