Summer Series CPD program

Legal Aid WA’s Summer Series 2023 is being held at the Duxton Hotel over 3 days from Wednesday 8 February to Friday 10 February 2023.

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.

Please note that this year you can register to attend in-person onlyPlaces are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Registrations will close Friday 3 February 2023 at 5.00 pm (WST).

Can’t make it on the day? Most sessions will be made available on Legal Aid WA’s TNT online learning management system a few weeks after the Summer Series has concluded. Access is free for registered attendees and all Legal Aid WA staff, but can also be purchased for a fee.

What does each day cover?

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

Family Law Day - Wednesday 8 February 2023
  • 'Understanding First Nations Kinship in Family Law Proceedings', presented by Ann Hawke (CEO Kinship Connections Aboriginal Corporation).

  • 'Managing High Conflict Clients', presented by Dr Stephen Cohen (Clinical Psychologist and former Chief Psychologist, Department of Communities).

  • 'Technology: Opportunity or Risk? Understanding the Impact of Technology-facilitated Abuse in FDV', presented by Leonie Burnham (Program Manager, eSafety Women).

  • 'Evidence of Family Violence in the Family Court, and Use of Social Science', presented by Elizabeth Hynes (DCH Legal Group) and Michael Hovane (In-house Family Violence Specialist, Legal Aid WA).

  • 'Wellness and Resilience', presented by Dr Jemma Dessauvagie (Psychologist, Helios Psychology and Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Advisor, WA Institute of Sport).

  • 'Ethics in Family Law: a panel discussion', presented by Justice Robin Cohen and Magistrate Rebecca Hall (Family Court of WA), with Emma Walke ( Senior Solicitor, Legal Aid WA).

Criminal Law Day - Thursday 9 February 2023
  • 'Ethics When Collaborating with Multiple Agencies and People of Different Disciplines to Improve Client Outcomes: The Dardy Project', presented by Alice Barter (Managing Lawyer, Civil Law and Human Rights, Aboriginal Legal Service), Maria Volodina (NDIS Justice Liaison Officer), Caroline Marshall (Director, Facilitatrix), and Margaret Irvine ( Solicitor, Legal Aid WA).

  • 'Using First Nations Interpreters', presented by Deanne Lightfoot (CEO Aboriginal Interpreting WA).

  • 'The Legal Profession Uniform Laws: Tailored for WA', presented by Fiona Calley (Senior Solicitor, Legal Aid WA).

  • 'Cross-examination', presented by Frank Merenda (Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers).

  • 'Expert Evidence', presented by Simon Freitag SC (Barrister, Albert Wolf Chambers).

  • 'Criminal Responsibility', presented by Justice Sam Vandongen (Supreme Court of WA) and Paul Yovich SC (Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers).

Civil Law Day - Friday 10 February 2023
  • 'Ethical Practice – Managing Ethical Considerations in Elder Rights Legal Practice', presented by the Elder Rights WA Legal Service (Legal Aid WA.)

  • 'Relationships, Mentors and Leadership in the Legal Profession', presented by Justice Michael Lundberg (Supreme Court of WA).

  • 'Accessible Practice – Delivering Safe, Accessible and Practical Legal Services to Diverse Clients', presented by Sifa Mtango (Senior Solicitor, Your Story Disability Legal Service) with Mitchell Caubo (Defence and Veterans Legal Service), Demi Thackrah and Amilee Myson (Your Story Disability Legal Service, Legal Aid WA).

  • 'Mabo - 30th Anniversary of the Decision and a Referendum to amend the Constitution to enable a First Nations Voice to Parliament', presented by Greg McIntyre SC (Barrister, Michael Kirby Chambers).

  • 'Creating Safe Spaces - Wellbeing for Practitioner and Client', presented by Lisa Bailey (Relationships Australia).

  • 'Dealing with Courts and Court Staff', presented by Chief Justice Peter Quinlan (Supreme Court of WA).


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