Law Week Events

Law Week Events

Law Week 2019 | A Focus on Law and Justice in the Community | #LawyersMakeaDifference

Every year, Law Week brings the community and legal profession together to build a shared understanding of the law. Law Week 2019 features our most exciting programme yet, with events that will entertain, inform and inspire.

For Law Week 2019, the Law Society launches its new campaign ‘Lawyers Make a Difference’, celebrating the important work done by lawyers for the benefit of our community. In every facet of society you will find lawyers using their skills to help others; whether keeping the community informed of their rights, helping entrepreneurs set up small businesses, or providing vital legal assistance to those who couldn’t otherwise afford to access justice.

Use #LawyersMakeaDifference on social media to share your own examples of ways lawyers are making a difference in your community. Check out the Law Week events listed below and we look forward to seeing you there!

Full Law Week Programme Available

Click here to access the PDF version of the Law Week 2019 programme, or see the online version below.

Law Week Breakfast with Keynote Address on Law, Lawyers and Human Rights presented by Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
Time 7.15am – 9.15am
Venue Argyle Ballroom, Parmelia Hilton Perth, 14 Mill Street, Perth
Description Join us as we celebrate the official opening of Law Week 2019, and recognise the contributions made by members of the legal profession to the WA community with a breakfast and keynote address on Law, Lawyers and Human Rights from Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Law Society is delighted to once again host the Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards at the event.

Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/law-week-breakfast-2019
Cost Law Society members – $60 Members | Non-members – $85
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
For Legal profession
Legal Aid WA: How We Help
Time 8.30am – 9.00am
Venue Legal Aid WA, 32 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description Information about the services that Legal Aid WA provides including types of legal problems they can help with, who qualifies for assistance, how to get help and where to go.
Register Email cle@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA
For Legal and community service providers including educators, health workers and legal assistance workers.
Legal Aid WA: Community Legal Education Programs and Resources
Time 9.00am – 9.30am
Venue Legal Aid WA, 32 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description Information about the community legal education programs and resources that Legal Aid WA have available including What’s the Law, Blurred Borders, Family Violence and FVROs, When Separating and R U Legal? as well as self-help kits, guides, information sheets, videos and animations.
Register Email cle@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA
For Legal and community service providers including educators, health workers and legal assistance workers.
Presentation by The Hon Wayne Martin AC QC on Mediation and Adjudication – Synergistic Partners or Rivals?
Time 5.15pm for 5.30pm start to 7.00pm
Venue Jackson McDonald, Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description Presentation by The Hon Wayne Martin AC QC on Mediation and Adjudication – Synergistic Partners or Rivals?
Register Via Resolution Institute website: resolution.institute/events/event/wa-law-week-mediation-and-adjudication-synergistic-partners-or-rivals
Cost Free
Organiser Jointly presented by Resolution Institute & Jackson McDonald
For Legal profession, mediators, conciliators, conflict resolvers
Youth Civics Leadership Day
Time 9.00am – 3.30pm
Venue Old Court House Law Museum
Description The Youth Civics Leadership Day aims to provide the Year 10 participants with the opportunity to enhance and build on the leadership potential and/or civic awareness potential that they have demonstrated within their school and/or community.
Register Participation by invitation only
Cost Free
Organiser Francis Burt Law Education Programme
For WA High Schools: Selected schools are invited to nominate two Year 10 students which have displayed leadership potential and/or civic awareness.
Community Legal Advice Day, Midland
Time 9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue Midlas, 23 Old Great Northern Highway, Midland
Description Free legal advice from Legal Aid WA and Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service Inc (Midlas).
Register Call (08) 9261 6356 or email sarina.bontempo@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA
For Community
HHG Giving Back Free Legal Clinic
Time 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue HHG Legal Group, Mandurah Office, 106 Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah
Description To celebrate Law Week, HHG Legal Group will be running a special series of Free Legal Assistance Clinics. Short, sharp and free of charge these appointments are run by award-winning lawyers across WA. Criminal Law Free Legal Assistance Clinics with Senior Criminal Lawyer, Siobhan Nims. 
Register By appointment only. Call 1800 609 945 or email Mandurah.Reception@hhg.com.au to book a 15 minute appointment.
Cost Free
Organiser HHG Legal Group
For Community
HHG Giving Back Free Legal Clinic
Time 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue HHG Legal Group, Albany Office, 49 Peel Place, Albany
Description To celebrate Law Week, HHG Legal Group will be running a special series of Free Legal Assistance Clinics. Short, sharp and free of charge these appointments are run by award-winning lawyers across WA. General Legal Assistance Clinics with Solicitor, Emma Catterall and Special Counsel, Marcus Hodge.
Register By appointment only. Call 1800 609 945 or email albany-reception@hhg.com.au to book a 15 minute appointment.
Cost Free
Organiser HHG Legal Group
For Community
The Law Access Walk for Justice 2019
Time 7.30am – 9.00am
Venue Commencing in front of the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay, Perth
Description

