Notre Dame Sydney Law Society

Annual Social Justice Lecture

The Annual Notre Dame Sydney Law Society Social Justice Lecture is an event hosted by the Notre Dame Sydney Law Society for students, faculty, members of the legal profession and the broader public who are passionate about issues of justice in our community and beyond. The NDSLS invites a prominent speaker with a demonstrated commitment to social justice to present a lecture that firstly, addresses issues of national and international injustice and secondly, encourages and inspires guests to use their voices and vocation to change the world around them.

The lecture also provides a forum for the NDSLS to promote the work of their Fundraising Partner and for guests to make donations. All proceeds from the lecture are given to the NDSLS Fundraising Partner.

2017 Lecture – watch this space.

Past Lectures

2016: Being clear eyed and misty eyed about human rights and asylum seekers

Guest Speaker: Frank Brennan SJ AO

Fundraising Partner: The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS)

RACS is an independent community legal centre whose purpose is to provide a free, specialist legal service for asylum seekers and refugees. Through individual advice sessions, community education and public advocacy, RACS strives to ensure that individuals and families, at risk of persecution or other forms of significant harm, gain access to equal and fair representation before the law, and are granted protection by Australia, and opportunities to seek family unity, in accordance with Australia’s international obligations.

Amount raised: $1000

Download the paper version lecture here.

View full album: here.

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2015: ‘Indigenous Recognition and Indigenous Leadership

Guest Speaker: The Honourable Linda Burney MP, The First Aboriginal Australian in the NSW Parliament

Fundraising Partner: Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

The ALS is a non-government Aboriginal community organisation. They opened their doors in Redfern in 1970 as the first Aboriginal Legal Service in Australia and have been assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women, and children for over 40 years.

The ALS provide free and means-tested legal services in NSW and the ACT, and they represent people in criminal law, family law, and children’s care and protection law matters.

The ALS also produce films, newsletters, and education resources. They speak to people, particularly young people, about their legal rights and responsibilities. Their staff are highly experienced, knowledgeable, and know their communities. They are constantly advocating for Aboriginal People’s rights to justice to government and service providers. They have 23 offices and 180 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff across NSW and ACT working towards achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the community.

Amount raised: $1,000.00

Thank you to our sponsors – Maurice Blackburn Lawyers!

View the full photo album here.


 

2014: ‘Human Rights and Noble Fights: The Power of Vision in an Unjust World

Guest Speaker: Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Fundraising Partner: The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS)

RACS is an independent community legal centre whose purpose is to provide a free, specialist legal service for asylum seekers and refugees.  Through individual advice sessions, community education and public advocacy, RACS strives to ensure that individuals and families, at risk of persecution or other forms of significant harm, gain access to equal and fair representation before the law, and are granted protection by Australia, and opportunities to seek family unity, in accordance with Australia’s international obligations.

Amount raised: $3,564.79

Thank you to our sponsors – Benbro, TorTech and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers!

Listen to Professor Triggs’ lecture below!


2013: ‘Who the Law Leaves Behind and How Voices and Vocation Can Change the World

Guest Speaker: Graeme Innes AM, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Fundraising Partner: The Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

The Homeless Persons Legal Service provides free legal advice and ongoing representation to people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. This is facilitated by 10 legal clinics, which are hosted by welfare agencies, and staffed by law firms on a pro bono basis. HPLS participates in broader discussions on policy development, bringing the issue of homelessness out from obscurity and into the realm of public conscience.

Amount raised: $2015.70

Thank you to our sponsors Benbro and Maurice Blackburn!

Listen to Commissioner Innes’ lecture below!