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.

The Law Society of Western Australia showcases a series of events and information sessions focusing on law and justice in the community, including those listed in the table below, with more to follow.

Law Week 2017 Programme

Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc on Community Radio
Time From 10.30am
Venue 107.3 Heritage FM
Description Principal of Mental Health Law Centre, Faith Cheok will chat with James Wray about the Centre’s work for clients whose mental health issues are causally related to their legal issues.
Register Tune In
Cost Free
Organiser Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc
For Community
Law Week Breakfast
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 2017, and recognise the contributions made by members of the legal profession to the WA community. Enjoy breakfast and a keynote address from Katie Miller, Executive Director, Legal Practice, Victoria Legal Aid and 2015 Law Institute of Victoria President.

Katie will present on Legal traditions in an age of disruption: How do lawyers decide what to keep and what to relinquish? The presentation will be chaired by the Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia.

The Law Society is delighted to welcome the Attorney General, The Hon John Quigley MLA, to present the Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards.

Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/law-week-breakfast
Cost Law Society members – $60 Members | Non-members – $85
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia
Award organiser Department of Attorney General
Sponsor HHG Legal Group
For Legal profession
South West & Great Southern Law Society – Law Week Breakfast
Time 7.00am for a 7.15am start
Venue Sylv’s Kitchen, Koombana Court, 141 Victoria Street, Bunbury
Description The topic of conversation will be Speech Therapy in the Criminal Justice System. Speech therapist Kali McWilliam from Stepping Stones discusses speech therapy intervention in youth and how to identify speech delays. She will answer your questions about how and when to involve a speech therapist and cost effective ways to do so.

Most of us who have not been heavily involved with speech therapy may not be aware of the many benefits and uses for speech therapy, which include a wide variety of conditions that are prevalent among youth involved in the criminal justice system (eg. FASD, Autism (ASD) and ADHD).  For practitioners – CPD points will apply; likely to be 1 point in ethics.

Register mhuber@als.org.au; please advise of dietary requirements when booking
Cost $20 for SWGSLS members | $30 for non-members
Organiser South West & Great Southern Law Society
For All members of the community engaged in the legal sector, the criminal justice system or other areas where speech therapy intervention may be of interest.
Free Legal Advice for Clients of Citiplace Community Centre
Time 9.00am – 3.00pm
Venue Citiplace Community Centre, Wellington Street, Perth
Description Legal Aid WA holds a Legal Advice Outreach Service at Citiplace Community Centre. Citiplace is open to seniors (55+ years) and people with disabilities.
Register Appointments to be made with Citiplace reception staff
Cost Free
Youth Civics Leadership Day
Time 9.00am – 3.30pm
Venue Old Court House Law Museum, Stirling Gardens
Description Nominated Year 10 participants take part in a one day course to enhance the leadership skills and civics awareness that they have already displayed within their school and community.
Register Participation is by invitation only
Cost Free
Organiser The Law Society’s Francis Burt Law Education Programme
Community Legal Education – R U Legal?
Time 12.15pm – 1.15pm
Venue Francis Burt Law Education Programme lunch, Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description One session – year 10
Register Danielle.Steele@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA in collaboration with the Francis Burt Chambers
For Year 10 High School Students in WA
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Cyber Safety and Appropriate Use of Social Media
Time 12.15pm – 1.00pm
Venue St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Cnr Glyde Street and Bayview Terrace Mosman Park
Description One session – years 7 & 8 (300 students total)
Register Danielle.Steele@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA
For High School Students in WA
Introduction to Corruption and Crime Commission
Time 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Venue Corruption and Crime Commission, 186 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description An introduction to the Commission by Commissioner John McKechnie QC and Acting Commissioner Scott Ellis. This is the first of three events during Law Week introducing the CCC to the public.
Register Lawweek2017@ccc.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
For

