Victoria’s Judge O’Neill to speak at annual law conference

11th May 2015

Victorian Judge in Charge of the Common Law Division of the County Court, His Honour Chris O’Neill, and former National Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Graeme Innes AM will head a high-powered list of speakers at the upcoming Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) annual State Conference, commencing on Friday 15 May 2015 at 8.30am.

For the first time, the Conference will be held at The Pier on the stunning Geelong waterfront. The location is fitting, given the importance of Geelong to the development of personal injury compensation and disability support in this state.

The event will examine legal issues ranging from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) (based in Geelong) through to Workcover and human rights in the Australian justice system.

ALA Victorian President Emily Anderson said the Victorian State Conference would see a collective brains trust of nearly 200 Victorian lawyers, barristers and other legal professionals attending the event.

Ms Anderson said the packed program demonstrated the commitment of the ALA to the development of justice and human rights in Victoria.

“This year the ALA Victorian State Conference will focus on fundamental issues which will give compensation lawyers across Victoria the edge in their practice,” Ms Anderson said.

“We are delighted to welcome speakers as auspicious as His Honour Judge Chris O’Neill of the County Court; and Australia’s Former National Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Graeme Innes AM.”

“Challenging issues such as disability support and human rights protections in the Australian justice system will be up for debate,” Ms Anderson said.

Ms Anderson said that Judge in Charge of the Common Law Division of the County Court, His Honour Judge O’Neill, would cover Present and Proposed Practices and Protocols in The Common Law Division.

Other conference highlights will include:

Current Trends in WorkCover and Issues in the Magistrates’ Court: Craig Sidebottom, Victorian Bar and Shaun Marcus, Partner, Ryan Carlisle Thomas
NDIS – The Vision and The Challenge: Alan Woodroffe, Director, Operations Implementation at NDIS
Using Skills To Turn Disability Rights Into Ability Realities: Dr Graeme Innes AM, Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Human Rights of Indonesians in the Australian Justice System: Greg Phelps, Senior Associate, Ward Keller Lawyers (NT) and Emily Mitchell, Legal & Policy Officer, Australian Lawyers Alliance

The conference attracts up to 8 CLE/CPD points and is attended by legal professionals committed to the organisation’s ideals.

The full conference program can be found here.

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