Lawyer Visits to Schools Network
Lawyer visits to schools is an initiative of the Law Society and is coordinated by the Francis Burt Law Education Programme. The aim is to increase student awareness of the law, legal principles and the court system in Western Australia. The visits provide an exciting opportunity for the legal profession to engage with students and teachers in the community.
Requests for volunteer lawyer visits are initiated by schools and the Law Society circulates the request to members who may be able to accept the request on a volunteer basis. Volunteer lawyers visit schools free of charge and present to students on a topic requested by the teacher that initiates the request. Please see the frequently asked questions for more information.
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Schools with and ICSEA value of 1,000 or less and community organisations that may lack the financial resources to participate in the Francis Burt Law Education Programme are invited to participate in the Subsidised School Visits Programme.
The cost of bus hire and/or the FBLEP tour fee is covered thanks to Curtin University Law School which partners in this initiative.
The programme for groups participating in the Subsidised School Visits Programme adapts according to the needs of each group and may include an empty court activity, observing a court in session, an improvised or scripted court scenario and/or question and answer sessions with invited guests.
Please contact the Law Society’s Francis Burt Law Education Programme at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in a subsidised school visit if you think your school or community organisation might be eligible.
Year 6 and Year 5/6 student teams investigate a fictional criminal offence with the goal of identifying the prime suspect. A brief of evidence provides clues and students ask questions to get further evidence to identify the prime suspect and eliminate other suspects. Each team then creates and submits their findings in a creative way of their choosing. Experts from the legal profession and the WA Police review the top ten submissions using the following criteria: Correct identification of suspect, Supporting evidence, Creativity, Application of legal principles and Appropriate sentencing.
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2020 Cluedunnit Kids Winning Team and Judges
2020 Cluedunnit Kids Runner Up Team and Judges
2020 Cluedunnit Kids Ambassador School recipients and Judges
Belmont Local Court in New South Wales established the Law Week Clued up Kids Competition in 2009. In 2014 and 2015, the Francis Burt Law Education Programme worked with the New South Wales coordinator to establish a Western Australian competition.
In 2016, the Francis Burt Law Education Programme launched an independent Western Australian Law Week initiative named Cluedunnit Kids.
Cluedunnit Kids addresses WA Curriculum General Capabilities: Literacy, ICT Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability and Ethical Understanding. It provides engaging and enjoyable opportunities for students to apply the core WA Curriculum HaSS Skills: Questioning and Researching, Analysing, Evaluating and Communicating and Reflecting.
All students receive a certificate of participation and a commemorative gift.
Participation is free and schools register online: click here to register (2021 registrations to open in Feb 2021)
2020 Cluedunnit Kids Awards
- Winning Team: The Fast and the Curious, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
- Runner-Up Team: The Iona Team, Iona Presentation College
- Ambassador School Award Winner: Roseworth Primary School
2020 Cluedunnit Kids Winning Entry: Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
The winning entry created by the Fast and the Curious team at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School was a pop-up book. We are now working with Arts and Creative Industries students at Curtin University to create a video file of the pop-up book to bring the magic of the winning entry to life.
2020 Cluedunnit Kids Runner up Entry: Iona Presentation College
Previous Cluedunnit Kids Winners
- 2019: St Lawrence’s Primary School, Geraldton
- 2018: Peter Moyes Anglican Community School and St Lawrence’s Primary School, Geraldton (Joint Winners)
- 2017: St Brigid’s School, Collie
- 2016: Wanneroo Primary School
Youth Civics Leadership Day
As a part of Law Week the Law Society invites schools to nominate two Year 10 students, who have demonstrated leadership skills and/or civics awareness within their school and/or community, to participate in the Youth Civics Leadership Day Law Week event.
Participants take part in a one-day leadership skills and civics awareness event at the Old Court House Law Museum in Perth. The event enhances the leadership skills and civics awareness that the participants have already displayed within their school and community.
Participants meet and interact with other like-minded students and young professionals from the legal profession during the day. The Programme includes a session on civic awareness and the law, a leadership skills workshop and a presentation from a motivational speaker. During the luncheon, participants have the opportunity to interact with young lawyers from a number of diverse organisations A Supreme Court Judge presents students with a Certificate of Participation at the end of the event
Participation is by invitation only.
Established in 1989, the Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture provides an opportunity for a person learned in the law and familiar with the public face of law to address issues of relevance to the Year 11-12 Politics and Law curriculum in a public forum.
