Queensland Law Society
QLS Open Day
1-5.30pm | 16 May 2019 | Law Society House, Brisbane

Law Society House opens its doors for an afternoon of complimentary professional development and member benefits showcase. Hear from experts on a range of issues and topical developments important to the legal profession, and take away practical tips and strategies to support your professional development. Come along with a friend to experience member benefits and collect up to 3 CPD points!

Registration for each session is essential as places are limited.

3 CPD points
Professional Skills
Substantive Law
Complimentary for members and non-members.

Registrations have closed.

Contact the QLS Events Management Team on 07 3842 5806 or events@qls.com.au with any queries.



Registration and light lunch


Welcome remarks

Bill Potts, President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor


Stream 1A

You’ve got a friend in me: How to work with CLCs to do more Pro Bono

It’s never been easier to give back. Hear from solicitors working in CLCs about their experience partnering with those in private practice on pro bono matters. Learn about the positive client outcomes that can be achieved by working collaboratively with community organisations as well as the personal and professional benefits these arrangements provide. Our panel will share their experiences and provide guidance on how you can connect with a community organisation that fits your practice.

Rose Mackay, Senior Lawyer, Pro Bono Connect and Legal Clinic Supervisor, LawRight
Charlotte Yellowlees, Senior Associate, Salvos Legal Humanitarian
Matilda Alexander, President, LGBTI Legal Service
Guest of Salvos Legal Humanitarian: Brandon Hoffler, Lawyer, Moray and Agnew
Guest of LGBTI Legal Service: Luke Furness, Senior Lawyer, Clayton Utz
Steve Herd, Partner, Fisher Dore

Stream 1B

Paving your path in the legal profession

Onward, upward, or elsewhere! Whether you are just starting out, or are established in your practice, staying flexible and open to new opportunities is crucial no matter what path you choose. This session considers the importance of keeping up with the pace of industry change and examines how you can adapt your current skill set and leverage your personal brand to meet new challenges head on.

Jeannette Scott, Group Principle, Nexus Law Group
Eleanor Sondergeld, Junior Legal Professional Development Executive, Queensland Law Society




Stream 2A

Understanding the changing legislative landscape for NFP and their Boards

Do you sit on, or provide advice to boards? Join our expert presenters for a session covering the legislative changes and other practical implications for charity and NFP boards resulting from:

  • the Royal Commission into Banking and Financial Services including the need to receive relevant information to make decisions, and metrics into the future to understand and review organisational culture
  • the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
  • the Royal Commission into Aged Care (and the potential Royal Commission into Disability Services).
Sonya Beyers, Director, Governance by Design and Member, Queensland Law Society Not-For-Profit Committee
Nina Flewell-Smith, Director, Corney & Lind

Stream 2B

Key legislation in review

QLS has a leading role in assisting government to draft legislation that is fair and workable. Hear a review of this year’s topical legislation that has caught the attention of the public and the profession. Find out how QLS ensures that the views and experiences of members are taken into account when laws are made.

Wendy Devine, Principal Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society
Deborah Kim, Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society
Kerryn Sampson, Policy Solicitor, Queensland Law Society




Stream 3A

Working with First Nations clients in Native Title disputes

Join acclaimed advocate and lawyer for First Nations people in Queensland, Paul Richards, for a presentation on Native Title disputes. Paul will share his wealth of experience working with First Nations clients and the role of legal practitioners, in resolving disputes within and between indigenous groups under the Native Title framework. Learn about the interplay between cultural and social practices with the Native Title framework when assisting First Nations clients. Delegates from all practice areas will gain a greater understanding of how to communicate effectively with and better support First Nations clients, which they can apply in their own practice.

Paul Richards, Author of Adventures with Agitators
Sheetal Deo, Legal Professional Development Executive, Queensland Law Society

Stream 3B

Unconscious bias

Are you sure you’re thinking clearly? As human beings we are all hard-wired to make quick, intuitive decisions about other people. Hear about why unconscious judgements affect our attitudes and behaviours towards other people can have negative impacts at work. Learn to recognise when you are making snap judgment about someone, and how to slow down your thinking to make better decisions.

Sheila Kushe, Manager, Professional Development and Solicitor, Queensland Law Society and Member Queensland Law Society Wellbeing Working Group
Eleanor Sondergeld, Junior Legal Professional Development Executive, Queensland Law Society


Break and afternoon tea


Closing Plenary: Insights from senior legal practitioners and regulators into the life a criminal law solicitor

Not to be missed! Join Society President Bill Potts and a panel of senior criminal law practitioners for an engaging discussion on some of the unique challenges facing criminal law solicitors today. This panel will consider the ups and downs of life in criminal law practice. Key takeaways on the importance of walking the fine line of professional independence will appeal practitioners in all areas of law. The session will be of great benefit to solicitors who have recently commenced practice in criminal law or who have an interest in this area of practice.

Bill Potts, President, Queensland Law Society; Director, Potts Lawyers; Member, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Alan MacSporran QC, Chairperson, Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland
Robert Brittan, Acting Legal Services Commissioner
Glen Cranny, Principal, Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice; QLS Senior Counsellor, Queensland Law Society; Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) - Qld and Member, Queensland Law Society Occupational Discipline Law Committee
Kurt Fowler, Principal, Fowler Lawyers; Accredited Specilalist (Criminal Law) - Qld; Chair, Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Criminal Law Advisory Committee; Chair, Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee and Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Stafford Shepherd, Director, QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, Queensland Law Society


Networking drinks



QLS will use every effort to maintain the integrity of event programming, however QLS reserves the right to amend professional development programs and substitute presenters and/or topics where necessary.

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