Our first family law forum for 2019

Our first family law forum for 2019

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Our first family law forum for 2019 is coming up shortly.

  • When: Friday 17 May 2019
  • Where: Marvel Stadium, 740 Bourke St, Docklands.

Family law forums consistently rate highly as a professional development day for lawyers who do family law legal aid work, as well as a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues.

The May forum will focus on small property matters. Sessions will cover how to prepare for and represent your client well in a Family Dispute Resolution Service (FDRS) conference for small property/debt pool matters, including disclosure and document preparation.

There will also be a session on debts and bankruptcy and a session on drafting effective small property orders, including superannuation splitting.

Places will be limited so please register now.

National Independent Children’s Lawyers training

52 family lawyers joined us for our first annual National Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) training run in Victoria.

The program has been developed by National Legal Aid in conjunction with legal aid commissions across the country.

The new program has two phases.

Phase one includes six online training modules delivered through the national ICL website. The modules include lecture-style videos by national subject matter experts on various legal and social science topics of relevance to ICL work.

The second phase is one day of face-to-face training using a nationally developed case scenario and workshops.

We held Victorian face to face training for the first time in Melbourne in April. 

There were 52 participants who were guided through a case scenario from the perspective of the ICL from the start to the finish of the case.

The participants were divided into groups and were led by an experienced ICL and a family consultant.

There was a high level of engagement with the training and the overall feedback was positive.

The training is a requirement for inclusion on Victoria Legal Aid’s ICL panel and we look forward to more lawyers conducting ICL work.

Thanks to all those lawyers who enthusiastically joined our first year of hosting this national program.

More information

For more information about the family law forum or ICL training please contact Brigid Jenkins, Program Manager, Family Law at Brigid.Jenkins@vla.vic.gov.au.

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