Summer Series CPD program

Legal Aid WA’s Summer Series 2021 is being held from Wednesday 10 February to Friday 12 February 2021 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.

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 5 February 2021 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 10 February 2021
  • Hon Justice Tyson presenting in relation to trial preparation and ethical issues that arise when testing evidence in child related matters.

  • 'Drug testing in family law,' presented by Debbie Brass from Brassets Group, followed by Jennifer Hamilton and Donna Stambulich from Recode with information about the Recode Addiction Treatment Program.

  • 'Masson and modern families,' presented by Martin Kavanagh, Principal of Kavanagh Legal.

  • Catherine Carroll from the Legal Practice Complaints Committee talking about common complaints in relation to family law practitioners and how to avoid them, followed by Principal Registrar Leonie Forrest talking about ethical challenges for family law practitioners.

  • 'What is Aboriginal Culture and how to we keep connection to Culture?' presented by Professor Victoria Hovane from Tjallara Consulting.

  • A panel discussion, 'Where to now? Key issues in relation to Aboriginal Children in Care,' with Magistrate Wendy Hughes; Daniel Taylor, Keiran Dent from Wungening Corporation; Corina Martin from the Aboriginal Family Law Service; Jonathon Reid and Kathy Russell from the Aboriginal Legal Service; and Robin Cohen from Legal Aid WA.


Criminal Law Day - Thursday 11 February 2021
  • 'Dealing with vicarious trauma,' presented by Dr Patrick Michalka, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Meneesha Michalka, solicitor.

  • 'Understanding psychological and neuropsychological testing and reports,' presented by Helen Fowler, Clinical Psychologist and Dr Mandy Vidovich, Clinical Neuropsychologist.

  • 'Commonwealth and State criminal law update,' presented by Darren Renton from John Toohey Chambers and Fiona Calley from Legal Aid WA.

  • A panel discussion 'Walking the ethical tightrope,' with Hon Chief Justice Peter Quinlan; Hon Chief Judge Julie Wager; and Sarah King, Legal Aid WA.

  • 'Cross examination on DNA and other forensic evidence,' presented by Simon Freitag SC.

  • 'Negotiating with the DPP, case conferencing and resolving issues prior to trial,' with Hon Chief Judge Julie Wager; Amanda Forrester, Director of Public Prosecutions WA; and Karen Farley SC, Legal Aid WA.


Civil Law Day - Friday 12 February 2021
  • 'Court fines – the Work and Development Permit Scheme alternative,' presented by Travis Coburn-Lang, Department of Justice; Glenn Thorneloe, Acting Fines Enforcement Registrar; Victoria Williams, Aboriginal Legal Service; and Jay Townsend, Legal Aid WA.

  • 'Ethics in guardianship and administrative matters,' presented by a member of the State Administrative Tribunal.

  • 'Equity and Elder Abuse,' presented by Elise Bant, Professor of Private Law and Commercial Regulation, UWA Law School.

  • 'Recent application of technology in the legal sector,' presented by Mary Cameron, Co-ordinator of the Virtual Offices Project, Legal Aid WA, followed by Michelle Mahoney, Executive Director Innovation, King & Wood Mallesons.

  • 'Employment law and COVID-19,' presented by Elisha Butt, Solicitor, Circle Green Community Legal

  • A panel discussion, 'Working with clients with a developmental disability,' with Dylan Desaubin, Principal Investigator, Office of the Public Advocate; Jackie Mills, Developmental Disability WA; and Yolanda Schuurmans, NDIS Solicitor, Legal Aid WA.


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If you have any queries, please email or call Rhys McVicker or Kirstine Hayden on (08) 9261 6384.

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