Law Week Events

Law Week Events

Law Week Returns in 2020 with Online Events

The Law Society believes that now, more than ever, people need access to vital information about their legal rights and responsibilities. Despite these uncertain times, the legal profession and community will again come together to celebrate Law Week. This year, we celebrate Law Week in new, creative ways, by connecting and communicating in online environments.

We will be running a few key initiatives that will deliver on the Law Week theme focusing on Law and Justice in the Community and our Lawyers Make a Difference campaign. Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate, learn and connect with others in this important week for the legal profession.

We also invite and encourage you to continue to hold your community events online or virtually to help bring the community and legal profession together. Now is the perfect time to help our community with access to justice and assisting to provide free information, resources and support.

Register your event or send your enquiry by contacting the Law Society’s Membership Team on (08) 9324 8692 or

Featured Law Week Events 18 to 22 May 2020

Corruption & Crime Commission – Mock Examination
Time Available throughout Law Week
Where Youtube
Description One way we investigate corruption is by conducting examinations, usually in private and shrouded in secrecy.

For Law Week 2020, see first-hand in our mock examination what any Commission examination might involve – hard hitting questions, surveillance footage, telephone intercepts, red faced witnesses and the ultimate uncovering of the truth!

View online
Law Access Walk for Justice
Time 7.30am
Where Vitual Event Delivered Online
Description Social isolation has meant that this year’s annual Walk for Justice fundraiser is now wholly virtual.

Register for this free event on National Pro bono Day Tuesday 19 May at:

All registered participants and donors will receive our event Podcast and our Event Ambassador’s Playlist as well as recipes and a cooking demonstration video from Annalakshmi to help make their own delicious South Indian Breakfast!

Below are a few steps to follow on the day:

  1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (Law Access).
  2. At 7.30 am the walk starts with a short video of Chief Justice Quinlan opening the event.
  3. Start walking! Do a 4.4 km walk at home or around your neighborhood.
  4. While you walk tune in to our podcast (details to be released soon!) and follow up by listening to our special Event Ambassador’s playlist.

We also have a Facebook event page:

Curtin Law School Clinics Showcase
Time Two Sessions,
1pm to 2pm and
2pm to 3pm
Where Online Forum delivered by Curtin Law School

Students from the John Curtin Law Clinic and Curtin Tax Clinic together with Rosaline Tan, Principal Lawyer, Annette Morgan, Director and Donovan Castelyn, Clinic Supervisor, will provide an overview of the workings of the Curtin Law School Clinics.  We will share information on the types of matters on which we advise, how we assist clients and how to make an application or referral.

Access to Justice in 2020
Time 1pm to 2pm
Where Special Law Week Online Forum Hosted by Business News
Description Join the Law Society and our distinguished panel for a discussion on the challenges facing the administration of justice in 2020. The forum includes perspectives from Parliament, the Courts and practitioners on responses to COVID-19, and other priorities for this year and the future.

Exclusive insights from:
The Hon Peter Quinlan, Chief Justice of Western Australia;
Nicholas van Hattem, President of the Law Society of Western Australia;
Clare Mould, Senior Associate and Pro Bono Co-ordinator Corrs Perth;
Corina Martin, CEO, Aboriginal Family Legal Services;
Sharryn Jackson, Executive Director, Community Legal WA;
Shayla Strapps, CEO, Mental Health Law Centre

Registration is free. Delegates may submit questions for the panel by registering today.

Register Book online now
Law Week Special CPD Day for Rural Regional and Remote Legal Practitioners
Time 9am to 2.45pm
Where At Your Desk Delivered Online
Description The Law Society is pleased to host our annual Law Week Special CPD Day for Rural Regional and Remote Legal Practitioners.  Spend the day connecting with colleagues from far and wide with a CPD programme that is tailored to meet country practitioners’ needs.

  • Four CPD Points
  • Includes Law Mutual (WA) Risk Management training
  • Country Members of the Law Society attend at no cost

To register your expression of interest, please email

Cost Country Members: $0, Country Non-Members: $150

With thanks to Law Week supporters and sponsors

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

Law Week 2019 (Monday, 13 May to Friday, 17 May) brought the legal profession and public together with a focus on law and justice in the community. Over 40 Law Week events were held across Western Australia, including in regional areas such as Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Albany and Bunbury.

The Law Society’s new #LawyersMakeADifference campaign was launched during Law Week, aiming to communicate with the wider public, break down stereotypes and tell powerful, positive stories of real lawyers and their important work in the community. You can continue to follow the campaign on the Law Society’s FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Use #LawyersMakeaDifference on social media to share your own examples of ways lawyers are making a difference in your community.

Click here to access the PDF version of last year’s Law Week 2019 programme, to check out some of the events that took place during Law Week.

Lawyer of the Year Awards

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2020 Lawyer of the Year Awards – Postponed

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.

The Law Society normally invites members to submit entries to the Lawyer of Year Awards in the first quarter of year, with the nominations and winners being announced at the Law Week Awards Night on the Friday of Law Week each year.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lawyer of the Year Awards and the Law Week Awards Night have been postponed to a later date. We will advise the new date and open nominations when possible. If you have any questions, please contact

Previous Award Recipients

Practitioner with more than five years’ experience

2019 – Dr Carolyn Tan

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

2019 – Kelsi Forrest

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


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.