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!

Save the Date

Details on more Law Week 2019 events coming soon
Monday, 13 May 2019

Law Week Breakfast with Keynote Speaker The Hon Melissa Parke
and the 2019 Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards
Parmelia Hilton Perth

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Law Access Walk for Justice
CPD foreshore at Barrack Square, Elizabeth Quay

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Intellectual Property 101 – What you need to know
about protecting your Intellectual Property
Presentation at the Law Society’s offices

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Law Week Panel Discussion Presentation
hosted by the Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee
Central Park Theatrette

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The Life and Music of Dom Resendo Salvado
Old Court House Law Museum, Perth

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Social Justice Career Opportunities Evening
Parmelia Hilton Perth

Friday, 17 May 2019

Law Week Special CPD Day for Rural, Regional and
Remote Legal Practitioners
Parmelia Hilton Perth

Friday, 17 May 2019

2019 Lawyer of the Year Awards Night
The Westin, Perth

With thanks to Law Week supporters and sponsors
Public Purposes Trust
Murdoch University
Bankwest

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.

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

Nominate a person for Lawyer of the Year by completing the online form below:

Or complete the PDF nomination form

Lawyer of the Year Awards Nomination

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  • Nominee details

  • Description of the nominee's noteworthy contributions to the Western Australian legal profession, over and above what might be reasonably expected through paid legal employment.
  • Nominee acceptance

  • Please ensure the nominee is aware that they have been nominated
  • Nominator details

    You must be a Law Society member to nominate for the WA Lawyer of the Year awards
  • Eligibility criteria

  • A person may be nominated for the above awards provided the criteria outlined below are satisfied.
    1. The nominee has made a contribution over and above what might be reasonably expected through paid legal employment.
    2. The nominee has made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the Western Australian legal profession.
    3. The person is an outstanding example to the legal profession.

    PRIVACY STATEMENT: Please note that information you provide will be collected for the purposes of processing your entry.
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    (i.e. CV or biography)

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

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.

Get Involved

Get Involved

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.