David Hicks' lawyer to speak at ALA's Victorian Conference

13th May 2013

Lawyer, Michael ‘Dan’ Mori, who represented David Hicks against charges of being an enemy combatant of the United States, will speak at The Australian Lawyers Alliance Victorian Conference in Lorne this weekend.

Mr Mori will present Reflections on the War on Terror: the Mainstreaming of Executive Directed Killings or How I Learned to Love the Drone as part of the ALA’s annual two-day conference at the Mantra Erskine on the Beach on Friday and Saturday.

Also appearing before the conference will be keynote speaker Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC who will discuss the Royal Commission into Institutional Abuse and Tim Tobin SC who will talk about litigation surrounding the Victorian bushfires.

Victorian County Court Judge Philip Misso will also give his account of what it is like to be a judge running a busy civil list before other sessions that include:

An Annual Case Review from lawyers Maria Pilipasidis and Craig Sidebottom; Psychiatric Injury in the Workplace with Maurice Blackburn senior associate, Emily Anderson; a Comparison of Statutory Benefits and Common Law Damages by actuary, David Heath; and WorkCover, TAC and Medical Cover panel updates from a range of legal specialists.

This year’s Civil Justice Award recipient is thalidomide survivor, Lynette Rowe who, together with her parents, is said to have struck a major milestone for thalidomide victims around the world having reached agreement in the Victorian Supreme Court in July last year for her lifetime care and support to be fully covered. This will pave the way for others to make similar multi-million dollar claims against Diageo, who distributed the drug in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. Grunenthal, the German pharmaceutical company which manufactured thalidomide, has not yet agreed to any settlement in response to Ms Rowe’s concurrent claim against it.

Ms Rowe was born without arms and legs as a result of her mother taking the drug for nausea during pregnancy.

More than 170 lawyers and academics will attend the conference.

Tags: Victoria Civil Justice Award