Hybrid Friday 14 October, 9am – 4:30pm AEDT

Future Frontier: Educating Lawyers for a New World

All Sessions are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (MELBOURNE, CANBERRA, SYDNEY)

The evolution of the environment in which lawyers practice is advancing rapidly.  Client deliverables and expectations are changing;  clients are demanding lawyers understand and advise on more than the law. Legal work is more tech focussed with new tools promising efficiencies.  The new lawyers needs to work differently in the legal workplace. A different kind of leadership is needed to support this change and support all practitioners from its most junior members to its most experienced.


You will leave the 2023 CLEAA Conference with:

  • Confidence knowing what your lawyers need to know
  • Bold ideas of how to curate a curriculum covering perennial and new themes
  • Excitement for how you will shape your legacy and new lawyers for the future

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

With an array of international guest speakers this year’s conference will explore an array of essential skills for the legal educator.

Who should attend?

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

CLEAA members represent Law Firms, Law Schools and Colleges, Legal Societies and Regulators, and private providers of training, coaching and leadership courses.


Member – $250
Non-Member – $400

Member – $350
Non-Member – $500

We encourage non-members to join CLEAA at $120 member price and take advantage of the member price to attend the conference.  Membership expires 30 June 2024.

9.00am Conference Opening & Welcome

Session 1

Digital and Hybrid Learning from Internship to CPD and Everything In-between

A panel discussion with:
Terri Mottershead, Principal of Mottershead Consulting; Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific) at The College of Law (CLI)
Daniel Nivern, CEO and Co-Founder, Virtual Internships
Jan Christie, Director Capability + Organisational Development, Gilbert + Tobi

It’s highly unlikely training for lawyers will ever again be in one room at one time. Learning is moving to a dramatically shorter pace of delivery. The need for the learning content is more experiential. Different career paths require different learned skills.  Listen to those with hands on experience of designing online training programs that fit the new remote training needs.

  • Understand concept to delivery models for remote learning
  • Examine the differences in the content of remote in the new delivery modes
  • Consider why we need to change learning models to fit the needs of the current and future professionals
  • Understand when it is not good to adopt online learning modules
  • Insights into what technical and content needs to be considered when potentially including an online training element
  • Thoughts on practical ways to assess training that has taken place online
  • Understanding of the career path needs of professionals and the imperative to be able to assist those needs


Session 2

Future-proofing Leadership Development in a Fast-Changing Legal Sector

Dr Nigel Spencer, Director, Hub for Professional Practice, Queen Mary, University of London

In this session Nigel Spencer will look at how we can best upskill our current leadership cohort and also best prepare the next generation of leaders for a fast-changing legal sector, speaking about topics including:

  • Given the fast-changing nature of legal practice, what skills do we need to build in our current and future leaders?
  • What are the likely future “personas” of legal sector professionals whose skills clients will seek out in the coming years?
  • Do we aim to create leaders who are specialists or multi-skilled professionals?  In other words, what breadth of skill-set do we need to build specifically in our current and future leaders – and which skills will be brought to clients by other professionals in increasingly multi-disciplinary teams?
  • What learning cultures in our practices do we need to create to best develop the best possible “future leader” cohort?


Session 3

Skills, Understandings and Knowledge  Updates Current Legal Professionals Need to Practice in a Climate Conscious Era

Professor Nicole Graham, Professor and Associate Dean, Education, University of Sydney; Principal Lawyer, Environmental Defenders Office

Climate understanding is going to be pervasive through many areas of legal practice and the future legal professional will need a brand new set of legal knowledge and skills to be able to navigate the interface of climate on other non-climate related areas of law, such as contract, insurance, corporate governance, health, even property issues plus many other areas.


  • To start to understand the knowledge that future lawyers will need
  • To explore the new skills required


Session 4

Apps You Want to Meet: Speed Dating with the Latest Apps

Ann-Maree David, Executive Director, College of Law (Brisbane)

Do you struggle to keep up to date with the new apps that might be useful for your productivity and foir your program delivery, or just fun to use.  This session will introduce you to a bevvy of new and useful apps that you will want to start to use immediately. 


Be introduced to new apps that may prove useful.

Session 5

Bridging Law and Technology: Essential Skills and Training for Today’s Legal Landscape

A panel discussion with: 
Simon Anderson, Futurist and Founder of Venture Foresight from the USA
Kate Galloway, Associate Professor, Griffith Law School and Director Career Readiness for Arts Education and Law

LegalTech competency is a non-negotiable for lawyers of all seniority. However, these are different to general familiarity with technology. The panel will identify what core competencies will be expected of lawyers, what is being taught at law schools and from what base will employers be taking on the education baton.


  • Understand what the non-negotiable tech skills for lawyers are
  • What tech competencies are being embedded by law schools
  • From what base law firms need to continue providing LegalTech training to lawyers

Session 6

Case Study: Future Proofing Governance Professionals

Mark Wilburn, General Manager, Governance Institute of Australia
Dr Marcus Bowles, Director and Chairperson, The Institute of Working Futures
The Institute of Governance is producing a skills capability framework to bring Governance Professionals the skills required for the future workplace. This will be a Case Study on understanding future workplace skills and building a future skills capability framework.


To understand the skills training other Professional bodies are currently undertaking to ensure their professionals are prepared and capable of providing services given projected future skills needs.


4:30pm Conference Close