Education – Continuing Professional Development

It is an aim of WLASA to host two Free-for-Member CPD sessions each calendar year in around March and September.  If you have any suggestions for topic that we should address, are willing to be a presenter at one of our seminars or have a venue for us to use please contact the Chair of our Education Subcommittee, Kylie Dunn, by email at admin@wlasa.org.au

Unrepresented Litigants, Tuesday 11 October 2016

One Tuesday, 11 October 2016, WLASA its latest CPD at Finlaysons.

The topic “The Ethics of Dealing with Unrepresented Litigants” was presented by an expert panel of speakers comprising barristers Gillian Walker, Kerry Clark and Taruna Heuzenroeder and Coordinator & Senior Solicitor for JusticeNet, Angela Hastings.  We thank our hosts, Finlaysons, for yet again generously providing their conference space for this event.

Networking and Relationship Building, Wednesday 23 March 2016Minter Ellison

On Wednesday, 24 March 2016 WLASA proudly hosted its first Free-for-Members CPD session for 2016 at Minter Ellison.

Donny Walford of Behind Closed Doors presented on the topic: “Networking and Relationship Building?”  The session was worth 1 CPD point in Professional Skills.  Those who attended were impressed with the insights, tips and strategies provided by Donny about becoming an effective networker and the importance of having an ‘elevator speech’.  We thank our hosts, Minter Ellison, for their hospitality and support.

The ABC of Mediation, 15 September 2015

On Tuesday 15 September 2015 WLASA proudly hosted its second Free-for-Members CPD session for 2015 at the Legal Services Commission.

Ruth Beach, lawyer and mediator, presented on the topic: “The ABC of MediationHow much do you really know about mediation and what it has to offer?”  The session was worth 1 CPD point in professional skills.  Those who attended were impressed with the insights, tips and strategies provided by Ruth.  We hope to have Ruth back in at a future event to present on the ethical obligations and issues that can arise during a mediation.

Communication Beyond Words, 3 March 2015

On Tuesday 3 March 2015, WLASA hosted its first CPD Seminar for 2015 at Fisher Jeffries.

The topic  “Communication Beyond Words – Practical Tips and Strategies to Build Effective Relationships” was presented by Jodie Nevid from the 7 Effect. ”. The event was well attended, including by a number of individuals from Corporate Member firms.  Feedback received considered the session to be useful and engaging.  We thank our hosts, Fisher Jeffries, for their hospitality and support. Thanks also go to the 7 Effect for a very practical and informative presentation.

** For those who attended please note: Ordinarily WLASA sends attendees a certificate of attendance, but unfortunately on this occasion it was not possible for us to do so due to an administrative glitch – we provided a form for attendees to sign in and provide their name, but did not ask for attendee’s email addresses.  If you require a certificate of attendance, please email the Chair of our CPD Subcommittee, Rebecca Sandford, at admin@wlasa.org.au who will confirm your attendance and provide you with a certificate.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Lawyers and the Media, 11 September 2014

On 11 September 2014, WLASA hosted its second CPD Seminar for 2014 at Finlaysons.  Jayne Stinson spoke on the topic “Lawyers and the Media“.  Her presentation was very informative, covering topics such at common traps, tips for dealing with the media and how to use the media to further your and your clients’ interests.  Jayne drew on years of experience dealing with both lawyers and journalists.  The seminar included a lovely lunch generously sponsored by Finlaysons and attendees picked up 1 compulsory CPD point in Professional Skills.  For those who attended, a Certificate of Attendance and seminar notes will be emailed to you.

Ethics Hypotheticals, Tuesday 4 March 2014

On Tuesday 4 March the Association is hosted its first CPD Seminar for the year.  The panel discussion consisted of Hon. Margaret Nyland AM, Kerry Clark, Mark Rankin and Gaetana Marjas and was chaired by the WLASA’s Rebecca Stanford.  Thank you very much to Minter Ellison for providing an excellent venue and hospitality.  By all reports it was a very interesting and informative session and we would also like to thank all the guest speakers for their comprehensive preparation for the questions posed.