Social justice concerns on the agenda at ALA National Conference

3rd Oct 2018

Almost 200 personal injury and criminal lawyers, academics and other professionals will meet in Melbourne on 18 October for the two-day Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) National Conference.

“I am very excited about this year’s conference program,” said ALA National President, Noor Blumer. “It covers a wide range of issues – some that will be immediately useful in our day-to-day practice and others that will broaden our thinking on critical social justice concerns.”

Ron Merkel QC is the conference keynote speaker and he will be discussing litigation as a tool for change.

“Ron Merkel QC is an outstanding example of how we can use our legal skills to contribute to and improve society,” said Noor.

“Several topical key social justice issues will be addressed at the conference including the implementation of the NDIS, police accountability, next steps for a human rights charter, elder abuse and the legal struggles facing asylum seekers.

“The conference program also features a panel discussion on the National Redress Scheme developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  With experts - Dr Andrew Morrison RFD SC, Angela Sdrinis, Luke Geary and Michelle James - discussing the issue we are all sure to learn a lot about this important issue.”

The annual ALA Civil Justice Award will be presented at the conference. Past winners of this award include the lawyers who sought justice for the victims of the Montara oil spill, Freya Mulvey and Thomas Neal, and an organisation that provides assistance to people who were victims of institutional child sexual abuse - knowmore legal service.

Registrations for the conference are still open. Details and registration information can be found here: