7th National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference 2019
Access to Justice: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers
Presented by the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Pro Bono Centre, the 7th National Access to Justice & Pro Bono Conference will be held in Canberra on 13-15 March 2019.
Join legal professionals, judges, government law officers, academics and students from across Australia and overseas to discuss critical and current access to justice issues facing Australians.
High calibre speakers from Australia and abroad will bring a range of perspectives on access to justice and pro bono matters.
Held over two days, the program aims to create a dialogue about the various challenges and opportunities in enhancing access to legal services and pro bono work.
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Early bird prices close 15 February 2019.
|Early bird - Standard 2-day||$750.00|
|Early bird - Standard 1-day||$375.00|
|Early bird - Concession 2-day*||$400.00|
|Early bird - Concession 1-day*||$350.00|
|Early bird - Student 2 Day||$200.00|
Purchase tickets here.
Confirmed speakers and chairs for this event are not required to register.
Standard prices close 8 March 2019.
|Student 2 Day||$225.00|
|Dinner**||$90.00 (with beverages at own cost)|
*Concession tickets are available to staff of Legal Aid Commissions, Community Legal Centres, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and other Not-for-profit organisations.
**Please note that Conference Dinner tickets are not included in the price of the Conference tickets and must be purchased separately.
The purchase of any ticket entitles you to attend the Welcome Drinks event free of charge.
A full refund will be provided where written notification (by email) is received at least 7 days prior to the event. Refunds are not provided for any cancellation received after this time or for non-attendance on the day. Substitutions may be made at any time.
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Program (subject to confirmation)
View draft program here.
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
|Welcome Reception||5.30pm - 7.30pm||Drinks||The Hon Gordon Ramsay MLA, Attorney-General (ACT)|
Day 1 - Thursday, 14 March 2019
|Welcome to Country||9.00-9.10||Plenary||Aunty Jannette Phillips|
|Welcome||9.10-9.15||Plenary||Mark Woods, Chair, Law Council Access to Justice Committee
John Corker, CEO, Australian Pro Bono Centre
|1||Opening Address||9.15-9.50||Plenary||Arthur Moses SC, President, Law Council of Australia
Introduced by Hon Chief Justice Helen Murrell, Supreme Court of the ACT
|2||A Report from the DC Affordable Law Firm||9.50-10.00||Ignite||Amy Burton, Senior Associate, Salvos Legal|
|3||Pursuing The Justice Project||10.00-11.00||Plenary||Moderator: Arthur Moses SC, President, Law Council of Australia
Dr John Boersig, CEO of Legal Aid ACT, and Chair of National Legal Aid
Nassim Arrage, National Association of Community Legal Centres
Cheryl Axleby, Chair, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
Antoinette Braybrook, National Convenor, National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services and CEO, Dijirra
|4||Human Rights and
Advocacy for Victims of Crime
|11.30-12.30||Stream 1||Chair: Distinguished Professor Richard Refshauge, former Justice of the Supreme Court of the ACT
Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, President and Human Rights Commissioner, ACT Human Rights Commission
Heidi Yates, ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner
Mahashini Krishna, NSW Commissioner for Victims Rights
Sandra Elhelw Wright, Women's Chair of Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia
|5||Elder Abuse||11.30-12.30||Stream 2||Chair: Chris Donohue, President, ACT Law Society
Cybele Koning, Team Leader and Coordinating Lawyer of the Family and Elder Law Program, Caxton Legal Centre
Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner
The Hon Gordon Ramsay MLA, Attorney-General (ACT)
|6||How do Government
Lawyers do Pro Bono Legal Work?