Celebrate the vital pro bono work of the legal profession and raise funds for Law Access, which matches individuals and community organisations seeking legal assistance with pro bono lawyers.

Register mycause.com.au/events/lawaccesswalkforjustice
Cost Free, registration essential
Organiser Law Access
For Legal profession and community
Advice Clinics on National Redress and Family Law Property Settlement
Time 8.30am – 3.30pm
Venue Lotteries House Geraldton, Conference Room, 114 Sanford Street, Geraldton
Description

Regional Alliance West are running 20-minute advice clinics to provide quick information and appropriate referrals for further assistance on the following matters: Any Legal issue; Tenancy and Financial.

Register Contact (08) 9938 0600 to put your name on the list
Click here to see the event flyer
Cost Free
Organiser Hester Coetsee & Alison Muller of Regional Alliance West
For Community
Free Information Session on Redress – Session 1
Time 9.00am – 11.00am
Venue Lotteries House Geraldton, Conference Room, 114 Sanford Street, Geraldton
Description

There will also be 20 minute one-on-one advice appointments available throughout the day, straight after the information sessions. Information brochures and resources will be displayed for attendees to take away.

Register Contact (08) 9938 0600 to put your name on the list
Click here to see the event flyer
Cost Free
Organiser Hester Coetsee & Alison Muller of Regional Alliance West
For Community
Free Information Session on Redress – Session 2
Time 12.00noon – 1.30pm
Venue Lotteries House Geraldton, Conference Room, 114 Sanford Street, Geraldton
Description

The following topics will be discussed:
• What is Property Settlement
• How to deal with Assets and Debts
• Property Settlement Options
• Time Limits
• House and Land ownership and
• Superannuation in Property Settlement

Register Contact (08) 9938 0600 to put your name on the list
Click here to see the event flyer
Cost Free
Organiser Hester Coetsee & Alison Muller of Regional Alliance West
For Community
Pragma’s 3rd Annual Law Week Quiz Night
Time 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue Subiaco Football Club, 246 Vincent Street, Leederville
Description

As part of Law Week, Pragma is hosting a Quiz Night to raise funds for one of Western Australia’s community legal centres, The Subiaco Justice Centre Inc. The centre provides legal advice and representation to disadvantaged persons and seeks to improve access to justice in new and innovative ways.

With the support of the Law Society and the Piddington Society, the Quiz Night will be held on Tuesday 14 May 2019. The topics will be centred around some of the more interesting and entertaining aspects of the law, including popular culture and everyday life. Guests will be tested on their knowledge of classic legal films, quirky laws and remarkable decisions from around the world. We are hoping it will be a fun night without any formalities, a chance to socialise within the profession, and an opportunity to raise funds for a good cause.

Register eventbrite.com/e/pragmas-3rd-annual-law-week-quiz-night-tickets-58352195989
Cost Table of 10: $300
Organiser Pragma Legal
For Legal profession
Online Webinar for Financial Counsellors
Time 9.30am
Venue Financial Counsellors Association of WA’s Office, East Perth
Description

The Consumer Credit Legal Service WA Inc. will be providing an online webinar to financial counsellors across the state on understanding responsible lending, small amount credit contacts and hardship.

Register N/A – Not a public event
Cost N/A
Organiser Consumer Credit Legal Service WA Inc.
For Community Workers
Intellectual Property 101 –
What you need to know 
about protecting your Intellectual Property
Time 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Venue Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description

The Law Society’s Intellectual Property and Technology Committee presents a panel discussion Q&A event providing an introduction to intellectual property, highlighting why it is important and how business owners can take steps to protect it.

Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/event/intellectual-property-101
By email: advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au
Cost Free, registration essential
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
For Small business owners, start-up founders and employees, students and community members

Family Violence Restraining Order Information Session
Time 1.30pm
Venue ICT Room at the Bunbury Library, 1 Parkfield Street, Bunbury
Description Our information session will help existing participants to Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO) proceedings, anybody who is considering applying for a FVRO, or people who are working with persons participating in FVRO processes. The sessions will provide an overview of the law relating to FVROs, court procedure and potential options for reaching a negotiated outcome. These sessions are FREE and are open to everyone. See event flyer here.
Register Registration not required 
Cost Free
Organiser South West Community Legal Centre
For Community

Wills & Deceased Estate Seminar (First Session)
Time 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Venue South Perth Library – Cnr South Tce & Sandgate St, South Perth
Description As part of Law Week, The Public Trustee will be hosting two free community talks where you can learn more about the importance of having a legally valid Will, deceased estate administration and safeguarding decision-making in later life by preparing an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG), Advance Health Directive or by applying for Guardian & Administration Orders.
Register trybooking.com/book/event?eid=445173&
Cost Free, registration essential
Organiser Public Trustee
For Community
HHG Giving Back Free Legal Clinic
Time 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue HHG Legal Group, Mandurah Office, 106 Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah
Description To celebrate Law Week, HHG Legal Group will be running a special series of Free Legal Assistance Clinics. Short, sharp and free of charge these appointments are run by award-winning lawyers across WA. Family Law Free Legal Assistance Clinics with Associate, Stewart Kattowitz.
Register By appointment only. Call 1800 609 945 or email Mandurah.Reception@hhg.com.au to book a 15 minute appointment.
Cost Free
Organiser HHG Legal Group
For Community
HHG Giving Back Free Legal Clinic
Time 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue HHG Legal Group, Albany Office, 49 Peels Place, Albany
Description To celebrate Law Week, HHG Legal Group will be running a special series of Free Legal Assistance Clinics. Short, sharp and free of charge these appointments are run by award-winning lawyers across WA. General Legal Assistance Clinics with Solicitor, Emma Catterall and Special Counsel, Marcus Hodge.
Register By appointment only. Call 1800 609 945 or email albany-reception@hhg.com.au to book a 15 minute appointment.
Cost Free
Organiser HHG Legal Group
For Community
Law in the Mall
Time 9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue Fremantle Community Legal Centre’s Offices, Level 1, Suite 31 Fremantle Malls, 35 William Street, Fremantle
Description We can provide free 30 minute legal advice on Family Law, Tenancy, Traffic Matters, Employment Law, Criminal Matters, Civil Matters, Wills & Estates, Debts, Consumer Law, Restraining Orders, Medical Negligence and Property Matters.
Register By telephone on (08) 9432 9790 or fclc@fremantle.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Fremantle Community Legal Centre
For Community
NDIS: How to get access and get what you need
Time 10.00am – 12.00noon
Venue Legal Aid WA, 32 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description A joint presentation by Melissa Evans, Lawyer, Legal Aid WA and Rachel Cox, Disability Advocate, People With Disabilities WA.
Register To register for this event, call (08) 9261 6356 or email: sarina.bontempo@legalaid.wa.gov.au.
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA
For Community
Free Legal Information Session
Time 10.00am – 2.00pm
Venue St Barbara’s Square, Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie
Description Legal Information Session
Register N/A
Cost Free
Organiser Goldfields Community Legal Centre
For Community
Family Law, Mediation and Restraining Order Information for Separated Women
Time 10.30am
Venue Relationships Australia, 2232C Albany Highway, Gosnells
Description We will be visiting the FAIR group run by Relationships Australia to give a legal information presentation on mediation, domestic violence, child support and family law.
Register Contact Relationships Australia to enquire about joining the FAIR group on (08) 6164 0460
Cost Free
Organiser Gosnells Community Legal Centre
For FAIR Group
Legal Information for Caseworkers Working with Separated Families
Time 2.00pm
Venue Relationships Australia, 2232 Albany Highway, Gosnells
Description Get a foundation of knowledge in family law, mediation, family and domestic violence, tenancy (relating to domestic violence) and child support. This seminar is aimed at caseworkers from a non-legal background.
Register Email Tara at tara@gosclc.com.au
Cost Free