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2020 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture | Kids in Jail: Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in Australia
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture will be presented online. The Lecture will be pre-recorded and posted online on 18 August. Then the following day a live Webinar Q&A with the Presenter is scheduled.
Presenter: Ms Pauline Wright, Law Council of Australia, President
Lecture Descriptor: Prison should not be a rite of passage for any child. Yet, in Australia, children as young as 10 can be imprisoned. This topic presents an overview of what has become a national tragedy in this country and why all levels of government – state, territory and federal – have been called upon to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to 14, bringing Australia into line with international human rights standards.
Online Lecture: To be posted online on Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Live Webinar Q&A: 4.30pm to 5.15pm (AWST) Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Registrations: Essential to receive online Lecture and Webinar Q&A access permissions
Register online: https://www.lawsocietywa.asn.au/swl-registration/
Registrations close: 4.30pm (AWST) Friday, 14 August 2020
Flyer: 2020 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture
Previous presenters include:
- Sir Ronald Wilson
- the Right Honourable Lord MacKay of Clashfern
- the Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen
- Professor Rod Morgan
- the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen
- Professor George Winterton
- the Hon Justice Michael Kirby
- the Hon Justice Alastair Nicholson
- the Hon Justice Jeremy Curthoys
- the Honourable Richard McGarvie
- Her Honour Justice Carmel McLure
- Father Frank Brennan AO
- Chief Judge Antoinette Kennedy
- Professor David Weisbrot
- the Honourable Justice Robert French (as he then was)
- Professor Greg Craven
- the Hon Justice Michael Barker
- the Hon Justice Michael Murray
- Adjunct Professor Dennis Eggington
- Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny
- Ms Tammy Solonec
- Winthrop Professor Stephen Smith
- Mr Greg McIntyre SC
- Ms Bronwyn Bell
- Mr Tim Macknay
The Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture is directed at Year 11-12 Politics and Law students and teachers, however the profession are also invited to this popular lecture. A mix of secondary students, law students, members of the general public and members of the legal profession (including the Judiciary) are often present at the lecture.
To download past lecture papers and videos please visit Education Resources.
Professional Development for Teachers and Other Professionals
The Law Society is committed to delivering professional learning opportunities that are meaningful and useful for teachers and other professionals. The Law Society aims to:
- present two professional learning events every year
- hold events that are interactive in nature and include contributions from various agencies
- the events will be full day or half-day workshops
Year 11-12 Politics and Law Teacher Professional Learning – On Demand Seminar Package
High Court of Australia: Three Contemporary Matters
A professional learning on demand seminar package for Year 11-12 Politics and Law teachers to access as many times as they like at their own convenience. The package is made up of three video presentations on three contemporary High Court of Australia matters. A PowerPoint executive summary is also provided for each presentation. Each presentation will address the following:
- Parties to the matter
- Issues disputed between the parties and other matters of relevance
- Timeline of the matter
- Grounds for appeal to the High Court
- Party submissions during the High Court hearing
- High Court judgement findings
- Matters raised resulting from the judgment
Hocking v Director-General of the National Archives of Australia – May 2020
This matter relates to the release of hundreds of letters between the Queen and former Governor General Sir John Kerr before the dismissal of the Whitlam government. Professor Jenny Hocking, a political historian, sought the release of those documents held by the National Archives of Australia.
Presenters: Mr Richard Douglas, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers and Ms Katja Levy, Barrister and Solicitor, Rossello Chambers
Smethurst & Anor v Commissioner of Police & Anor – April 2020
This matter raises freedom of the press issues in Australia resulting from an AFP raid on a journalist’s home.
Presenter: Ms Patricia Femia, Assistant State Counsel, State Solicitor’s Office
Comcare v Banerji – August 2019
This matter relates to a Federal Government public servant being terminated from her role for posting negative comments on Federal Govt policies and representatives on Twitter using a pseudonym.
Presenters: Ms Katja Levy, Barrister and Solicitor, Rossello Chambers and Mr Richard Douglas, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
Date (package posted online): Wednesday, 8 July 2020 – the package will be exclusively accessible to teachers that register and they will be able to access the package as many times as they like at their own convenience.
Cost: $165 GST inc
Registrations essential: Register and pay online at https://www.lawsocietywa.asn.au/pltpld-registration/