|11.30-12.30||Stream 3 (Pro Bono)||Chair: Elizabeth Carroll, Chief Legal Counsel, IP Australia and Chair, Australian Government Legal Network and Vice President, ACT Law Society
Peter Cain, Manager, Objections & Appeals, ACT Revenue Management; and Chair, Government Law Committee, and Vice President, ACT Law Society
John Corker, CEO, Australian Pro Bono Centre
Georgina McKay, Assistant Director, Legal, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Geetha Nair, National Pro Bono Manager, Australian Government Solicitor
|7||Who's Afraid of Advocacy? Meeting the Challenges of Making Change||11.30-12.30||Stream 4||Chair: Ed Santow, Human Rights Commissioner
Jonathon Hunyor, CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre
David Morris, CEO, NSW Environmental Defenders Office
A representative from the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Tim Bryant, Clerk Assistant (Committees), Department of the Senate
|8||Self-Represented Litigants||1.30-2.30||Stream 1||Chair: Denis Farrar, Consultant, Farrar Gesini Dunn
Mark Le Poer Trench, former Justice of the Family Court of Australia
Tina Turner, Head of Court Programs, Justice Connect
Ben Tuckett, Senior Lawyer, Self Representation Service, LawRight
|9||Divorce and Religion: Cross-Cultural Complications in the Interaction Between Civil and Religious Law Principles||1.30-2.30||Stream 2||Chair: Gerald Santucci, Director, Sneddon, Hall & Gallop
Andrew Strum QC, Victorian Bar
Professor Tim Lindsey AO, Director, Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, University of Melbourne
Fr Julian Wellspring, Judicial Vicar, Interdiocesan Tribunal of Sydney, Catholic Province of NSW and ACT
|10||What is Best Practice in Working with Law Firms in Public Interest Litigation||1.30-2.30||Stream 3 (Pro Bono)||Moderator: Sarah Morton-Ramwell, Partner, Global Head of Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility, Ashurst
Nicky Friedman, Director of Community Engagement and Head of Pro Bono, Allens
Laura Lombardo, Principal Solicitor, Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Anna Brown, CEO, Equality Australia
|11||Barriers to the Provision of Legal Services to People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities||1.30-2.30||Stream 4||Moderator: Nassim Arrage, CEO, National Association of Community Legal Centres
Gop Gai, Team Leader of the Humanitarian Settlement Program, Red Cross
Liz Huang Hughes-Brown, Principal Lawyer, Welcome Legal
Gaitee Taseer, Cultural Liaison Officer, Legal Aid ACT
Zouheir Dalati, Cultural Liaison Officer, Legal Aid ACT
|12||Native Title||2.35-3.35||Stream 1||Chair: Peter Cain, Manager, Objections & Appeals, ACT Revenue Management; and Chair, Government Law Committee, and Vice President, ACT Law Society
Adjunct Professor Greg McIntyre SC, President, Law Society of Western Australia
Robert Blowes SC, Barrister
Graeme Neate AM, President, ACT Civil & Administrative Tribunal and former President, National Native Title Tribunal
|13||Bail Denied and Incarceration Rates||2.35-3.35||Stream 2||Chair: Dr John Boersig, CEO of Legal Aid ACT, and Chair National Legal Aid
Magistrate Louise Taylor, ACT Magistrates' Court
Brendan Thomas, CEO, Legal Aid NSW
Shane Duffy, Chief Executive Officer (QLD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service
|14||How do we Measure the Impact of Programs and Projects?||2.35-3.35||Stream 3 (Pro Bono)||Chair: Phillip Cornwell, Senior Finance Counsel, Allens and Director and Chair, Australian Pro Bono Centre
Daniel Creasey, Head of Pro Bono and Community Impact, King & Wood Mallesons
Taimur Siddiqi, Director, Incus Group
Emma Pritchard, E. Pritchard Consulting
|15||Artificial Intelligence: How will it Impact Lawyers and their Clients?||2.35-3.35||Stream 4||Chair: Kate Fazio, Head of Innovation and Engagement, Justice Connect
Surend Dayal, VP Public Sector Aust and NZ, ORACLE
Ed Santow, Human Rights Commissioner
Dr Felicity Bell, FLIP Stream Research Fellow, UNSW
|16||A Law Yarn||4.00-4.10||Ignite||Donnella Mills, Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations|
|17||Greek Court||4.10-5.10||Plenary||Chair: Hon Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson SC, Supreme Court of the ACT
