Thought Leadership series

Legally aiding access to justice

Tuesday 15 May 2018, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

It’s no secret that the legal assistance sector has been consistently under-resourced for years. As a solicitor, this is your opportunity to contribute to policy leadership on how the needs of disadvantaged people can be met in the challenging funding environment for services encompassing Legal Aid, Aboriginal Legal Services and the community legal sector.
Facilitator Jane Sanders (Principal Solicitor, Shopfront Youth Legal Centre) will lead eminent panellists from the sector and judiciary in discussion: Mr Brendan Thomas (CEO, Legal Aid NSW), the Hon Acting Justice Ronald Sackville AO (NSW Court of Appeal, retired Judge of the Federal Court of Australia) and Ms Nadine Miles (Principal Legal Officer, Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT)).  

The panel will explore a number of pertinent issues including:

  • Can the legal assistance sector meet the needs of disadvantaged people in the current funding environment?
  • What other systemic issues is the sector facing and what are the policy remedies?
  • What is working well in the sector and what fresh approaches hold promise?
  • What can lawyers in other fields and law firms do to support the sector?

Solicitors will be invited to participate in a Q&A with the panel and are an invaluable part of this Thought Leadership discussion.

We are pleased to extend to you the member exclusive offer below. We look forward to welcoming you.

When: Tuesday 15 May , 5.30 – 7.30pm

Where: The Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney

Member: $25 per person | REGISTER NOW

Non-Member: $90 per person | REGISTER NOW

CPD units: 1.5 units


In its Thought Leadership series, the Law Society brings together leaders of the legal profession for robust panel discussions on hot topic issues impacting the rule of law, legal institutions and practice. After an engaging 2017 series, the Law Society invites you to the 2018 Thought Leadership series focusing on issues affecting the quality of the rule of law and access to justice in NSW.

A second panel will take place on 31 July 2018 and consider issues relating to the operation of the lower court system in NSW. The third panel will take place on 25 September 2018, addressing the rising prison population in the state. A fourth panel will take place on 13 November 2018.