Summer Series CPD program

Legal Aid WA’s Summer Series 2019 is being held from Tuesday 26 February to Thursday 28 February 2019 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 Thursday 21 February 2019 at 5 pm (WST).

What does each day cover?

The presenters and topics for each day of the 2019 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.

Civil Law Day - Tuesday 26 February 2019
  • Keynote address: Professor Robert Cunningham, Curtin University Law School - ‘Compensation by the State for actions of police officers and resilience’.

  • Catherine Fletcher, Acting Information Commissioner - 'Freedom of Information for WA’.

  • Rob Guthrie, Assessor at the Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation - ‘National Redress Scheme’.

  • Kate Davis, Principal Solicitor Tenancy WA - ‘Domestic violence reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act’.

  • David Locke, CEO of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority - 'Complaint resolution process at AFCA'.

  • Cathy Donaldson, Senior Legal Officer of the LPCC - ‘Ethical issues in the practice of elder law’.


Family Law Day - Wednesday 27 February 2019
  • Keynote addess: Her Honour Judge Julie Wager, President of the Children’s Court of WA - 'The state of the law in protection and care matters' and Robin Cohen, Senior Solicitor at Legal Aid WA - 'Crossover cases between the Family Court and Children’s Court jurisdictions'.

  • Michael Hovane, Family Violence Consultant at Legal Aid WA - 'Legal Aid WA's innovative Client Safety Framework and the Commonwealth family violence cross examination scheme'.

  • Dr Phil Watts, Clinical and Forensic psychologist - ‘Addiction: Why care?’

  • Members of the Jiji Nyirti (Newman) project team, including members of the judiciary, sharing their learning from the visit by the Family Court of WA to Newman in 2018.

  • Panel discussion of Legal Aid WA projects using innovation to meet client needs: Late intervention FDR conferences in ICL matters; Family Court Services and the Family Advisory Support Service; and the Blurred Borders legal communication tools for family violence and child protection.


Criminal Law Day - Thursday 28 February 2019
  • Keynote speech: Leigh Cleary, Mental Health Commission - ‘Methamphetamine addiction and the criminal justice system’.

  • Panel discussion on using innovation to meet client needs: the Blurred Borders legal communication tools for bail and criminal process; new outreach services to assist Aboriginal youth in Perth; and the Community Justice Centre concept.

  • Andrew Markovs, a Master Principal Trainer for Mental Health First Aid Australia - 'Resilience for criminal lawyers'.

  • Ben Stanwix, State Prosecutor - 'Prosecuting drug offences'.

  • Helen Prince, Barrister at Equus Chambers - 'The law relating to defending drug charges'.

  • Karen Farley SC, Simon Freitag SC and Mara Barone SC - Panel discussion ‘Ethical dilemmas for criminal lawyers’.


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