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Celebrating Law Week

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Cite as: May 2015 89 (5) LIJ, p.15

 The Law Institute of Victoria Awards ceremony will be an evening red carpet gala with live entertainment for the first time this year.

Held on 15 May as part of Law Week (11-17 May), there will be special performances from Caroline O’Connor and Alex Rathgeber from Anything Goes and a band.

LIV president Katie Miller said the ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate “everyday lawyers who make a big difference in the legal profession and the community”.

“I encourage you to join your colleagues in recognising our best and brightest at the awards ceremony,” Ms Miller said.

There are 15 award categories including the President’s Honorary Award, Law Firm of the Year and Mentor of the Year.

The LIV is hosting two other Law Week events – the mock trial of Evelyn Cannon who has been charged with possession of cocaine at the Banco Court on 15 May, and a panel discussion on Sexual Violence – Media, Community and Justice on 13 May. La Trobe University senior lecturer Dr Nicola Henry, Vanessa Born of Eliminating Violence Against Women Media Awards, Dr Meagan Tyler of RMIT University and Victoria University and barrister Rosalind Avis are on the panel.

There will be more than 80 Law Week events held across Victoria, including courts open day on 16 May. Victoria Police will host presentations with the detectives and investigators who have solved some of Victoria’s worst crimes.

In an interesting twist, Craft Victoria will run workshops covering intellectual property issues and contracts for artists and craft makers.
“Law Week is a fantastic opportunity to go beyond the lawyer jokes and TV dramas to find out what really happens in our legal system,” Ms Miller said.

“It’s also a chance to share your life as a lawyer with your friends and family at one of the Law Week events.”
There will be a festival hub in Federation Square run by Victoria Law Foundation, which will direct members of the public to Law Week events and host free activities such as fingerprinting. Last year, more than 6600 people attended Law Week events, an increase of around 40 per cent from 2013.

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