Law Week Events

Law Week Events

Law Week 2021

Every year, Law Week brings the community and legal profession together to build a shared understanding of the law. This year’s Law Week (17 to 21 May 2021) recognised the significant contributions to the community made by the profession with a week-long programme of events which was highlighted by:

Law Week Breakfast and the Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards

The Law Society was delighted to host the President of the Law Council of Australia, Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, who travelled to Perth especially to deliver the keynote address, “The Call for Change – Law, Culture, Diversity, Voice”. It was an energising morning, with over 180 members of the profession coming together to acknowledge the importance of access to justice for all and to celebrate lawyers making a difference in the community.

Law Week Cocktail Party and Lawyer of the Year Awards

Law Week concluded with the Law Week Cocktail Party and the announcement of the 2021 Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Congratulations to Kendra Turner (recipient of the less than five years’ experience award) and Peter Le (recipient of the more than five years’ experience award). The evening was a wonderful celebration and culmination of the week.

Many other valuable events for the profession and the community were held across the week:

  • The Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee hosted a special screening of In My Blood it Runs, in recognition of the important work of Aboriginal legal centres.
  • The Law Access Walk for Justice saw 424 participants and raised $118,910 for Law Access Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Law Society.
  • The Law Week Panel Discussion: The women should have a voice – the future of women’s social justice in WA, reflected on the legacy of Edith Cowan and the work that still remains.
  • Our annual CPD Day for Country Practitioners provided an opportunity for those working in the regions to share collegiality and support, and to learn from each other through tailored Continuing Professional Development initiatives.

Download Law Week 2021 ProgrammeClick here to view the 2021 dynamic Law Week programme
that brought the legal profession and community together.

Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards

The Law Society was delighted to once again host the Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards at the Law Week Breakfast event, celebrating outstanding lawyers making a difference to community. Attorney General John Quigley presented the following three winners with their awards:

  • Veteran family lawyer Jon Redman won the Individual Award in honour of a long history of pro bono work dating back to 1982, when he helped establish the Sussex Street Community Law Service.
  • The Not-For-Profit Award went to the Pilbara Community Legal Service, which assists people across the region from the main population centres to remote communities.
  • MinterEllison received the Legal Firm Award for its work with a range of community service providers and not-for-profit organisations, contributing thousands of pro bono hours.

With thanks to our Law Week sponsor:

PPT

With thanks to our Supporting Event Sponsors

 Lawyer of the Year Award Sponsor

(more than 5 years’ experience) 

Lawyer of the Year Award Sponsor

(less than 5 years’ experience)

Sponsor of the 2021 Attorney General’s

Community Service Law Awards

With thanks to our Community Events sponsor:
Lawyer of the Year Awards

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2021 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.

Congratulations to the winners of the Law Society’s Lawyer of the Year Awards:

  • Peter Le (more than five years’ experience); and
  • Kendra Turner (less than five years’ experience).

    Thank you to our sponsors

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

Sponsor: Lawyer of the Year Award
(less than 5 years’ experience

Previous Award Recipients

Practitioner with more than five years’ experience

2020 – Lucy Dickens

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

2020 – Heidi Gan and Hamish Glenister

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

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 | Monday, 17 May to Friday, 21 May 2021

Be part of Law Week and arrange for your firm or organisation to hold a Law Week event or seminar. Register your event at our website by Monday, 19 April 2021 for the opportunity to be included in the Law Society’s Law Week programme and have your event promoted widely to the profession and community. For more information, please call the Society’s Membership Team on (08) 9324 8692.

Register your Law Week event by completing the form below for the opportunity to be included in the Law Society’s Law Week programme.