Summer Series CPD program

Legal Aid WA’s Summer Series 2022 is being held at the Duxton Hotel over 3 days from Wednesday 16 February to Friday 18 February 2022.

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.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and confirmed community transmission in WA, Legal Aid WA has decided that Summer Series 2022 will proceed as an 'online only' event.

Places are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Registrations will close Friday 11 February 2022 at 5.00 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 16 February 2022
  • Justice O’Brien (FCWA) and Elizabeth Hynes (DCH Legal Group) presenting 'Mountains, molehills and everything in between: How to run a financial case'.

  • 'Gender Dysphoria, children and adolescents – What you need to know', presented by Dr Julia Moore (Child and Adolescent Health Service).

  • 'Fostering psychological flexibility to move from high conflict litigation to collaborative co-parenting', presented by Clinical Psychologist Tiffany Rochester (Three Waters Psychology Clinic).

  • Thembe Moyo and Sharon Pedley talking about Legal Aid WA’s 'Strength to Strength' program, followed by Magistrate Sarah Dewsbury and Registrar Kyle Martin presenting 'Children’s Court Practice Directions and Procedures'.

  • 'Financial abuse: Practical tips for lawyers on how to level the playing field for vulnerable clients', presented by Rodney Worth (John Toohey Chambers).

  • Robin Cohen SC (Legal Aid WA), Steve Jones SC (Francis Burt Chambers) and former Magistrate Alan Moroni presenting a panel discussion on 'Ethics in Family Law'.


Criminal Law Day - Thursday 17 February 2022
  • 'Trauma and recovery: Implications for the criminal justice system', presented by Professor Helen Milroy (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UWA).

  • 'What lawyers need to know about the work of a forensic pathologist', presented by Dr Daniel Moss (Clinical Associate Professor, UWA).

  • 'Accessing social supports for your client to get the best bail and sentencing outcomes', presented by Helen Loreck (Reducing Avoidable Remand Service, Legal Aid WA) and Lisa Wittwer (Bail Support Service, Legal Aid WA).

  • 'Ethics when conducting a criminal trial', presented by Justice Robert Mazza (Court of Appeal).

  • 'Time management for criminal lawyers', presented by Cathryn Urquhart.

  • 'Representing your client on an unsoundness of mind defence', with Sam Vandongen SC (Francis Burt Chambers) and Karen Farley SC (Legal Aid WA).


Civil Law Day - Friday 18 February 2022
  • 'Coronial Inquests – current cases and the coronial process', presented by Kelly Niclair (Principal Registrar, Coroner’s Court of WA) and Rachel Collins (Counsel Assisting the Coroner).

  • 'Elder abuse and ethics of practice', presented by Dr Eileen Webb (University of South Australia) and Teresa Somes (PhD Candidate, University of South Australia).

  • 'Extraordinary drivers licence applications and life disqualifications', presented by Brian Leveson (Department of Transport), Sam Pack (State Solicitor's Office of WA) and Faye Sellers (Legal Aid WA).

  • 'Civil practice and discrimination', presented by Alice Barter (Aboriginal Legal Service of WA) and Allan MacDonald (Equal Opportunity Commission).

  • 'NDIS cross-jurisdictional panel', presented by Caroline Marshall (Facilitatrix), Vernon Bates (Uniting WA) and Margaret Irvine (Legal Aid WA).

  • 'Music therapy in self-care and resilience', presented by Tara Del Borello, music therapist.


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