New Zealand Law Society - Programme


Friday 3 May 2024

6pm Welcome drinks and nibbles at Leisure Lodge Dunedin

Saturday 4 May 2024

8:30am Registration Opens

Conference opening and welcome: Dale Lloyd – Otago Branch President
Law Society Update: Frazer Barton Law Society President and Katie Rusbatch Law Society CEO
Keynote: Justice Glazebrook – Courage amidst chaos: The mission to save the Afghan Women Judges
Closing comments: Richard Smith – Southland Branch President

11.00am Morning Tea

Session 1:
Let’s Make it Perfectly Queer! An Introduction to LGBTQIA+ Topics (Dr David Sarshalom)
Session 2:
Workplace Investigations: Pitfalls, procedure, and personal grievances (James Cowan)
Session 3:
The intersection of hi-tech stalking in domestic violence and family law case (Steven Bradley)
Session 4:
Disability, Mental Health, Neurodiversity and Communication. How to spot communication challenges and what you can do about it (Bridget McArthur)
Session 5:
A tweet a day keeps the doctor away – the latest developments in professional disciplinary cases against health professionals taking to social media (Kate Rouch)
Session 6:
Mediation: An unsung hero for all lawyers and their clients (Kate Keddell & Malcolm Wallace)

1:30pm Lunch 

Session 7:
Crossing the uncanny valley - AI, legaltech and the future of the legal profession (Derek Roth-Biester)
Session 8:
What to do when your family law case crosses international borders (Inger Blackford)
Session 9:
Property law update (Peter Sygrove & Trevor Shiels)
Session 10:
Advising trustees and current issues post Trusts Act 2019 (Lauren Brent)
Session 11:
AML and Financial Crime – evolution so far, and likely future directions (Gary Hughes)
Session 12:
Employer immigration: the must know issues (Shi Sheng Cai - Shoosh)

6pm Dinner

Bus departs for dinner at Larnach Castle