Yanna Dascarolis, Associate, MinterEllison
Andrew Satsias, Principal, Velocity Conveyancing Group
Archie Tsirimokos, Chair, Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers
|18||Closing Remarks||5.10-5.15||Plenary||Mark Woods, Chair, Law Council Access to Justice Committee|
National Press Club of Australia
16 National Circuit, Barton
7.30pm - 11.00pm
|Inside the 'Canberra Bubble': A view from the Press Gallery||TBC|
Day 2 - Friday, 15 March 2019
|19||The New Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) Program||9.00-9.10||Ignite||Margie Rowe, Legal Aid ACT|
|20||Reflections and Redress: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse||9.10-10.10||Plenary||Chair: Kathleen Denley, Assistant Secretary, Families and Legal Services, Attorney-General's Department
Angela Sdrinis, Principal, Angela Sdrinis Legal
Susan Cartwright, Senior Executive, Department of Human Services
Warren Strange, Executive Officer, Knowmore
|21||Improving Justice Through Health and Partnerships||10.10-11.10||Stream 1||Chair: Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO, Health Justice Australia
Sandra Gates, Director of Allied Health & Clinical Support Services, Royal Women's Hospital
Donnella Mills, Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
Tania Wolff, Principal Lawyer, First Step Legal
|22||Working with Government Model Litigant Guidelines||10.10-11.10||Stream 2||Chair: Iain Anderson, Deputy Secretary, Legal Services and Families Group, Attorney-General's Department
Hon Michael Grant QC, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
Tom Howe QC, Senior Counsel, Dispute Resolution, Australian Government Solicitor
Louise Glanville, Managing Director, Victoria Legal Aid
|23||The Future of Law and its Impact on Pro Bono: How Technology, Globalisation and New Interfaces will Rewrite How Pro Bono is Delivered||10.10-11.10||Stream 3 (Pro Bono)||Chair: Anton Hermann, Director, Pro Bono and Community Investment, Minter Ellison
Brooke Massender, Head of Pro Bono, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kate Fazio, Head of Innovation and Engagement, Justice Connect
Julian Uebergang, Managing Director (Asia Pacific), Neota Logic
|24||Family Law Panel Discussion||11.30-1.00||Stream 1||TBC|
|25||Homelessness and the Law||11.30-12.30||Stream 2||Chair: Travis Gilbert, CEO, ACT Shelter
Cameron Lavery, Manager and Principal Lawyer, Homeless Law, Justice Connect
Professor Tamara Walsh, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
Farzana Choudhury, Program Manager, Street Law Canberra, Canberra Community Law
|26||Helping the Helpers: Old and New Models - How do we decide who to help and how much?||11.30-12.30||Stream 3 (Pro Bono)||Chair: Daniel Creasey, Head of Pro Bono and Community Impact, King & Wood Mallesons
Jenny Lovric, Manager Community Engagement, Just Reinvest, NSW
Keith Rovers, Partner, MinterEllison
Angela Fimmano, Head of Legal, Service Delivery, Mission Australia
|27||Street Law in Canberra||1.30-1.40||Ignite||John Alati, Street Law Supervising Solicitor|
|28||How much Access to Justice is there for People Seeking Asylum?||1.40-2.40||Plenary||Chair: Nicholas Poynder, Barrister
Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, Executive Director, Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Dr Sangeetha Pillai, Senior Research Associate, Kaldor Centre International Refugee Law, UNSW
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre
|29||Generations: What has been achieved and how do we hand over to the next generations?||2.40-3.20||Plenary||Chair: John Corker, CEO, Australian Pro Bono Centre
Mark Woods, Law Council Access to Justice Committee (Baby Boomer)
John Faulks, former Justice of the Family Court of Australia (Baby Boomer)
Adam Bak, Director, Farrar Gessini Dunn (Gen X)
Heidi Yates, ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner (Gen X)
Bridget Dunne, ACT Legal Aid (Gen Y)
Hannah Rose, Partner and Head of Pro Bono and Community, Sparke Helmore (Gen Y)
|30||The Justice Project: Pursuing the Reccommendations||3.20-4.00||Plenary||TBC - The Hon Christian Porter MP, Attorney-General and The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney-General|
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