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LJF 50th Anniversary Research Symposium 20 June 2017

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Tickets are now on sale for the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales upcoming research symposium, Reshaping Justice: Client-centred service delivery, technology and innovation on Tuesday June 20 at Parliament House, Sydney.

Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC, a world-renowned leading authority on civil and administrative justice and empirical work on meeting legal needs from a person-centred perspective will be the keynote speaker for what promises to be a thought-provoking event.

The symposium will examine current issues facing the sector and how evidence-based research can be used to shape legal services that are responsive to client needs and interests. Issues include the use of data for evidence-based decision making and the development of client-centred innovations in civil, family and criminal law. The implications of technology for access to justice will also be explored.

Program outline

In the morning, Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC will deliver the keynote on the state of access to justice in the global context. This will be followed by Session 1 which explores access to justice in the Australian context including what evidence-based empirical research tells us about client needs. In the afternoon, Sessions 2 and 3 further explore how empirical evidence can be used to inform civil justice policy, and the planning and delivery of appropriate and effective legal assistance services. See final program.

You will have the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, key people in the sector including:

  • Mark Speakman SC MP, NSW Attorney General
  • Justice Ronald Sackville AO
  • Professor Julie Stubbs (UNSW Law)
  • Professor Pascoe Pleasence (UCL Laws)
  • Kylie Beckhouse (Director Family Law, Legal Aid NSW)
  • Elissa Scott (Manager, Summary Crime, Victoria Legal Aid)
  • Maureen Tangney (Executive Director, Civil Justice Strategy, Dept. of Justice NSW)
  • Monica Ferrari (Manager, CLE, Victoria Legal Aid)
  • Shannon Salter (Civil Resolution Tribunal, BC, Canada (via video))
  • Geoff Mulherin, Dr Christine Coumarelos, Dr Hugh McDonald, Catriona Mirrlees-Black, Maria Karras & Suzie Forell (Law and Justice Foundation of NSW)
  • Jane Sanders (The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre)
  • Alastair McEwin (Disability Discrimination Commissioner)
  • Russell Cavanagh (Aboriginal Field Officer, Legal Aid NSW) 
  • Sue Field (Elder law expert & Adjunct Associate Professor, CSU)


$230 (standard)

$125 (concession*)

*concession tickets are available for community workers, full-time students & concession card holders only.


To book tickets, click here

Alternatively, for those requiring an invoice, please contact Vyna Chua at


About the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW

Who we are

The Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales is an independent, statutory, not-for-profit organisation established in 1967 to improve access to justice for the people of New South Wales.

What we do

  • Identify legal and access to justice needs, particularly of socially and economically disadvantaged people.
  • Identify effective legal system reforms and access to justice initiatives through evaluation and research.
  • Improve access to justice through:

– contributing to the availability of understandable legal information

– supporting projects and organisations that improve access to justice

– disseminating information about access to justice and effective reforms and initiatives.

For further information please contact Jennifer Hodge, Project Manager Events and Communications

02 8227 3220/