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Wellness For Law Forum 2021

Proudly hosted by the Centre for Professional Legal Education and the Wellness Network for Law.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had disastrous consequences for global health and wellbeing. But is there a silver lining behind this cloud? Has the pandemic prompted the adoption of strategies and the development of initiatives that have the potential to enhance lawyer and law student wellness?

The 2021 Law Wellness Forum examined the implications of the pandemic for law wellness, with an emphasis upon the positive.

  • Working from home and the transition to online engagement has provided opportunities to improve our health and wellness
  • Law schools and law firms have increased their focus upon effectively engaging students with their learning, maintaining morale and supporting wellbeing
  • New strategies have been identified to reduce stress and anxiety
  • What changes will we maintain even after life returns to ‘normal’ (whatever that means)?

The program featured a combination of plenary speakers, panel discussions, and paper and poster presentations.

Assuring Professional Competence: The Regulation of Legal Education in Australia (A Twilight Seminar) | 22 July 2021 @ 5PM

Proudly hosted by the Centre for Professional Legal Education and the Faculty of Law


In common with other services and industries, both legal education and legal practice have experienced extensive disruption and innovation due to the changing nature of work, globalisation, demographic shifts and technological transformation. In 2021, the impact of Industry 4.0 on the future of work and learning has been accelerated by the pandemic’s forced adoption and rapid upscaling of digitisation and digitalisation. However, while so much has changed so dramatically around it, the regulation of legal education in Australia has remained largely undisrupted for decades, despite relentless scrutiny and perennial criticism. Particularly, its three, sequential stages – university, practical legal training and continuing professional development – persist in their disjuncted silos, with little regard to the necessity for a modern articulation of a fit-for-purpose professional learning continuum. This presentation will examine the possibilities of an ecosystemic view of legal education and training, drawing on recent international initiatives, and will identify some options for establishing an appropriate threshold competency statement for entry-level lawyers.   

About the Speaker

Professor Sally Kift is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), and President of the Australian Learning & Teaching Fellows (ALTF). She has held several university leadership positions, including as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at James Cook University. Sally is a national Teaching Award winner, a Senior Teaching Fellow and a Discipline Scholar, Law. In 2017, she received an Australian University Career Achievement Award for her contribution to Australian higher education. Sally was a member of the AQF Review Panel that reported to Government in September 2019.

2020 Professional Legal Education Conference

Bond University’s Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLE) was proud to host the 2020 Professional Legal Education conference on the theme of ‘Harmonising Legal Education: Aligning the Stages in Lifelong Learning for Lawyers’, in partnership with the Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA), the Law Wellness Network and Voiceless.

The 2020 Professional Legal Education Conference was a virtual conference, with registration free of charge. Speakers were able to deliver their presentations online, and attendees were able to view the presentations, ask questions and provide feedback remotely. The program was delivered as a combination of live streaming and pre-recorded videos able to be watched at any time.

More Information

2019 Animal Law Education Workshop

Voiceless and the Centre for Professional Legal Education coordinated and ran Australia's only animal law teacher professional development forum - the annual Animal Law Education Workshop (ALE). The workshop was held in Sydney and hosted by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

The ALE workshop provides animal law teachers with the opportunity to share ideas and learn from the experiences and expertise of their peers. 

Read more about Voiceless and the Workshop


2019 Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA) Annual Conference

The 2019 Conference was surrounded by theme of 'Real' Laws in the Post-Truth World and was held at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast.  'Real' Laws in the Post-Truth World was chosen to engage and question emerging dialogues on 'post-truth' - their influence on policy and social debate, and how post-truth practices are shaping laws and how truth is and isn't part of legal and socio-legal dialogues.

The Centre for Professional Legal Education was a proud supporter and an exhibitor at the Conference. The Centre also had a number of members speaking at the conference. 

Read more about ALAA

2019 Research Week - Legal Research at the Frontiers

In October 2019, the Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Centre for Professional Legal Education, showcased 11 presentations highlighting research topics including internet jurisdiction, how social licenses are beginning to intrude into Australia’s trade and investment, and comparing approaches to discrimination law.