Community

Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue Bunbury High School
Description One session (30 Students)
Register No registration required
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA in collaboration with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Bunbury and the South West Community Legal Centre
For High School Students in WA
YLC: Mental Health Hypothetical
Time 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description A panel of senior members of the profession discuss ethical dilemmas that affect young lawyers in their first few years of practice, as well as the prevalence and management of mental illness in the work place.
Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/event/ylc-mental-health-hypothetical
Cost  Free
Organiser  The Law Society of Western Australia
For  Legal profession
The CL(Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996: the need for urgent reform
Time 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue The Carer Centre, 182 Lord Street, Perth
Description A range of stakeholders have identified the need to reform the CL(MIA) Act 1996. Speakers from the Mental Health Law Centre, State Forensic Mental Health Services, Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services, Developmental Disability WA and Mental Health Matters 2 will present on the reforms required.
Register Text to 0413 861 049 or email mentalhealthmatters2@gmail.com
Cost Free
Organiser Mental Health Matters 2
For Community
The Law Access Walk for Justice 2017
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 profession and raise funds for the Law Access Pro Bono Referral Service. Breakfast will follow.

Register mycause.com.au/events/lawaccesswalkforjustice
Cost Free, registration essential
Organiser Law Access
For Legal profession and community
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 9.00am – 3.00pm
Venue Bridgetown High School, 58 Steere Street, Bridgetown
Description Six sessions (150 students)
Register No registration required
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA in collaboration with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Bunbury and the South West Community Legal Centre
For High School Students in WA
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 9.00am – 3.00pm
Venue Albany Senior High School, 1 Campbell Rd, Mount Clarence
Description Six sessions – Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 (1100 students total)
Register No registration required
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA in collaboration with the Albany Community Legal Centre
For High School Students in WA
Simple Wills
Time 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue 142 Aberdeen Street, Albany
Register By appointment: (08) 9842 2046 or reception@latrolawyers.com.au
Cost Free
Organiser Latro Lawyers
For Pensioners and Seniors Card holders
Family Relationships and the Cycle of Violence
Time 9.40am – 11.50am
Venue Southern River College, Southern River Road, Gosnells
Description What is family and domestic violence? Why does it exist? How is it detected? How can legal systems assist? Violence restraining orders and case studies
Register melanie.mcleod@education.wa.edu.au
Cost Free
Organiser Gosnells Community Legal Centre
For Community
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 10.40am – 11.40pm
Venue Kununurra Senior High School, Kununurra
Description One session – year 9 (22 students total)
Register lindsay.greatorex@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA Kununurra
For High School Students in WA (Clontarf Members)
Introduction to the Corruption and Crime Commission
Time 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Venue Corruption and Crime Commission, 186 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description An insight into what the CCC does when its receives allegations and what to expect when dealing with the Commission.
Register Lawweek2017@ccc.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
For Community
Seminar on the specialist Mental Health Court, Start Court
Time 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Venue Norton Rose Fulbright
Description Guest of honour Her Honour Magistrate Zempilas will be the keynote speaker on the Start Court. With special guests including The Hon Chief Justice Wayne Stewart Martin AC
Register  Closed audience
Organiser  Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc
For Primary audience: advocates from the Mental Health Advocacy Service
Law Games: ‘May the Odds be in Your Favour’
Time 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue Block J, CRTAFE Aboriginal Learning Centre
173-175 Fitzgerald Street, Geraldton
Description Games will include: tenancy, family law, wills
Register Registration at the venue
Cost Free
Organiser Geraldton Resource Centre/Geraldton Community Legal Centre
For Community
Separated Parents Program and Writing a Parenting Plan
Time 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Venue Unit 7, 44a Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
Description Information seminar on the Separated Parents Program and writing a parenting plan
Register Call Ellie Carr on (08) 9261 4444
Cost Free
Organiser Lifeline WA
For Legal profession and community
Quiz Night – Profits to Street Law Centre WA (Inc)
Time 6.30pm
Venue Subiaco Sports Bar – Corporate Lounge, Gate 26, Domain Stadium, 201 Subiaco Road, Subiaco
Description A fun, anecdotal take on the more interesting and entertaining aspects of the law, with plenty of games, trivia and fundraising opportunities to be had. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Register eventbrite.com.au/e/law-week-quiz-night-profits-to-street-law-centre-wa-inc-tickets-32682586496
Cost $22.00 (single tickets) or $220.00 (table of 10)
Organiser Pragma Legal
For Legal profession
Criminal Law Reform – Back to the Future
Time 6.30pm – 8:30pm
Venue Foyer of the Perth Synagogue, 28 Freedman Road, Corner of Plantation Street, Menora
