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LIV unveils legal learning centre

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Cite as: (2003) 77(4) LIJ, p.15

The Law Institute’s new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) lecture theatre will be named after former County Court Judge Anthony Smith.

Institute CEO John Cain said Mr Smith, who died last year, had made an enormous contribution to the law, including being Institute president in 1980/81.

Mr Smith served on the Institute Council for 10 years and was made an Institute life member in 1985. He was vice-president of the Law Council of Australia and secretary-general of the International Bar Association before being appointed to the County Court in 1990.

“He also demonstrated a commitment to the ongoing education of lawyers in this state and much of his work for the Law Institute was to cultivate that,” Mr Cain said. “It’s therefore a fitting tribute to him to have the lecture theatre bear his name.”

The lecture theatre, on the site of the former Snail ’n Bottle restaurant, can seat up to 120 people. It was completed in early February, with the first CPD session held on 12 February.

Mr Cain said the purpose-built lecture theatre was an important step in meeting the legal education needs of members.

“This is the first time in 20 years that we have had such an area for the purpose of continuing professional development,” Mr Cain said.

Institute Professional Development director Murray Paterson said the quality of the technology in the lecture theatre would improve the picture quality for those who participate in videoconferencing. “The lecture theatre is deeper and wider... the lighting has been completely replaced, new audiovisual equipment installed and a stage area constructed to improve visibility.”

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