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  • President's Report - October

    Mental health and wellbeing This month’s cover article, ‘Winning the mental game’, is authored by psychologists Daniella Luppino and Dimity Smith. Publication is timely, with 7 to 14 October being Mental Health Week in Western Australia. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Mental Health Week, and the overarching theme is ‘Connect with nature, community and self for mental wellbeing’.


  • President's Report - September

    Reconciliation Action Plan I am pleased to report that the Law Society’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017-2019 has received endorsement from Reconciliation Australia. Innovate RAP is the next stage of the RAP process, acknowledging and building upon the work undertaken by the Society over the past two years through its Reflect RAP. The Society’s RAP is an expression of our commitment to promoting respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, contributing to increasing Indigenous representation in the legal profession and developing the discourse around legal issues which adversely affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples disproportionately.


  • President's Report - August

    VALE ALAN ERIC BLANCKENSEE AO The Society was saddened to learn of the passing of former President Alan Blanckensee AO on 1 July 2017. Alan was admitted to the Western Australian legal profession in 1949, was a partner at Stone James, now King & Wood Mallesons, and served as President of the Society from 1977 to 1979. He also served for some two decades as Honorary Consul of Germany in Western Australia. The Society extends its sincere condolences to Alan’s children, grandchildren, family and friends.


  • President's Report - July

    90th Anniversary Cocktail Party I was delighted to see more than 300 members and other special guests at the Perth Town Hall on Thursday evening, 15 June, joining in celebration of the Law Society’s 90th anniversary. This glittering event was held precisely 90 years to the day after a small group of about 30 legal practitioners gathered in the old Supreme Court library^1 and resolved that "an Association of Legal Practitioners of Western Australia be formed". Over the course of nearly a century the Society has grown from these humble beginnings to become the leading, and by far the largest, organisation for members of the legal profession in this State, with a record membership this year of over 3,800.


  • President's Report - June

    90th anniversary of the Law Society 90 years ago this month, the Law Society of Western Australia was established. On 15 June 1927, a group of about 30 practitioners gathered in the old library of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The meeting was convened by former Premier and Attorney General of Western Australia Sir Walter James KC^1. Among those present at the meeting were some of the leading figures in the profession of the day. They included Thomas (Tad) Davy, a brilliant young lawyer and future Attorney General, and Michael Lavan, a prominent local lawyer and future King’s Counsel, who had completed a Law Degree at Trinity College, Dublin having been admitted to the Bar in Western Australia at the age of 24, in 1897^2.


  • President's Report - May

    Law Week 2017 May means Law Week is just around the corner. This year’s Law Week will run from 15 to 19 May. Each year, Law Week provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of law and justice in our community. It offers a chance for the profession to engage with the community and help build a shared understanding of why the Rule of Law is fundamental to our way of life. According to the Society’s records, the first ‘Law Day’ in Western Australia was held on Monday, 18 April 1983, although the Society had been active in the community before then, for example conducting lectures for schoolchildren and community groups and running the Law Museum. The March 1983 edition of Brief notes that “Law Days and Law Weeks [had] been held in other States over the past few years”, but 1983 was “the first time that such a venture [had] been held in WA.”