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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Law Week 2016

Law Week is the biggest event on the Canberra legal calendar. From Monday 16 May to Saturday 21 May, the legal community comes together for a week of lectures, forums, tours and social events.

Law Week’s goal is to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society. The theme of Law Week for 2016 is “Law For All”, and several events have taken this theme as a basis to talk about issues such as access to justice and appropriate funding for legal services.

Locally, Law Week seeks to raise donations for a Canberra charity. In 2016, ACT Law Week will be supporting Communities@Work’s Food Rescue service. Food Rescue saves surplus from food businesses that would otherwise go to landfill, providing food to support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community.

Law Week events are developed to include people from diverse backgrounds, organisations and perspectives. The wider Canberra community is invited to attend Law Week events which include public lectures such as the annual Sir Richard Blackburn Lecture, free Will Awareness talks and a free Wills Day, and tours of the ACT Supreme Court.

ACT Law Week is coordinated by the ACT Law Society, in conjunction with the ACT Bar Association, the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, the ACT Human Rights Commission, the ACT Supreme Court, the Alternative Law Journal, the Animal Defenders Office ACT, Canberra Community Law, Legal Aid ACT, the Women Lawyers Association ACT, and the Women’s Legal Centre – ACT & Region. Financial support comes from principal sponsor Lawcover.

For more information about Law Week events, please contact Nicole Karman at the Law Society on (02) 6274 0300.