2021 CLEAA Conference: Getting Lawyers to Eat Their Ethics Vegetables

A spotlight on Session #5 of CLEAA’s upcoming annual conference being held Friday 15 Oct, 9am-4.30pm AEDT.

CLEAA’s annual conference provides a forum for learning specialists and teachers in the legal sector to explore ideas, exchange information, and showcase current thinking.

Who should attend? Legal Learning & Development Specialists, Legal Educators and Researchers, Professional Development program designers; Coaches, Trainers and Private course providers.

You can find more information about the online conference here

Session 5: Getting Lawyers to Eat Their Ethics Vegetables

A look at new strategies to embed ethical learning in practice.

Ah ethics…. the skill that everyone agrees is intrinsic to the practice of law but is the hardest to teach and encourage practitioners to develop. We try to make learning practical and engaging, yet, it continues to be the pesky CPD point that everyone tries to get before March 31.

How can we change this perception? How can we embed ethical legal practice and behaviour through education and learning?

This session will rethink the learning conversation and explore ways we can help legal practitioners be ethical professionals.

Session Objectives

  • Understand the challenges associated with Ethics skill development in the profession
  • Discuss the practical application of the ethics guidance developed by the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner (VLSB+C), to enhance effectiveness of ethics training
  • Identify strategies to embed ethical learning in practice beyond CPD

Session Format: 45-minute Discussion and application. This session will be recorded.


Michelle Marfurt
Manager, Policy & Regulatory Strategy, VLSB+C
Michelle Marfurt manages the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner’s policy and regulatory strategy team. She is responsible for providing proactive and reactive policy and legal policy advice on issues affecting regulation of Victoria’s legal profession, and during her time at VLSBC has overseen important research in the areas of CPD, lawyer wellbeing and sexual harassment in Victorian legal workplaces. She has extensive regulatory policy experience, having worked for multiple industry regulators during her career in the public service.

Steve Mark
Director, Creative Consequences Pty Ltd
Lawyer by profession, previously practiced in Australia and UK. Past President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and more recently NSW Legal Services Commissioner. Presently Teaching Fellow in Ethics at UNSW Law School, and in Business Law at UNSW School of Management and Governance. Co-Principal of law, regulatory and business advisory consultancy, Creative Consequences P/L. Advisory Council of UNE Law School. Co-Founder/Director of Midnight Basketball charity for at risk and disadvantaged kids.

Kellie Hamilton (Chair)
GM Member Knowledge & Learning, Law Institute of Victoria and CLEAA Executive Member
Kellie is the General Manager, Member Knowledge and Learning at the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), where she has oversight of the design, development and delivery of high-quality outcomes focused continuing professional development learning programs, formal certification, and career and networking activities for the LIV. She is passionate about the opportunity her role affords to transform the nature of professional education and skill development for up to 20,000 legal practitioners every year.


Registration for CLEAA members is AUD $129.

Registration for members of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), members of the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) or members of HR Minds is AUD $219. Contact your secretariat for the discount code.

Standard Registration is AUD $249.

CLEAA Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the field of continuous legal education. Membership is $90 per annum and you can >> subscribe here

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