President’s Report – April
LAW SUMMER SCHOOL
Thank you to all Law Society members who were in attendance at the University Club on Friday, 26 February for Law Summer School 2016. The Law Society was thrilled to welcome an exciting array of prestigious local, national and international thought leaders, including Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Professor Richard Susskind OBE, one of the world’s leading legal futurists.
Delegates learned a great deal throughout a day of insightful discussion on the theme of Technology and the law: looking into the future. Law Summer School has become the pre-eminent legal education conference in Western Australia and it was a pleasure to both provide the welcome and to end the day by chairing a fascinating and lively panel discussion on The legal profession in Western Australia – the next 20 years.
This last session was to replace a presentation on science and the law due to be given by Professor Richard Dawkins. Unfortunately he suffered a minor stroke shortly before the event. However, you have not missed out. Professor Dawkins is recovering well and will renew his arrangements with the Law Society soon. Considered one of the world’s leading thinkers, we look forward to bringing him to Perth to speak.
I would like to express my thanks to the Law Summer School Organising sub-Committee, as well as our sponsors:
- Keynote plenary sponsor – Thomson Reuters;
- Closing plenary sponsor – Marsh;
- Tea Break sponsor – Leap; and
- Lanyard sponsor – Unisearch Expert Opinion Services.
Special thanks for course to the Law Summer School Committee and the Law Society’s Programmes team for all of their efforts. You can read a full review of Law Summer School in this edition of Brief.
PLEDGE FOR PARITY LUNCH FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
I was delighted to chair the Law Society’s Pledge for Parity Lunch for International Women’s Day, which took place on Thursday, 3 March at the Parmelia Hilton hotel in Perth. It was my pleasure to introduce the following two speakers.
Dr Ros Worthington OAM, who has been the driving force behind several Western Australian charities, gave a very passionate and inspirational call to action on the power of giving and kindness.
The Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC provided a stimulating address on the current state of gender parity in our State’s judicial structure and elaborated on the experiences of women who come into contact with our legal system.
It was wonderful to be able to provide the chance for attendees to ask questions of our speakers. Attendees certainly took full advantage of the opportunity, with some very probing and interesting queries.
I was also pleased to receive, on behalf of the Law Society, the Women Lawyers of Western Australia Historical Women in the Legal Profession Photograph, which will be displayed in the offices of the Law Society. Thank you also to sponsor KBE Human Capital for their ongoing support.
The Pledge for Parity Lunch for International Women’s Day was a wonderful occasion and a great reminder that we can all be champions of change in pursuit of equality. You will find a comprehensive review of the event, as well as copies of the Chief Justice’s discussion and of my speech, in this edition of Brief.
LAW WEEK 2016
The month of May is now on the horizon, which also means that Law Week is once again fast approaching. This year, Law Week runs from Monday, 16 May to Friday, 20 May.
Every year, Law Week showcases the vital role that the law plays in our community, through a wide range of events, some of which are organised by the Law Society and others that are presented by partner organisations. It provides a platform to engage the community and the legal profession in an open dialogue, with the objective of building a shared understanding of the law.
I encourage you to save the following dates in your diary:
- Law Week Breakfast – Monday, 16 May 2016 at Parmelia Hilton; and
- Law Week Cocktail Evening and Lawyer of the Year Awards – Thursday, 19 May 2016 at Bankwest.
Law Week 2016 is presented by the Law Society in partnership with the Public Purposes Trust. More information about Law Week activities will be available in the coming weeks. Visit the Law Society’s website to find out more.
LAWYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Time is running out to nominate a colleague for the Law Society’s Lawyer of the Year Awards. The Lawyer of the Year Awards provide an opportunity to recognise the work of practitioners who continually go ‘above and beyond’.
Do you know someone who could be Lawyer of the Year? Law Society members are invited to nominate a worthy recipient in the categories of Lawyer of the Year (more than 5 years’ experience) and Lawyer of the Year (less than 5 years’ experience).
The winners will be announced at the Law Week Cocktail evening on Thursday, 19 May 2016. Nominees must meet the following 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; and
- The nominee does not need to be a Law Society member but they must give their consent and have been practising in Western Australia.
Nominations for the Law Society’s Lawyer of the Year Awards close on Friday, 22 April 2016. Please visit the Law Society’s website to complete a nomination form.
As requested by many members, I have continued discussions with the Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC in relation to the new security procedures. I will provide a full report in the next edition of Brief.
CONGRATULATIONS TO WLWA AWARD RECIPIENTS
I attended the Women Lawyers of WA Honours Dinner on Friday, 11 March 2016. It was, as always, a very warm and collegial event. I congratulate the following award recipients, announced at the Honours Dinner:
- Teresa Farmer – Woman Lawyer of the Year
- Rebecca Lee – Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year
- Courtney Furner – Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year
Rebecca Lee is a member of the Law Society’s Council and the new Convenor of the Joint Law Society/WLWA Committee and Courtney Furner is Deputy Convenor of the Young Lawyers Committee.