2013 ALA National Conference in Canberra this week
22nd Oct 2013
About 200 lawyers, politicians and academics from all over Australia are gathering at Rydges Lakeside Hotel in Canberra from Thursday until Saturday, this week, as part of the Australian Lawyers Alliance annual National Conference.
A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the 2013 Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Award on Thursday at 2pm. The award recognises one special individual who has gone beyond the call of duty to promote justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.
For the first time this year, the ALA will also be presenting the Emerging Lawyer of the Year Award. This will be given to one young lawyer who has shown outstanding professionalism either through outcomes for clients or in the area of social advocacy and law reform work.
High profile speakers at the conference include Senator Nick Xenophon, who will give the keynote address and Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC who will discuss the Law Reform Agenda and Legal Issues for the Commonwealth.
Also on the program is a presentation on Child Abuse cases and the Inquiry into Institutional responses to Child Abuse by Dr Andrew Morrison SC and Father Frank Brennan AO; a panel discussing the implications of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Injury Insurance Scheme - The Cloud Before the Silver Lining; and an annual case review.
UNSW Professor Andrew Lynch will discuss Beyond Sex on the High Court – What Diversity Means Now and UNSW Indigenous Law Centre Director, Megan Davis, will talk about Indigenous Peoples: Constitutional Reform.
A Media Session – Lawyers in the Court of Public Opinion will be featured by ACT journalist Crispin Hull; Medical Negligence – Intentional Harm by S&G’s National Group Manager, Bill Madden, is also on the program; as is The Patient Who Does Not Come Back; When Does it Stop Being the Doctor’s Problem with Queensland University Professor, Tina Cockburn.
The Conference promises to be a highlight of the legal calendar year and is being hosted in Canberra as part of its centenary birthday celebrations.