Summer Series CPD program

Legal Aid WA’s Summer Series 2020 is being held from Wednesday 26 February to Friday 28 February 2020 at the Duxton Hotel in Perth.

Each day relates to a different area of law and offers the opportunity to earn Continuing Professional Development points in all four competency areas: Practice Management; Professional Skills; Ethics and Professional Responsibility; and Substantive Law.

This year, the civil law program will focus on a theme of innovation, and the family and criminal law programs will include sessions that focus on legal issues related to addiction. 

Places are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. You can register for individual sessions or the entire day through your Train-N-Track account.

Registrations will close Friday 21 February 2020 at 5 pm (WST).

What does each day cover?

The presenters and topics for each day of the Summer Series are outlined below. The detailed programs for each day, which show the start times and CPD points available for each session, are available for download at the end of this page.

Family Law Day - Wednesday 26 February 2020
  • Corina Martin and Linda Cao from the Aboriginal Family Law Service speaking about 'The Legislative Vortex: The Impact of Family Violence and Child Protection on Aboriginal people.'

  • Kate Jeffries from Stopping Family Violence presenting a seminar titled 'Working with Perpetrators in Family Law and Child Protection Matters.'

  • Justice Moncrieff (FCWA) presenting on 'The role of the Independent Children’s Lawyer at Trial.'

  • Colleen Brown, Director Client Services and Lynette Hill, Managing Solicitor of Legal Aid WA’s DR program, presenting on 'Latest Developments and Innovations: Family Violence Cross Examination Scheme; Property Mediation Pilot.'

  • Lindsay Greatorex, Legal Education Officer Legal Aid WA,  Jane Stewart, Director LPD Legal Aid WA, and Anna O’Connor, Solicitor Legal Aid WA presenting on the Blurred Borders ‘Keep ‘em Safe’ resource.

  • Mark Lowery from the Mental Health Commission WA speaking about working with parents who are using methamphetamine.


Criminal Law Day - Thursday 27 February 2020
  • 'Criminal law update' presented by Lisa Tovey, Barrister, John Toohey Chambers and Tony Sullivan, Solicitor Legal Aid WA.

  • 'New Developments in Relation to Bail and Diversion,' with a panel of speakers including Ellen Gibson, Manager Diversion Programs, Mental Health Commission; Angie Rabbitt, Project Manager, Justice Planning and Reform, Department of Justice; and Kelly Niclair, Solicitor, Legal Aid WA.

  • 'Coping with Clients in Distress and Vicarious Trauma', presented by Lara Steel, General Manager of Practice Excellence, Anglicare WA.

  • You are not your client’s mouthpiece', presented by Matthew Howard SC.

  • 'Documentary Evidence', presented by Sam Vandongen SC.

  • A panel discussion facilitated by Karen Farley SC on 'Being an effective criminal law advocate: the view from the bench' with Hon Justice Corboy, Hon Chief Judge Sleight and Deputy Chief Magistrate Woods.


Civil Law Day - Friday 28 February 2020
  • Keynote address - Dr Adam Tomison, Director General, Department of Justice about the many legislative reforms in the Justice portfolio.

  • Matthew Howard SC, speaking about 'Ethics and unbundled legal services.'

  • Melissa Evans, Solicitor, Legal Aid WA Civil Law Division, outlining 'NDIS appeals: everything you will ever need to know.'

  • Robyn Bradey, Social Worker and Mental Health expert speaking about 'Mental health for lawyers.'

  • Greg Boland, Solicitor, and the knowmore team talking about the National Redress Scheme.

  • Panel discussion showcasing the Next Step East Perth Health Justice Partnership chaired by Civil Director Justin Stevenson, titled 'Skills development working in a health justice partnership.'


Get help

If you have any queries, please email or call Rhys McVicker or Kirstine Hayden on (08) 9261 6500.

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