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2019 Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Sport - Wellbeing in Sport: A Multitude of Perspectives

Keynote Speakers Betsey Grey and Ian Prendergast with Co-convenors Assistant Professor Dr Annette Greenhow and Assistant Professor Dr Lisa Gowthorp

Bond University, through the Centre for Professional Legal Education, the Centre for Commercial Law, Faculty of Law and the Bond Business School, hosted the Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Sport in February, 2019.

Keynote speakers included Betsey J. Grey and Ian Prendergast. Betsy Grey is the Jack E. Brown Chair in Law in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and faculty fellow with the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at Arizona State University. Ian Prendergast is the CEO & Managing Director | Rugby League Players Association (RLPA).

Papers presented covered topics such as: Athlete Wellbeing; Holistic Wellbeing Strategies; and Sports Anti-Doping Rules in the Context of Legal Protections.

Artificial intelligence and creative practice interviews

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Creative Practice Roundtable videos

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Creative Practice Roundtable - Research Week 2018

Keynote address from Professor Simon Colton

As the capacity for AI to engage in higher-level thinking increases, AI will inevitably have a significant impact upon industries, professions, and disciplines where creativity and creative thinking play important roles. Bond University’s Faculty of Law, Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLE), and Faculty of Society and Design have collaborated to bring together leading thinkers in the field of AI and stakeholders from a variety of sectors to explore the potential impact of AI upon creativity, creative thinking, and creative practice in Australia.

The invitation-only, half day roundtable began with a keynote address from Professor Simon Colton (Queen Mary, University of London/Monash University), a leading expert in the field of computational creativity, regarding the ability of AI to engage in genuine creativity, followed by facilitated sessions exploring the positive and negative consequences of AI augmenting, or possibly replacing, human creativity in the cultural industries and professional services. Read more.


More past events

The Centre for Professional Legal Education proudly presented a Twilight Seminar on Uberising Law: The Transformation of Law and Legal Practice.

The panel of distinguished technologists, practitioners and scholars included:

Neil Sahota, IBM Master Inventor - 'Uber Yourself Before You Get Kodaked: How AI Is Transforming Legal Services'

Neil Sahota (萨冠军) is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert, and Professor at UC Irvine. With 20+ years of business experience, he works with clients and business partners to create next generation products/solutions powered by AI. His work experience spans multiple industries including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Moreover, Neil is one of the few people selected for IBM's Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community-driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program.

Warwick Walsh, Sacha Kirk, Zachary Kominar and Siska Lund, Lawcadia - 'From Whiteboards and Post-It Notes to Successful Legal Tech Company: A Startup's Journey'

Lawcadia is an innovative Australian-based legal technology company. Lawcadia has developed a unique two-sided platform that sits in between enterprise clients and law firms to manage engagements, scope and budget, delivering reduced legal spend, efficient process improvements and sophisticated analytics and reporting. Lawcadia was the winner of the In-House Community Visionary Non-Law Firm Legal Services Provider of the Year 2018 in Hong Kong and is a finalist for the Australian Law Awards Innovator of the Year 2018. Warwick Walsh (CEO & Founder) founded Lawcadia in 2015 after 15+ years experience as a corporate lawyer in Sydney, London and Brisbane specialising in investments and acquisitions. Sacha Kirk (CMO & Co-Founder) is a co-founder of Lawcadia and draws on 15+ years marketing, brand strategy development, innovation and professional consulting experience in Australia and the UK. Zachary Kominar (Platform Manager) has a background in both law and IT with 10+ years experience in the Legal Technology industry in Canada and Australia. Originally from Canada. Siska Lund (Corporate Counsel) has 10+ years commercial legal experience in private practice and in-house legal teams. Siska is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at Bond University.

View recent news story about Warwick Walsh

Margaret Thornton, Professor of Law (ANU) - 'The Uberisation of Legal Practice'

Margaret Thornton (Fassa FAAL) is Professor of Law and ANU Public Policy Fellow at the Australian National University. She is a graduate of the Universities of Sydney, NSW and Yale. Her research areas include legal education, the legal profession, the corporatisation of universities, discrimination law and feminist legal theory. Her current Australian Research Council project on innovative law firms is entitled ‘Flexible Law and Flexible Life’.

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