Law Week 2017: Let’s get legal

• Sir Walter James KC, first President of the Law Society, who served from 1927-1930.

ALL things legal will be celebrated at this year’s annual Law Week from May 15 – 19.

The Law Society of WA is hosting the shindig and has lined up a diverse range of events by law firms and community legal centres, including free legal advice.

“Law Week is a great opportunity for the community to learn about the law and their rights,” says society president Alain Musikanth.

“From a single ‘Law Day’ back in 1983, Law Week has expanded into an extensive programme of events and information sessions for the community and the legal profession.

“Free legal advice sessions for the public, offered by law firms and community legal centres, make up a significant portion of the Law Week programme.

Community events

“There are community events taking place throughout the week and across the state —  including in Perth, Fremantle, Mandurah, Albany, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.”

As part of the week’s events, The Law Week Breakfast on May 15 will include a keynote presentation by Katie Miller, 2015 president of the Law Institute of Victoria, on legal traditions in an age of disruption: how do lawyers decide what to keep and what to relinquish? The presentation will be chaired by renowned WA chief justice Wayne Martin. The Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards will also be presented at the breakfast.

On May 17 the Law Society will host an information session for the community on enduring powers of attorney, with lawyers explaining this important area of the law and why it is crucial to appoint a capable and trustworthy attorney.

And on May 18, the Law Week Awards Night at Bankwest Place will recognise winners of the 2017 Lawyer of the Year Awards.

And lastly don’t forget that on May 16, National Pro Bono Day, lawyers will ‘Walk for Justice’ along the Perth foreshore to raise funds for Law Access Limited, an organisation dedicated to helping those in need of legal assistance on a pro bono basis.

The Law Society of WA is the peak professional association for lawyers in the state and celebrates it’s 90th anniversary this year.

The society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its more than 3800 members.

It is a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and the rule of law.

The society is widely acknowledged by the legal profession, government and the community as the voice of the legal profession in WA.

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