NSW Judge Sidis to speak at annual law conference

24th Mar 2015

New South Wales the Hon. Judge Margaret Sidis, District Court of NSW (Ret), will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) annual New South Wales State Conference.

The two-day conference is being held at the Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains, from Friday 27 March from 8.30am and will examine legal issues ranging from the National Disability Insurance Scheme through to law reform and the long term effects of sexual and physical abuse on victims.

ALA NSW President Jnana Gumbert said the NSW State Conference would be an outstanding networking opportunity more than 100 local lawyers and other legal professionals already registered to attend.

Ms Gumbert said that this year’s conference had a packed program, demonstrating the commitment that ALA’s NSW branch had to the professional development of the local legal community.

“This year the Australian Lawyers Alliance’s New South Wales State Conference will concentrate on the core issues which will give personal injury and compensation lawyers across New South Wales the edge in their practice,” Ms Gumbert said.

“Having a keynote speaker as respected as NSW District Court Judge the Hon. Margaret Sidis is a great testament to the quality of the content that attendees will hear on the day.”

“With the conference being held in the midst of an important state election, issues such as the future of the workers compensation scheme in New South Wales will certainly be up for discussion,” Ms Gumbert said.

Ms Gumbert said that Judge Sidis’ Keynote Address would cover the topic Do Lawyers Have Rights?

Other conference highlights will include:

  • Sexual Abuse:  A Horror Story Unfolding; Associate Professor Jonathan Phillips AM, Psychiatrist
  • Lawyers and Their Role in Law Reform; Professor Simon Rice OAM, Director, Law Reform & Social Justice, ANU College of Law
  • The Role and Function of The WIRO; Kim Garling, WorkCover Independent Review Office
  • Assessing The Spectrum of Traumatic Brain Injury - A Comparison of AMA 4 and AMA 5; Assoc. Prof. Michael Fearnside AM, Neurosurgeon
  • Evidence-based Medicine for Lawyers: What's The Evidence?; Dr Geoffrey Boyce, Neurologist
  • Lifetime Care Schemes - The LTCS and The NIIS; Andrew Stone, Barrister, Sir James Martin Chambers

The conference attracts up to 8 CLE/CPD points and is attended by plaintiff and defendant lawyers as well as representatives of the various regulators and insurers.

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

The full conference program can be found here.

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