Law Week

Law Week Events

Law Week Events

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15 – 19 May 2017

The law affects each of our daily lives; from knowing our rights under the law, creating employment contracts, how a mediation works, setting up a business, having a will prepared or simply knowing what to do or where to go for legal assistance.

Law Week is an annual opportunity for the legal profession to engage with the Western Australian community to build a shared understanding of the vital role of the law in our society.

During Law Week, the Law Society  showcases a series of events and information sessions focusing on law and justice in the community.

In 2017, the Law Society was pleased to present its annual Law Week, including a diverse range of events both for the community and legal profession offered by the Law Society, law firms, community legal centres and other organisations across the State. There were more than 50 events in total.

WA Lawyer of the Year Awards

WA Lawyer of the Year Awards

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

The WA 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.

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.

Nominations for 2017 have closed. Winners were announced at the Law Week Awards Night, hosted by Bankwest on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

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Award recipients

Practitioner with more than five years’ experience

Lawyer of the Year Award Winners

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

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

Practitioner with less than five years’ experience

Lawyer of the Year Award Winner

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

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

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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.