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CLEAA Conference Oct 15-16, 2020

Our conference theme “Disruption and Innovation” has now become a daily reality for all of us with this year's pandemic. With the drive for innovation at rapid speed, we are pleased to present a range of speakers and topics on this theme at the CLEAA 2020 annual conference. We welcome all with an interest in continuing legal education to register and join us.

Over two half days, we’ll hear from experts on diversity, change, technology and online learning.  We will also gain insights into CPD topics for the online practice environment including the new complexities in relation to ethics, practice management and substantive law.

Registering for this CLEAA conference offers more than just attendance at this event,  it opens the door to a range of benefits - access to our free webinars on legal education topics, our regular CLEAATalk newsletter, and, as always, CLEAA provides you with a unique opportunity to come together with others who have similar functions in their organisations.

Conference Registration

To register and pay, please click below:

Standard Registration: $75* (GST free)
(*includes membership of CLEAA for this financial year)

All current CLEAA Members attend FREE!

If you have already renewed your CLEAA Membership this financial year, you do not need to register – your name will be on the Conference Registration list. If you have not received email confirmation, please login to Your CLEAA to check your subscription.

Day One: Thursday, 15 October 2020

Disruption – Embracing a Year of Change

“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument and debate” (Margaret Heffernan)

1:00pm Welcome and Introductions

1:15pm–2:00pm Acknowledgement of Country - Increasing Cultural Literacy

Jennifer Mar Young, Director, Client Relationships, Arilla Indigenous Consulting

Jennifer Mar Young of Arilla Indigenous Consulting will open our conference and build understanding of First Nations People with an interactive experience. Bring your questions to make the most of this session. Jennifer’s knowledge is extensive and there is no question that she hasn’t heard before. If you have been wondering what to say / not say or how to position something this is a great chance to ask an expert.


2:00pm–2:15pm
Game Rules for a Digital Conference

Natalie Wieland, Founder, Vidversity and
Anna Hinder, Director, Searl Street Consulting


2:15pm–3:00pm
Diversity & Inclusion

Maureen Frank, Chief Disruption Officer, Emberin


3:00pm–3:30pm
Roundtable Discussion:
Constructive Stories in a Challenging Year

2020 has been a year of disorientation and professional development. Our panelists will kick off a session designed to give us an opportunity to share what we have learned and what we need to plan to implement going forward.


3:30pm – BREAK – 3:45pm


3:45pm–4:45pm
What your Lawyers Need to Know about Advocacy in a Virtual Environment

Hon. Justice Forbes, Supreme Court of Victoria

T D Bourke, Magistrate, Lead Magistrate CMS Project and Online Magistrates' Court, Magistrates Court of Victoria

Sarah Codde, Digital Litigation Business Transformation Manager, Supreme Court of Victoria

The courts and alternative dispute resolution options have shifted online. This is not entirely new for some lawyers and decision-makers, but now we all need to develop skills for the virtual environment. In this session, we will hear from the people who work in these spaces and get an overview of best practices and processes for being effective advocates.


4:45pm–4:50pm
Close the formalities for the day


4:50pm–5:30pm
Social Session

Join “The Social Session” to discover who's participating in the 2020 Conference, make meaningful connections, and above all, have fun! After all, an Annual CLEAA Conference without a social event where you can connect with your colleagues and old friends would just not be the same.


Day Two: Friday, 16 October 2020

Innovation – Making the Most of Disruption

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”
(Winston Churchill)


9:30am–9:55am
AGM open to all financial members


10:00am–10:15am
Welcome to Day 2

Ann-Maree David, Executive Director,
The College of Law Queensland

Back by popular demand, Ann-Maree David will share her top tech tips for 2020 and beyond.


10:15am–11:15am
Delivering CPD in a Pandemic – Some Global Insights

Karen Lee, Chief Equity and Professional Development Officer, Oregon State Bar
Nathaniel T. Trelease, President , WebCredenza, Inc
Kristin Huotari, Publications Director, Colorado Bar Association CLE, President-Elect, Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA)

With the world turned upside down from the pandemic, how quickly individuals and organizations pivot will be a key indicator of their future existence. CPD may be positioned to not only survive but thrive in prolonged conditions that will have long-term effects on the legal profession. Using real time responses from viewers, share in a discussion of what happened to CPD when everything fell apart and where we might be headed as the pieces are reassembled into the “new normal.”


11:15am – BREAK – 11:20am


11:20am–12:15pm
Innovation in Learning Tech

Sharmaine Gewohn, Director, UNSW Edge

Daniel Fish, Director of Education, GO1

Rodney Beach, Group Managing Director, Liberate Learning

Innovation in learning tech was already gathering pace before the pandemic.  This session will look at how technology is delivering a whole new level of learner experience and learning effectiveness.  The focus will be on practical tips and lessons learnt to ensure your learning is the highest quality and impact - whatever the tech.   Anna Hinder will run a panel session styled after the ABC’s The Drum with panel guests to give you plenty of ideas to apply to your own learning programs and look at your own learning tech skills.


12:15pm–1:00pm
Explore the 3R’s in CHIT CHAT Tables

Join a table with a topic of interest, or just a group that you would like to chit-chat with in this time dedicated to catching up and connecting with others attending.  Many CLEAA members will have found memories of the conference dinners and this is a change to bring a social element to the conference.   We have three themes - resilience, resistance and remote working.  Or start your own discussion - the important part is the Chit-Chat!


1:00pm–1:15pm
Closing Remarks

All current CLEAA Members attend FREE!

If you have already renewed your CLEAA Membership this financial year, you do not need to register – your name will be on the Conference Registration list. If you have not received email confirmation, please login to Your CLEAA to check your subscription.

CLEAA Conference Registration

To register and pay, please click below:

Standard Registration: $75* (GST free)
(*includes membership of CLEAA for this financial year)