ALA VIC Conference returns to Torquay

16th May 2014

The annual Australian Lawyers Alliance VIC State Conference returns to Torquay in 2014 on Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17 at Peppers the Sands Resort.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance’s highly regarded Victorian Civil Justice Award 2014 will this year be awarded to the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, in recognition of its outstanding work in representing a young Victorian woman who was subjected to police brutality, all the way to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Sophie Ellis, of Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, in accepting the award, will speak about the case, in which a 21 year old woman was brutally bashed by police at her own home.

Julian Burnside AO QC, pre-eminent refugee and human rights advocate, will deliver the much-anticipated keynote address on asylum seeker policy in Australia.

Judge Robert Dyer and Magistrate Simon Garnett will provide insight into current trends in litigation before the County and Magistrates’ Courts

Recent legal changes to the rights of Victorians injured on the roads, which were rushed through without consultation, will be examined by ALA National President, Geraldine Collins, in a panel discussion.

Changes to the law regarding workers injured in Victoria will also be on the program. However, extensive stakeholder consultation ensured that the WorkCover legislative review did not result in curtailment of benefits and rights.

This year’s program will include comprehensive briefings on these developments, as well as sessions on important recent case law, Law Aid and the current status of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  ALA National President-Elect Andrew Stone of the NSW Bar also returns by popular demand to present his thought-provoking and entertaining hypothetical ethics session.

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