The New England town of Armidale is hosting two days of meetings for leaders of the state’s legal profession this week as they discuss the future of the practice of law in New South Wales.
Law Society of NSW president Joanne van der Plaat said Armidale meetings of the Law Society Council and regional presidents were scheduled for last year but were derailed due to COVID-19.
“I am delighted that we are finally able to bring together the members of the Bar Council and the presidents of our regional bars here in Armidale,” said Ms. van der Plaat.
“Despite the cool temperatures at this time of year, Armidale still offers a warm welcome to visitors. I am especially looking forward to spending time at the University of New England (UNE) Law School.
The visit by the Bar’s Regional Benchers and Presidents will be the first since UNE Law School introduced its groundbreaking subject Technology in Law in 2020.
“This topic brings together many of the characteristics identified by the Law Society in its Future of Law and Profession Innovation (FLIP) report that will be central to the practice of law and the administration of justice in the future,” Ms van der Plaat said. .
“Every graduate student entering UNE Law School from 2020 will leave this university after learning the basics of artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and other developing technologies.”
Councilors and regional presidents will also have the opportunity to visit NOVA, the UNE’s smart regions incubator established in the former Armidale Library. NOVA is a co-working space designed to help grow small businesses with mentors, researchers, and corporate and community partners.
Ms van der Plaat will also visit NEGS with ‘old girl’ and President of the North & North West Law Society, Natalie Scanlon, where she will encourage students in Years 5-12 to include law among their future career ambitions.
Another event that has had to be canceled since the start of the pandemic is the UNE Law Students’ Association Law Ball. Ms van der Plaat said she was honored to be the keynote speaker as the event returns on Saturday evening.
“The effective practice of law depends on a sense of collegiality throughout the profession. The Law Ball is a great opportunity for students to cement the meaningful relationships with their peers they will need to succeed in law, while giving those so inclined a chance to get started!
More than thirty councilors and regional presidents are expected at Armidale for the meetings tomorrow and Friday.
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