Peter Zohrab, refused a Law Society certificate for
admission to the bar, argues feminists have used political pressure to prevent
him becoming a pro-male lawyer dealing with family law.
Outgoing Wellington District Law Society president Pam Davidson (Law
Society does not choose lawyers, Feb 23) concentrated on two relatively
trivial issues, and managed to create the impression of deceptive behaviour.
Her organisation has been virtually accused of denying me a certificate
for political reasons, and all she can say in response is to spell out some
legal technicalities of the admission process ! In a free society, there is
no legal basis for denying someone entry to the legal profession on the basis
of their political views
She correctly points out that the Wellington District Law Society does not
admit candidates -- the High Court does -- and that it cannot just drop the
"fit and proper" criterion for admission -- Parliament enshrined
that in (the previous) legislation.
However, it seems deceptive of her not to have also mentioned that in 2002
the Court in Singh v Auckland District Law Society held that "the
legislature has appointed district law societies as the court's surrogates
for the purpose of conducting inquiries into an applicant's character."
District Law Societies are also usually legally represented at the High Court
when a candidate attempts to gain admission without a certificate from the
This obviously places a heavy responsibility on the law societies to behave
in a lawful and ethical manner. Just as a barrister is an officer of the court,
and has a duty to the court that even overrides his/her duty to the client
-- so the Wellington District Law Society has an obvious duty to the court
and to Parliament (i.e. to us all) to carry out its responsibility in this
matter in a way that does not infringe democratic rights.
Ms* Davidson dodged the issue of why it is that her council
can lawfully and ethically make the decision that they have made about my
character and fitness to be a lawyer.
I am the only candidate not to have been given a certificate by the Wellington
District Law Society since (and including) 2002 -- involving an estimated
1,200 candidates. That statistic would seem to imply that the Wellington District
Law Society Council should have followed a sound procedure and come to a sound
conclusion about some very severe deficiency in my candidature.
The fact alone that a female Council member laughed when I told the Council
about being assaulted by feminist law students casts doubt on the judgment
of the Council.
If my character is at issue, then -- by the same token -- the character
of the people who judged me is also at issue.
Violence is a key issue in family law, in which area I wish to practise,
because feminists have used political pressure to make mainstream a sexist
fantasy about male violence which is called the Power and Control (Duluth)
According to that model, it is only men who are violent -- but this model
is only given credibility because feminists are violent towards men and then
do not view violence perpetrated by their "sisters" as anything
more than a laughing matter.
It is relevant to raise the issue of the broader context, which is the apparent
inability of many men and fathers to find lawyers who take a sufficiently
If the district law society is successful in its attempt
to prevent me from becoming a pro-men lawyer, this will cast a shadow on,
and be a deterrent to anyone else who may want to follow in my footsteps.
Our democracy will suffer.
*I tend to avoid using the title "Ms",
which was inserted here by the Dominion Post, although I was once complimented
by a girlfriend for being an "early adopter" of that title, when
writing to her. My reason for now wanting to avoid using it is that it is
a symbol of the totally fake "equality" which Feminists often claim
that Feminism is about. See The