Lawyers to pack out Gold Coast’s Sheraton for annual ALA conference

12th Feb 2013

More than 350 lawyers and legal academics will fill the main conference room of the Sheraton Mirage Hotel, this weekend, as part of the annual Australian Lawyers Alliance two-day Queensland Conference.

Dignitaries presenting at the Friday/Saturday conference include keynote speaker and Federal Court of Australia judge, Hon Chief Justice, Pat Keane, who will discuss “Perspectives on Advocacy” and a barrister who appeared in major Constitutional High Court cases such as Mabo, Dams and Chan, Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC, who will discuss “The Scope and Challenges of the Royal Commission into the Abuse of Children”, at the conference.

Also jointly presenting on “What the NFL and Car Crashes Have in Common” will be neurosurgeon, Dr Scott Campbell, and a barrister who represented relatives of Palm Island’s Cameron Doomadgee and the Townsville Blackhawk helicopter disaster, Gerard Mullins.

Other sessions include: an update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and National Injury Insurance Scheme; fraud, disclosure and the liability of police officers; a 2013 cases and legislation review; the role of alcohol and drugs in personal injury; and managing compensation funds post-NDIS.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Award will be presented on Friday. The award recognises those who go beyond the call of duty to protect and promote justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.

ALA Queensland President, Adam Tayler, said the number of people attending the conference was indicative of a quality program and that the annual Queensland Conference was an important event when lawyers and academics from different regions in Queensland, as well as other Australian jurisdictions, had an opportunity to exchange ideas.

“This is an important part of ensuring Australian law and policy is monitored and reviewed and allows those working in similar areas of the law to exchange ideas,” Mr Tayler said.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance is a national, non-profit association that promotes justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.

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