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Annual Report 2019 - 2020

Legal education and capability development

Legal Aid NSW conferences are among the premier events on the legal professional development calendar

Our conferences support the professional development of our staff and the wider justice sector. They attract high-calibre speakers including judges and leading experts in their fields.

  • Our annual criminal law conference held in August 2019 was well attended with 590 participants.
  • Our annual in-house family law conference was held in August 2019 and attended by 178 staff.
  • Our annual care and protection conference was held in August 2019 and attended by 195 in-house staff and 128 panel lawyers.
  • Our annual civil law forum was scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19.
  • We worked with the Department of Communities and Justice and the Children’s Court of NSW to deliver an inaugural joint child protection conference which has been rescheduled to February 2021.

Developing future leaders

In 2019, 43 senior managers across our three legal practices participated in the LEAD program. The program is designed to develop organisation-wide future leaders by building leadership capabilities and skills to manage change and influence culture.

Career Pathways project

The Learning and Organisational Development team worked with the three practice areas to define pathways for career progression at Legal Aid NSW to assist staff in career planning. This project is called Career Pathways. The Career Pathways resources will provide a valuable tool to assist in career conversations and engage staff in their own career planning at Legal Aid NSW.

The Civil Law Career Pathways were completed this year and will be piloted with civil law staff next year. The Career Pathways resources for the family and criminal law practices will be completed next year.

Year ahead iconThe year ahead

  • We will pilot the Legal Aid NSW Management Development Program.
  • We will continue to develop our Career Pathways resources for all staff including non-legal staff.
  • We will plan events that support the professional development of our staff, private lawyers and the broader justice sector.