This afternoon our new Education Manager Fiona Dea is heading up to Benalla to run our Law Talks program. This week’s program is notable for a couple of reasons – it’s the first time we’re taking the Law Talks program to Benalla AND it’s Fiona’s first Law Talks. Read on to find out what Fiona’s got planned for Benalla’s VCE legal studies students this week.
VCE legal studies students from the towns of Benalla, Kyabram, Yarrawonga, Mooroopna, Shepparton, Mansfield, Cobram, Rutherglen and Wangaratta are preparing to be inspired by an amazing line up of presenters working in the law from judges to police officers to lawyers and more.
Over the next two days a wide range of presenters working in the law will descend on the Benalla Town Hall to present to VCE legal studies students on legal topics that will help them with their studies, and hopefully inspire them to pursue a career in the law or a law related field. It’s a chance for these students to hear from leaders in various legal fields, who they would not otherwise have a chance to hear speak.
Victoria Law Foundation chose Benalla as the venue as it allowed us to reach a wide range of schools within the region from one central location.
Some of the legal topics up for discussion over the two days include: what makes an effective law, defamation and privacy laws, the criminal investigation process and behind Victoria’s jury system as well a session designed to assist them to study and prepare for their legal studies exams.
Presenters who kindly volunteer their time and expertise include Chair of Victoria Law Foundation the Honourable P.D. Cummins, Judge David Parsons on circuit at Shepparton County Court and representatives from Victoria Police, Benalla, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Office of the Juries Commissioner, Victoria Law Reform Commission, Dispute Settlement Centre Victoria and Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner.
We know that young people who are truly engaged with the law are better equipped to understand their legal responsibilities as they enter in adulthood. Let’s just say that we hope Benalla Law Talks will leave a lasting impression.
And if the success of past Law Talk programs is anything to go by…. here’s what one student had to say about Mildura Law Talks in June.
‘I was filled with the passion to continue my education in the legal faculty.’