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The Wellness for Law Forum comes to you from the Gold Coast, Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land. The Kombumerri have walked and cared for this land and wildlife for thousands of years, and their descendants maintain spiritual connection and traditions. We thank them for sharing their cultures, spiritualities and ways of living with the land and wildlife in this place we all now call home. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Fostering Wellbeing Within Law Schools and the Profession

Australian and American research indicates that for many law students, symptoms of psychological distress begin early in law school and continue throughout their study of law and into their working lives.

The Wellness Network for Law is a community of legal academics, practitioners and students who are committed to: first, addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in law; and second, promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy, and in the profession.

The Network seeks to achieve these aims through supporting a deeper understanding of the onset and causes of psychological distress, as well as through the development of strategies for preventing and ameliorating distress, and for fostering wellbeing, within law schools and the profession. 

This year's presentations include:

  • Well-being, Moral Injury and Spirituality - Dr Mark Seton
  • From Stressful to Mindful to Joyful: Six Critical Steps - Professor Larry Krieger
  • An Empirical Study of Well-Being of Hong Kong Law Students: Challenges and Responses - Dr Richard Wu
  • Resilience and Wellbeing in the Time of COVID - Robyn Bradey
  • The Connection Between Competence and Wellbeing and Why It Is Important for Efficient and Ethically Driven Law Practices and Ethical and Efficient Lawyers - Lauren Phelps and Peter Apel
  • Small Group Teaching and Fostering a Sense of Belonging - Dr Bill Swannie.

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LawTech, Newlaw and NetZero: Preparing for an Uncertain Future

The legal profession is entering uncharted territory. Emergent technologies such as artificial intelligence and digital robotics, new business models, and the impacts of climate change will transform the profession, transform its community interactions, and change the way we practise and teach law.

As legal professionals and legal educators, how do we prepare for this uncertain future and provide our stakeholders with the tools to navigate change? What new models for the delivery of legal services and education will best help us, our students and our communities navigate change? What can the legal profession do differently in response to a vastly different and rapidly changing world?

The CPLE and Actium.AI Pty Ltd are jointly hosting this conference to provide the answers to these and other questions. We invite you to save the date and join us as we explore our place in an unknowable future.

You are encouraged to attend in person and enjoy the hospitality of the Gold Coast over the long weekend following the conference. Please book your accommodation early.

Call for Papers

Potential presenters are invited to submit abstracts for papers on the above theme as it relates to any of the following:

  • Practical legal skills training
  • Law student and lawyer wellness and resilience
  • Legal technology and ethics
  • New legal technologies including AI and Robotic Process
  • Automation
  • Legal education and legal tech training
  • Future methods of legal services delivery
  • Legal technology and compliance obligations
  • ESG, law and legal practice

Presenters will be able to choose between delivering their paper in person, via livestream, or as a pre-recorded video of their presentation.

Please submit your abstract (no more than 300 words) by 5pm on 31 July 2022 to [email protected].