The Victorian Bar will be hosting two events during Law Week (17 – 23 May 2021):
- Cross-examine a barrister is on Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 1-2:00pm. Here is your chance to hear from a panel of barristers and learn answers to the following questions: What is a barrister? Why do they get to ask the questions? Why do they represent people who are obviously guilty? Are they different from other types of lawyers? Why do they still wear 19th-century costumes? You can submit your questions by emailing email@example.com by Friday, 14 May 2021. Register here.
- Dispute resolution for small businesses is on Thursday, 20 May 20021, 5-6:00pm. The Victorian Commercial Arbitration Scheme (VCAS) provides a fair, quick, flexible and inexpensive method of dispute resolution for small business owners. If parties agree to use VCAS, they can receive a binding decision from a qualified arbitrator within 120 days of the process starting. The VCAS rules let the parties control the process – including the identity of the arbitrator and the place of hearings (online or in your country town or suburb). This webinar will explain how VCAS works – and how it can help you to sort out your disputes and get back to doing business. The panel is headed by Professor Clyde Croft SC, an experienced arbitrator and a former judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He will be joined by arbitrators Adam Rollnik and Fiona Cameron. Register here.
Thanks to the barristers and committees who have organised these events on behalf of the Victorian Bar.
Law Institute of Victoria Events
Unpacking the Aged Care and Mental Health Royal Commission
Date: Thursday, 20 May 2021
This free public webinar looks at the common findings between the Aged Care and Mental Health Royal Commission, and why the mental health and aged care system has continued to fail Victorians. Some of the themes and recommendations the panel will aim to discuss include the lack of appropriate housing, younger people in aged care and the future of both mental health and the aged care systems in Victoria.
Understanding When You Need an Immigration Lawyer
Date: Friday 21 May 2021
This free public webinar explores when migrants may require an immigration lawyer. Topics discussed will include current changes to immigration lawyers, how to find an immigration lawyer, types of matter lawyers can advise on, when to engage with a lawyer and more!
Women in the Workplace: Superannuation, the gender pay gap, and pushing for gender equality
Date: Friday 21 May 2021
This free public webinar aims to explore the problems with the gender pay gap and women’s superannuation - including what is being done to navigate these challenges, and general tips for encouraging gender equality in the workplace. Some examples of general best practice tips that will be discussed include, how to start the conversation in the workplace, developing negotiation skills, requesting flexible working arrangements, improving retirement outcomes and more!
Sisters in Crime Australia 15th Law Week event: Witness for the Prosecution: Supporting survivors of sexual assault. YouTube from 6:00pm (AEST), Friday 21 May
Sisters in Crime Australia is again proud to join forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, to present its 15th Law Week event.
An expert panel – Louise Milligan, Jane Patrick, Michele Williams QC and Rachel Spencer – will discuss the experience of survivors of sexual assault and their journey through the Australian legal system. Too often survivors are re-traumatised by their court trial, equating it to reliving the rape or sexual assault because of the questions they are asked, and the details they are required to give about their appearance, behaviour and past experiences.
Justice is often elusive in these cases. Almost 90% of sexual assault victims in Australia say they are not willing to go through our justice system. Of the cases that do go to court, approximately 10% end in a conviction, allowing most perpetrators to continue in society unhindered and undeterred. Even when survivors do get justice, the process is so bruising that many wish they had never tried.
Join us as the panel discusses how the justice system could be improved in order to minimise the trauma for survivors, ensure perpetrators are brought to justice, and society made safer.
The event is free to watch through YouTube from 6:00pm (AEST) on Friday 21 May. You can also help support the work we do to promote women’s crime writing by donating $10 and go in the draw to win one of three $150 book packs.