Organiser Gosnells Community Legal Centre
For Caseworkers and other professionals from a non-legal background
HHG Giving Back Free Legal Clinic
Time 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue HHG Legal Group, Mandurah Office, 106 Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah
Description To celebrate Law Week, HHG Legal Group will be running a special series of Free Legal Assistance Clinics. Short, sharp and free of charge these appointments are run by award-winning lawyers across WA. Wills and Estate Planning Free Legal Assistance Clinics with Lucy and Aimee.
Register By appointment only. Call 1800 609 945 or email Mandurah.Reception@hhg.com.au to book a 15 minute appointment.
Cost Free
Organiser HHG Legal Group
For Community
HHG Giving Back Free Legal Clinic
Time 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue HHG Legal Group, Albany Office, 49 Peels Place, Albany
Description To celebrate Law Week, HHG Legal Group will be running a special series of Free Legal Assistance Clinics. Short, sharp and free of charge these appointments are run by award-winning lawyers across WA. General Legal Assistance Clinics with Solicitor, Emma Catterall and Special Counsel, Marcus Hodge.
Register By appointment only. Call 1800 609 945 or email albany-reception@hhg.com.au to book a 15 minute appointment.
Cost Free
Organiser HHG Legal Group
For Community
Division of Property and Other Assets After Divorce or Separation
Time 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue Gosnells Community Lotteries House, Meeting Room 1, 2232C Albany Highway
Description This session provides an introduction to family law after separation, specifically in relation to the division of assets and property. The following topics will be covered:
1. How a Court decides how to divide assets and debts
2 How to avoid Court
3. How to formalise an agreement
Register Email: admin@gosclc.com.au to reserve your seat
Cost Free
Organiser Gosnells Community Legal Centre
For Community
Cyril Jackson Health Festival – Legal Aid WA delivering R U Legal?
Time 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, 53 Reid Street, Bassendean
Description The aim of the Cyril Jackson Health Festival is to promote healthy lifestyles and link students with a variety of community agencies that provide health services, information and support. Legal Aid WA speaks to students about the age of criminal responsibility, laws relating to cyber bullying, sexting, image-based abuse, sex and consent, and the legal consequences of these behaviours.
Register N/A
Cost Free
Organiser Cyril Jackson Senior Campus with Legal Aid WA participating
For School students, teachers and support staff
Behind the Curtains at the Corruption and Crime Commission
Time 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Venue Corruption and Crime Commission, Level 5, 45 Francis Street, Northbridge
Description One way the CCC investigates corruption is by conducting examinations. They are usually in private and shrouded in secrecy. For Law Week, the CCC will be conducting a mock examination. See first-hand what any CCC examination might involve – hard hitting questions, surveillance footage, telephone intercept, red-faced witnesses and the ultimate uncovering of the truth!
Register By email to LawWeekEvent@ccc.wa.gov.au or at behindthecurtainsattheccc.eventbrite.com.au
Cost Free
Organiser Corruption and Crime Commission
For Community and legal profession
Special Law Week Screening: Connection to Country
Presented by the Young Lawyers Committee
Time 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue QV1 Conference Centre, Level 2, 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description The Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee is raising
awareness about how the legal profession, students and
members of the public can assist with Indigenous legal issues.
The event will centre on a screening of Connection to Country,
a beautifully shot documentary directed by Tyson Mowarin.It explores the relationship between Indigenous people and
their land and charts the struggles to have their unique cultural
heritage recognised, conserved and celebrated.This special event in Law Week is open to all members and non-members, law students, local community groups, lawyers and
those with an interest in Indigenous issues.
Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/law-week-2019-ylc
Cost Free
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
For Community and legal profession
The Life and Music of Dom Rosendo Salvado
Time 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue The Old Court House Law Museum, Stirling Gardens, Perth
Description The New Norcia mission was founded in March 1846. By late April, the community had exhausted their provisions and was at risk of starvation.

The colourful Spanish missionary Dom Rosendo Salvado and an Aboriginal companion walked 130 kilometres from the Victoria Plains to Perth to speak to Bishop Brady about their desperate situation. It was decided that a piano recital would be held at the Old Court House to raise money and on the evening of 1 May 1846, Salvado gave a three hour piano recital to a packed audience.

