David Manne among dignitaries at ALA National Conference

22nd Oct 2012

David Manne, the lawyer who dashed federal government’s plans to process asylum seekers in Malaysia, is one of several dignitaries presenting at this year’s Australian Lawyers Alliance National Conference in Glenelg, South Australia this week.

Mr Manne, who has also been nominated for this year’s Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Award, recognising those who go beyond the call of duty to protect and promote justice, freedom and the rights of the Individual, will be discussing refugees and Australia’s obligations before a crowd of more than 150 lawyers and academics from Thursday to Saturday.

Lawyers from the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand will also be in attendance to discuss recent reforms in those countries in the area of personal injury law.

South Australian Supreme Court Justice, John Doyle AC QC, will be keynote speaker.

The conference at Glenelg’s Stamford Grand Hotel, will run from Thursday, October 25 until Saturday October 27, and also include presentations from Christopher Barry QC, Stephen Walsh QC, Barry Toomey QC, and Des Kennedy SC.

Subjects such as the institutional abuse of children, the planned roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, disability insurance as tort reform, bullying, medical evidence and ethics in an online environment will also be covered in presentations.

Other sessions include: one on Stronger Futures intervention legislation; a panel session on pro bono work from social justice lawyers John Corker, Elizabeth O’Shea and George Newhouse; and a session on refugee claims from the lawyer made famous for her work with the wrongly detained Cornelia Rau, Claire O’Connor.

Tags: South Australia Civil Justice Award