Queensland Law Society

QLS promises more in store during Law Week

Date 26 Apr 2012
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone 07 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

There is an incredible array of activities on offer during Law Week (14-20 May) – and Queensland Law Society is involved in some of the main events.

Brisbane’s sordid past will be exposed for all to see with criminal history tours running for two weeks from 8-17 May.

Various options are available including daytime bus tours with a rare look inside the holding bay of Boggo Road Jail and night time CBD walking tours that offer the tangible experience of shadowing the footsteps of the spirited, sinful and insane.

Queensland Law Society president Dr John de Groot said the tours offered an exciting opportunity to learn some unusual but significant facts about Brisbane.

“There’s always a sort of morbid curiosity that attracts people to learning about these events but they’re an important part of our history,” Dr de Groot said.

“The outcome of a lot of these stories is that they essentially helped to shape the state and the society in which we now live.”

Ticket prices are $30 per person and include the tour, refreshments and an information kit.

People are also welcome to attend a free performance of “A Man for all Seasons” performed by the legal profession at Banco Court on Thursday 17 May, of which Queensland Law Society is a sponsor.

Notable performers include Society president Dr John de Groot, Justice Fryberg, Justice Daubney, Stephen Keim SC, Richard Douglas SC, Steven Hogg (a barrister, and former VP of Queensland Young Lawyers); and Kristin Duff (current VP of Queensland Young Lawyers, and Stephen Mackie (Norton Rose).

Those in Brisbane’s CBD at 7am Tuesday 15 May can keep their eye out for bright (or bleary) eyed legal profession walkers in the QPILCH Walk for Justice. The Society is a major sponsor of this event that aims to raise community awareness about the importance of pro bono legal services and the extensive contribution made by lawyers across the state to these services.

The Society is also hosting its first formal legal profession ball, which despite its Winter Wonderland theme, promises to keep guests cosy and warm with lively conversation and livelier dancing.

Information on all events is available from Queensland Law Society – qls.com.au.