Join us at the Old Court House Law Museum for an evening of music, drinks and canapés as Father Robert Nixon, who currently resides at New Norcia, gives his own recital of Salvado’s music and chats about his remarkable life and achievements. The Museum will also be hosting a new temporary exhibition showcasing many rare and interesting objects related to Salvado and his life; these are on loan from New Norcia.

Register eventbrite.com/e/the-life-and-music-of-dom-rosendo-salvado
Cost $25
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
For Recomended for over 18 years, community, musicians, historians, academics
Mock Trial Competition: Trials at Bunbury Court House
Time 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue Bunbury Court House, 3 Stephen Street, Bunbury
Description Come and watch students from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Busselton Senior High School and Georgiana Molloy Anglican School enact a Mock Trial in the Bunbury Court House. The trial is criminal matter in which the defendant is charged with stealing a bicycle on Rottnest Island. The two simultaneous trials will be judged by lawyers from the Bunbury community. The Competition has been staged every year since 1987, and this year, 1200 students from Perth to Busselton are registered as participants.
Register No registration required
Cost Free
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
For Community
Cluedunnit Kids Competition
Time N/A
Venue The Law Society of Western Australia
Description Year 6 (and 5/6 composite) student teams participate in the Competition by “investigating” a criminal offence with the goal of identifying the offender. Teams submit their findings in electronic or written form to a panel of legal professionals and compete against other student teams from schools across Western Australia.
Register Submissions close 15 May 2019
Cost Free
Organiser The Law Society’s Francis Burt Law Education Programme
For Year 5/6 Students
Online Dispute Resolution – The Way of the Future
Time 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue The Blockchain Centre, Level 2, 66 Kings Park Road, West Perth
Description As part of Law Week 2019, we want to promote access to justice and feel there is no better way to do this than inviting members of the legal profession and the community to an interactive demonstration of the Remedium online dispute resolution platform (www.remediumlaw.com).

The demonstration will be of the Family & Separation process we have developed, which helps separating couples deal with property settlements and parenting in a cost and time efficient manner.

Register eventbrite.com.au/e/online-dispute-resolution-the-future-of-dispute-resolution-is-here-registration-60510295924
Cost Free
Organiser Remedium
For Legal profession, ADR practitioners, the community
Seniors Rights and Advocacy Service presents Free Legal Information to Help Plan for Your Future
Time 9.30am – 10.00am (tea and coffee served after the presentation)
Venue Claremont Community Hub and Library, 308 Stirling Highway, Claremont
Description The Seniors Rights and Advocacy Service from Legal Aid Western Australia presents a free legal information session on planning for your future including: Enduring Powers of Attorney/Guardianship, Advance Health Directives, Wills, elder abuse and how Legal Aid Western Australia can help.
Register Online: trybooking.com/BBKBE
Email: Library@claremont.wa.gov.au
Phone: (08) 9285 4353
Cost Free
Organiser Seniors Rights and Advocacy Service from Legal Aid Western Australia in partnership with the Claremont Community Hub and Library
For Community
Strata-titled Property – Open Panel Session
Time 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue Telethon Speech & Hearing, 36 Dodd Street, Wembley
Description Do you own a strata-titled property? Are you confused about how a strata complex operates, or what rules apply to you? Do you have questions but don’t know who to ask?

For this session, SCA WA has organised a panel of professionals who specialise in the areas of Strata Law and Strata Management.

This session will provide you with a perfect opportunity to ask your questions and learn from others’ experience.

Register strata.community/events/event/owner-workshop-open-panel-session-160519
Cost Free, registration essential
Organiser Strata Community Association WA
For This workshop is for people who live in strata, own strata or are thinking of buying strata.
Wills & Deceased Estate Seminar (Second Session)
Time 10.15am – 11.45am
Venue Public Trustee Office – 553 Hay Street, Perth
Description As part of Law Week, The Public Trustee will be hosting two free community talks where you can learn more about the importance of having a legally valid Will, deceased estate administration and safeguarding decision-making in later life by preparing an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG), Advance Health Directive or by applying for Guardian & Administration Orders.
Register trybooking.com/book/event?eid=445173&