Description WA Society of Jewish Jurists and Lawyers will join with the Perth Hebrew Congregation to host a presentation by Professor Paul Fairall, Foundation Dean of the Law at Curtin University.
Register phclawweeek.eventbrite.com.au
Cost Free
Organiser WA Society of Jewish Jurists and Lawyers and Perth Hebrew Congregation
For Legal profession and community
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 8.50am – 9.50am
Venue Bunbury Senior High School
Description One session, law class (30 students)
Register No registration required
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA in collaboration with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Bunbury and the South West Community Legal Centre
For High School Students in WA
Community Legal Education R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 9.00am – 3.00pm
Venue Cape Naturaliste College, 30 Vasse Yallingup Rd, Vasse
Description Four sessions years 7 & 10 (170 students)
Register No registration required
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA in collaboration with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Bunbury and the South West Community Legal Centre
For  High School Students in WA
Community Legal Education R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 9.30am – 10.30am and 11.45am – 12.45pm
Venue Alta – 1 High School Albany (targeted engagement program) (100 students)
Description 2 sessions – middle and upper school
Register No registration required
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA in collaboration with the Albany Community Legal Centre
For High School Students in WA
Law in King Square, Fremantle
Time 9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue King Square, Fremantle
Description Free legal advice on family law, tenancy, traffic matters, employment law, criminal matters, civil matters, wills and estates, debts, consumer law, restraining orders, medical negligence and property matters.
Register Call (08) 9432 9790 or fclc@fremantle.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Fremantle Community Legal Centre for City of Fremantle
For Community
Law Week Information Stall
Time 10.00am – 2.00pm
Venue St Barbara Square, Kalgoorlie
Cost Free
Organiser Goldfields Community Legal Centre Inc
For Community
Enduring Powers of Attorney
Time 10.00am – 11.00am (includes morning tea)
Venue Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description Highly experienced probate lawyers explain what an Enduring Power of Attorney is and concentrate on the importance of appointing a capable and trustworthy attorney. They also explain the fiduciary obligations of an attorney and what an attorney can and cannot do. A Question and Answer session follows.
Register info@lawsocietywa.asn.au
Cost Free
Organiser Law Society of Western Australia
For Community
Overview of Corruption and Crime Commission’s Investigations, Powers and Outcomes from Investigations of the Past
Time 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Venue Corruption and Crime Commission, 186 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description The CCC showcases some of its past work, providing a glimpse
into the world of corruption investigations.
Register Lawweek2017@ccc.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
For Community
Henry Willey Reveley: Western Australia’s First Engineer and Architect
Time 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Venue Old Court House Law Museum, Stirling Gardens, Perth
Description The Old Court House is one of only two surviving buildings in Western Australia attributable to Henry Reveley, the other being Fremantle’s Round House. In this talk, retired Murdoch University historian Professor Bob Reece reveals Reveley’s unexpectedly chequered background and the challenges he encountered at early Swan River Colony.
Register SOLD OUT
Cost The Law Society’s Old Court House Law Museum
For Community and legal profession
Law Week Talk – Wills & Deceased Estate Administration
Time 2.00pm
Venue Argyle Room, Level 1, Public Trustee Building, 553 Hay Street Perth
Description A will talk with the aim of encouraging Western Australian adults to make a will and reduce the rate of intestacy. Learn about: making a valid will; who can contest your will; and what’s involved for executors in the deceased estate administration process.
Register trybooking.com/book/event?eid=273493 or call 1300 746 116
Cost Free
Organiser Public Trustee’s Office
For Community
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Consent and Identity Theft
Time 2.00pm to 3.00pm
Venue WA Midwest GSC Clontarf Academy, Carson Tce, Geraldton
Description One session, two topics – years 11/12 (32 students)
Register yvonne.lovedee@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA Geraldton – presenter Kelly Beard
For High School students
HHG Giving Back Free Legal Clinics – Every Wednesday
Time 4.00pm – 6.00pm for West Perth office
4.00pm – 5.00pm for Mandurah and Albany offices
Venue Level 1, 16 Parliament Place, West Perth
3/106 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
49 Peels Place, Albany
Register By appointment only. Call 1800 609 945 or we.help.people@hhg.com.au
Cost Free
Organiser HHG Legal Group
For Community
Resolution Institute WA Chapter’s Law Week Event
Time 5.15pm for 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue Jackson McDonald, Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Description Effective and timely resolution of tax disputes – the ATO in-house facilitation service and beyond. Presentation by Debbie Hastings, Deputy Commissioner, Review & Dispute Resolution, Australian Taxation Office
Register resolution.institute/events
Cost Free
Organiser Resolution Institute
For Legal profession
Access to Justice for Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Law Week Panel Presentation Hosted by the Young Lawyers Committee
Time 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Venue Court Room 1, Supreme Court of Western Australia
Stirling Gardens, Barrack Street, Perth
Description This panel presentation hosted by the Young Lawyers Committee discusses Access to Justice for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, chaired by Greg McIntyre SC.
Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/event/law-week-panel-presentation-ylc
Cost Free
Organiser The Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee
For Legal profession and law students
Law Week Dinner for Legal Profession, Staff and Partners
Time 5.00pm pre-dinner drinks, 7.00pm dinner
Venue Due South, 6 Toll Place, Albany
Description Practitioners, staff and partners are invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA Ltd
Register lmettam@als.org.au or call (08) 9841 7833
Cost Individual order and pay on the night
Organiser Aboriginal Legal Service of WA Limited
For Legal profession, staff and partners
Simple Wills
Time 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue 142 Aberdeen Street, Albany
Register By appointment: (08) 9842 2046 or reception@latrolawyers.com.au
Cost Free
Organiser Latro Lawyers
For Pensioners and Seniors Card holders
Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Guardianship and Advance Health Directives
Time 11.30am
Venue Bunbury Library
Description Future Planning – a Community Legal Education session on Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Guardianship and Advance Health Directives
Register (08) 9792 7190 or bunlib@bunbury.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid Bunbury, South West Community Legal Centre and Aboriginal Legal Service Bunbury
For Community
CCLSWA presents Financial Literacy for Newly Arrived Migrants
Time 11.45am
Venue Edmund Rice Centre, 18 Brewer Place, Mirrabooka
Description CCLSWA will present a financial literacy seminar to newly arrived migrants. It will cover general credit and debt; buying a car; and online shopping.
Register Clients of Edmund Rice Centre Only
Cost Free
Organiser Consumer Credit Legal Service
For Community
Life’s Challenges – Have a Plan, Not a Drama
Time 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Venue Clairs Keeley and Tilenni Stiles & Associates
Ground Floor, 2 Brook Street, East Perth
Register Hear from a family lawyer, an estate planning lawyer, an accountant and a financial planner about how you can approach life’s challenges, like starting a family, starting a business, making investments, divorce, business failure, illness or disability, retirement and bereavement, to manage the legal and financial risks to stay out of Court, and stay talking to your loved ones.
Cost ck@clairskeeley.com.au or (08) 9228 0811
Organiser Clairs Keeley and Tilenni Stiles & Associates
For Community
Aboriginal Legal Service of WA Information Session – Human Rights and Liberty
Time 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue 7 Aberdeen Street, East Perth
Description A session for community members to come along and learn more about the significant role that the ALS plays for Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
Register Call Sabah Rind on (08) 9265 6666 or srind@als.org.au
Cost Free. Refreshments included
Organiser Aboriginal Legal Service of WA
For Community and legal profession
Lecture for postgraduate training in psychiatry: The role of the Mental Health Law Centre
Time 1.30pm to 5.00pm
Venue Graylands Hospital
Description CEO David Kernohan, Principal Faith Cheok and paralegals will speak to postgraduate psychiatry students, at the invitation of Dr Rowan Davidson.
Register Closed audience
Organiser Mental Health Law Centre (WA) Inc
For Lecture for postgraduate training in psychiatry
What You Need to Know About Strata
Time 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue Wesfarmers Theatre, Perron Centre, 61 Kitchener Avenue, Victoria Park
Description This workshop is for people who live or own in a strata scheme, or are thinking of buying a strata titled property. John Park from Park Legal Solutions explains the key concepts of the Strata Titles Act, and winner of Strata Manager of the Year 2016, Karen Richardson of Richardson Strata Management, puts it into practical perspective. Don’t miss this valuable information session.
Facilitator SCA (WA) President, Scott Bellerby
Register admin.wa@stratacommunity.org.au
Cost Free
For Community
Law Week Awards Night
Time 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue Bankwest Place, Raine Square, Level 1, 300 Murray Street, Perth
Description As Law Week comes to a close, join us and the legal profession as we celebrate law and justice in the community for an evening of recognition, music, canapés and refreshments. The event will recognise recipients of the 2017 Lawyer of the Year Awards and practitioners who have held a practising certificate for more than 50 and 60 years.
Register lawsocietywa.asn.au/event/law-week-awards-night
Cost Law Society members – $20 | Non-members – $45
Organiser The Law Society of Western Australia | Hosted by Bankwest
Sponsor Profile Legal Recruitment and Murdoch University
For Legal profession
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue Aboriginal Students Hostel, Kununurra
Description One session – years 7-12 (30 students total)
Register lindsay.greatorex@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA Kununurra
For High School Students in WA
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 9.00 am – 10.00am
Venue St Joseph’s Parish Primary School, Kununurra
Description One session – year 6 (20 students total)
Register lindsay.greatorex@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA Kununurra working with Aboriginal Family Law Service Kununurra
For Primary School Students in WA
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Consent and Identity Theft
Time 9.30am – 10.45am
Venue WA Midwest GSC Clontarf Academy, Carson Tce, Geraldton
Description One session, two topics – year 10 (20 students)
Register yvonne.lovedee@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA Geraldton – presenter Kelly Beard
For High School students
Family Relationships and the Cycle of Violence
Time 11.20am – 12:22pm
Venue Kelmscott Senior High School, 50 Third Avenue, Kelmscott
Description Family Relationships and the cycle of violence

