Law Week 2017
The Law Society of Western Australia is pleased to present its annual Law Week which will, in 2017, run from 15 to 19 May. This celebration of law and justice includes a diverse range of events both for the community and legal profession offered by the Law Society, law firms, community legal centres and other organisations across the State.
“Law Week is a great opportunity for the community to learn about the law and their rights,” said Law Society President Alain Musikanth. “From a single ‘Law Day’ back in 1983, Law Week has expanded into an extensive programme of events and information sessions for the community and the legal profession.”
“Free legal advice sessions for the public, offered by law firms and community legal centres, make up a significant portion of the Law Week programme,” Mr Musikanth said. “There are community events taking place throughout the week and across the State – including in Perth, Fremantle, Mandurah, Albany, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.”
Law Week 2017 looks to the future of the legal profession at the Law Week Breakfast on Monday, 15 May. The Breakfast will include a keynote presentation by Katie Miller, 2015 President of the Law Institute of Victoria and current Executive Director, Legal Practice at Victoria Legal Aid, 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 Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Honourable Wayne Martin AC. The Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards will also be presented at the Breakfast.
On Tuesday, 16 May (National Pro Bono Day), lawyers will ‘Walk for Justice’ along the Perth foreshore to raise funds for Law Access Limited, an organisation dedicated to helping those in need of legal assistance on a pro bono basis.
On Wednesday, 17 May, the Law Society will host an information session for the community on Enduring Powers of Attorney during which lawyers will explain this important area of the law and why it is crucial to appoint a capable and trustworthy attorney.
On Thursday, 18 May, the Law Week Awards Night at Bankwest Place will recognise winners of the 2017 Lawyer of the Year Awards.
The full Law Week programme may be found at lawsocietywa.asn.au/law-week.
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