Or Phone 1300 746 116

Cost Free, registration essential
Organiser Public Trustee
For Community
Mock Trial Competition: Round 2 Trials
Time 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue 1903 Supreme Court Building, Stirling Gardens, 1 Barrack Street, Perth
Description Come and watch students enact a Mock Trial in the courtrooms of the 1903 Supreme Court Building. The trial is criminal matter in which the defendant is charged with stealing a bicycle on Rottnest Island. Teams from schools across Perth will act for the Prosecution or the Defence in many simultaneous trials adjudicated by volunteer lawyers from the community. The Competition has been staged every year since 1987, and this year, 1200 students from Perth to Busselton are registered as participants.
Register No registration required
Cost Free
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
For Community
CPD Day for Rural, Regional and Remote Legal Practitioners
Time 8.30am – 5.20pm
Venue Swan Room, Level 1, Parmelia Hilton, 14 Mill Street, Perth
Description After a successful first year, the Law Society is once again hosting a CPD day for RRR lawyers in Perth during Law Week.

Acknowledging the tyranny of distance, this CPD day is offered free for Country members* of the Law Society and heavily discounted for Country non-members at $200 for the entire day and provides 6 CPD Points across all four competencies.

The Law Society welcomes regional practitioners to Perth for a combination of professional learning and networking, concluding with a chance to socialise over drinks.

Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/cpd-day-country-practitioners
Cost Country Members: $0 | Country Non-Members: $200
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
For Legal profession
FREE Pop Up Legal Clinic
Time 9.30am – 11.30am
Venue 52 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury
Description Do you have a legal issue? Not sure and just want to have a chat with a lawyer about it? Then pop on in! The friendly and experienced staff from South West Community Legal Centre and Street Law Centre are here to help!

Advising on Family Law, Violence Restraining Orders, debt, ID documents (legal), fines & infringements, police complaints, Criminal Injuries Compensation and more. See event flyer here.

Register Walk-in appointments available on the day
Cost Free
Organiser South West Community Legal Centre
For Community
Mentally Impaired Accused: An Ethical Minefield
Time 12.30pm for registration and light lunch – Presentation at 1.30pm
Venue  State Library Theatre, The State Library of WA
Description Elle de Koning from the Mental Health Law Centre will present an ethical discussion on the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act, assessing Fitness to Stand Trial and the consequences of the insanity defence. Magistrate Zempilas will present on Custody Orders from the viewpoint of the bench and important information the court needs to know in making a decision whether to impose a Custody Order and Karen Farley SC will present on Custody Orders and appearing before the Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board.
Register RSVP to reception@mhlcwa.org.au by Monday, 13 May 2019
Cost Free
Organiser The Mental Health Law Centre
For Legal profession
Law Week Awards Night
Time 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue Grand Ballroom, The Westin, 480 Hay Street, Perth
Description As Law Week comes to a close, join the legal profession for an evening of recognition to celebrate law and justice in the community and our much anticipated Law Week Awards.

The prestigious awards are an opportunity to acknowledge those that have achieved a significant contribution in their legal careers to improving the course of justice and will announce the well-deserved recipients of the 2019 Lawyer of the Year Awards.

The evening also recognises long-serving practitioners who have held a practising certificate for more than 50 and 60 years.

Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/law-week-awards-night-2019
Cost Members: $35 | Non-Members: $55
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
For Legal profession
Legal Aid WA: R U Legal?
Venue Various locations of Primary and High Schools across WA
Description Community legal education program for school students and parents providing information about the age of criminal responsibility, laws affecting young people, and legal consequences. Sessions are tailored to the age and needs of the student group, and topics can include cyber bullying, sexting, image-based abuse, sex and consent, school fights and leavers.
Register Email cle@legalaid.wa.gov.au or book online legalaid.wa.gov.au/resources/r-u-legal
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA
For School students and parents

Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards

Presented as part of Law Week, the two Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards recognise one individual legal practitioner and one organisation which have provided outstanding pro bono legal services to the Western Australian community.

Nominations have now closed. Winners will be announced at the Law Week Breakfast on 13 May 2019.

With thanks to Law Week supporters and sponsors

Law Week 2018

Read our comprehensive review of Law Week 2018 below or click here for the 2018 programme to check out the events that took place in 2018, for a taste of what’s to come in 2019!

Lawyer of the Year Awards

Lawyer of the Year Awards

In the lead up to Law Week each year, the Law Society invites members to submit entries to the Lawyer of the Year Awards.