  • What is family and domestic violence?
  • Why does it exist?
  • How is it detected?
  • How can the legal systems assist?
  • Violence restraining orders
  • Case studies
Register Email Frances.Marcotrigiano@education.wa.edu.au
Cost Free
Organiser Gosnells Community Legal Centre
For A group of year 10 students who have completed law and politics
Community Legal Education – R U Legal? Sexting, Age Of Consent, Cyber Bullying
Time 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue Strathalbyn Christian College, 15 Cedar Cres, Strathalbyn
Description Two  sessions, Cyberbullying, Sexting, Age of consent – year 10 (40 students)
Register yvonne.lovedee@legalaid.wa.gov.au
Cost Free
Organiser Legal Aid WA Geraldton – presenter Kelly Beard
For High school students
Blackstone Dinner Debate – Fundraising
Time 7.00pm
Venue Hyatt Regency Hotel, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Description The Dinner Debate, an annual light-hearted comedy debate between students and legal professionals, is one of the highlights of the UWA Law School calendar. This year the professional team is comprised of Matt Howard SC, Paul Yovich SC, and Linda Black, and our student team is Ellie Tapsell, Danielle Battista, and Tom Durkin. Our MC for the evening is Associate Professor Kate Offer.

The topic for this year’s debate is ‘That the friends we make in Law School will be friends for life.’

Tickets include a two-course dinner, unlimited drinks package, the hilarious debate, and buses and entry to the after-party. Tables are of 8-10 people. Dress is black tie.

Every year the Blackstone Society selects a charity for us to fundraise for, and this year we have chosen Law Access as the Committee is participating in the Law Access Walk for Justice that week.

Register blackstone.iwannaticket.com.au/event/dinner-debate-MTI2MDA
Cost $95 for Blackstone members | $105 for non-members
Organiser The Blackstone Society (UWA Law Students’ Society)
For Law Students, Legal Professionals, Staff Members
CCLSWA on Community Radio
Time 11.15am – 12.00pm
Venue 107.3 Heritage FM
Description CCLSWA Principal Solicitor, Gemma Mitchell, will be a guest on the James Wray show.
Register Tune in
Cost Free
Organiser Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA) Inc.
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 are announced at the Law Week Awards Night, hosted by Bankwest on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

Sponsored by

Award recipients

Practitioner with more than five years’ experience

Claire-Rossi-Glen-McLeod

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

Profile Legal

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

Practitioner with less than five years’ experience

Michael Geelhoed

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.

Get Involved

Get Involved

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Law Week: 15 – 19 May 2017

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 interesting and enjoyable events or seminars. To register your event during Law Week please use the form below.