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Law Week FOMO? We’ve got you covered

Law Week FOMO? We’ve got you covered

It’s the one week of the year when lawyers can freely boast to acquaintances at dinner parties what it is they do, so enjoy it while it lasts. Here’s our list of the best law events across the country for Law Week 2017.

This year Law Week lands on the dates 15 to 21 May and everybody’s invited!

Lawyers Weekly has compiled a list of some of the standout events in every capital city for all the legal eagles wanting to soak in the spirit of Law Week 2017.

Don’t forget the  hashtag to take your digital audience along for the ride. 


Monday 15 May

Melbourne – Follow the hypothetical footsteps of young offender, Michael, for an in-depth look at how the law and society respond to some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

Four big names constitute an expert panel for this event, with Children’s Court president Justice Amanda Chambers; Commission for Children and Young People Liana Buchanan; police prosecutor Sherril Handley; and Anglicare CEO Paul McDonald.

The Sentencing Advisory Council will run its hypothetical at the State Library of Victoria from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Tuesday 16 May

Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville – Fancy a stroll followed by breaky? It’s for a great cause.

Lace up those joggers and put on your activewear, Queensland is bracing for its annual walk for justice parade.

Lawyers will meet in six different locations across Queensland, starting at 7am sharp Tuesday morning to raise funds for LawRight (formerly known as QPILCH).

The fundraising target for this year’s walk is $200,000. Every registered participant is being asked to raise or donate a minimum of $200 to directly help the most disadvantaged.

Perth – Throw your smarts into the trivia ring to support Perth CLC Street Law Centre WA (Inc). A fun evening in the name of justice, this event is intended to appeal to the more competitive legal minds.

Those serious about winning should brush up on their popular culture and everyday law references before showing up at the door.

This is no ordinary quiz – questions will involve some interesting anecdotal and “entertaining aspects” of the law. At least, that’s what it says on the can.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the Subiaco Sports Bar of Domain Stadium. The quiz night will run from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Wednesday 17 May

Canberra – Back at the private bar after his stint as Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson SC will be in the nation’s capital for Law Week to headline the annual Blackburn Lecture. Mr Gleeson will speak on the topic of ‘Law, morality and the public trust’.

Held each year by the Australian National University, the lecture series was established in honour of the very first ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice, the late Sir Richard Blackburn OBE.

Register to be part of the audience and hear from one of Australia’s leading constitutional law and international law experts.

The talk will be held from 12.30pm in ANU’s Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research on Garran Road.

Thursday 18 May

Darwin – Hear from our retired HCA Chief Justice Robert French AC at the ‘NT Law Week Lunch’.

Online registrations for this two-course meal event have now closed but the NT Law Society may be able to squeeze you in if you call 08 8981 5104.

The lunch will run from noon-3pm (Darwin time) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade.

Friday 19 May

Sydney – Ditch your morning power coffee with the office clique and bring everyone along to the annual Golden Gavel gabfest instead. It’s like the Archibald Prize, but more colourful and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Chuckle, cheer and cast a live vote for the People’s Choice Award at this funny-person breakfast show.

NSW Young Lawyers are hosting this year’s epic orations at The Westin Sydney from 7.30pm to 9.30am.

Adelaide – SA lawyers unite! These boots were made for walking and walk they will, starting from the forecourt at the University of Adelaide Law School, through the botanic gardens and along the Torrens River.

The endpoint of the five-kilometre march offers a special breakfast for those walkers who follow the path to justice, all the way to the very end.

Both in celebration of the legal profession’s commitment to access to justice and to raise funds for JusticeNet SA, proceeds of Walk for Justice 2017 will go to people experiencing poverty, disability, risk of homelessness, refugees and unrepresented litigants in court.

Start your Friday with an early rise. Walkers leave the university forecourt at 7.30am.

Hobart – The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation has landed in Tassie and received the endorsement of State Governor Professor Kate Warner AC.

This Friday evening, head down to Government House at 5.45pm for David Porter QC’s talk ‘A career in conflict’.

The acting Supreme Court judge and University of Tasmania adjunct professor will share the lessons he’s learnt over several decades in practise and talk about why more firms must adopt the TJMF best practice guidelines.

You can read more about the young lawyer that brought TJMF’s message to Tasmania here.

Sunday 21 May

Melbourne – Those good’uns at BottledSnail Productions will present the first Habeas Chorus concert for 2017 on Sunday.

Teaming up with one of Melbourne’s leading vocal ensembles, The Consort of Melbourne, enjoy the sweet sounds Habeas Chorus singing what has been dubbed “a mass for the modern age” in Dan Walker's celebrated Mass of Deliverance. The group will also showcase Australian film composer Christopher Gordon's ‘Peace on Earth’ and some shorter works by The Consort of Melbourne.

Tickets for the moving afternoon of music are being sold for $35 a pop, with free entry for children 8 and under. The event will be held at the Collingwood Town Hall from 5pm.

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