The Lawyer of the Year Awards recognise practitioners who have made particularly noteworthy contributions to the Western Australian legal profession, over and above what might be reasonably expected through paid legal employment.

2019 Lawyer of the Year Awards – Finalists

The Law Society is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 Lawyer of the Year Awards in the following categories:
Practitioners with more than five years’ experience:

Cheryl Chan
Dr Carolyn Tan
Mark Trowell QC

Practitioners with less than five years’ experience:

Najette Alaraibi
Zoe Bush
Kelsi Forrest

Congratulations to all finalists. The award recipients will be announced at the Law Week Awards night on 17 May 2019.

Criteria

  • The nominee has made a contribution over and above what might be reasonably expected through paid legal employment
  • The nominee has made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the Western Australian legal profession
  • The person is an outstanding example to the legal profession
  • The nominee does not need to be a Law Society member but they must give their consent and have been practising in Western Australia

Previous Award Recipients

Practitioner with more than five years’ experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 – Haley Allan

2017 – Simon Creek and Nicholas van Hattem
2016 – Claire Rossi and Glen McLeod
2015 – John Fiocco
2014 – Melanie Cave
2013 – Thomas Percy QC
2012 – Denis McLeod and Clare Thompson
2011 – Shayla Strapps and Amanda Goodier
2009 – Steven Penglis
2008 – Dr Johannes Schoombee

Practitioner with less than five years’ experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 – Tegan Harrington

2017 – Krista McMeeken
2016 – Michael Geelhoed
2015 – Callum Hair
2014 – Jessica Bowman and Stephanie Puris
2013 – Gary Mack
2012 – Tammy Solonec
2011 – Breony Allen
2009 – Toni Emmanuel
2008 – Anna Rakoczy

Sponsored by

Bankwest

Principal Sponsor

Lawyer of the Year (more than 5 years’ experience)

Murdoch University

Lawyer of the Year (less than 5 years’ experience)

Chief Justice’s Law Week Youth Appeal Trust

Chief Justice’s Law Week Youth Appeal Trust

The Chief Justice’s Law Week Youth Appeal Trust was established in 2001 by members of the Law Society with the objective “to create an ongoing charitable fundraising effort by legal practitioners to support youth charities, including (but not limited to) those for youth with disabilities and, in particular, youth support services that assist in diverting youth from the criminal justice system.”

The Trust, to which the late, the Honourable David Malcolm was the inaugural patron, has successfully provided funding to an array of services, charities and specific projects in Western Australia that assist in diverting youth from the criminal justice system.

Beneficiaries of Trust monies have included:

Monies from the Trust made possible the Headspace Kimberley Survival Camp on the Dampier Peninsular at Kooljaman. The camp promotes health and wellbeing in a fun environment for young people, as well as delivering education about nutrition, hygiene and fitness, and promoting positive self-esteem and increased feelings of self worth.

The Headspace Kimberley team approached Broome Senior High student service team and asked them to identify students who would benefit most from engaging with Headspace staff. Included in the group of 10 young people were a mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students; some were disengaged from school, from remote communities, or displayed behavioural issues or low self-confidence.

Two highly respected local Bardi men, Bundy Chaquebor and Brian Lee, provided cultural activities including spear-making, mud crabbing and learning about local and flora. They also spoke at length about the importance of respect for country, family and pride in where they came from. The five day camp allowed time to address how to communicate effectively, managing emotions, teamwork, and respect for each other and Aboriginal culture.

“I fully respect the Headspace staff and understand the advice they give. It helps me so I don’t react like I used to. I feel comfortable coming into the centre and could easily chat to any of them.” – Camp participant

Fundraising Events

Lawyers for a Cause | Charity Quiz Night

Donations

All donations to the Trust are tax deductible. Cheques can be mailed to:

Chief Justice’s Law Week Youth Appeal Trust
c/- The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 4, 160 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

For more information please call (08) 9324 8600.

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Law Week 2019

Law Week is an opportunity for the community and the legal profession to engage in open dialogue and build a shared understanding of the role of law in society. It is an excellent opportunity for the profession to promote its role in enabling an open, independent and unbiased judicial system.

The profession and community are encouraged to get involved by hosting events or seminars. Register your Law Week 2019 event by completing the form below to be included in the Law Society’s Law Week programme.