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​Free seminar: children and the law, 28 September


What are the issues that may arise for children before the court and challenges for children's participation in the legal system?

Explore this and more at a free seminar at the University of Sydney: ‘Children and the law: children's representation and their voice in the legal system.’

The seminar hosted by Juvenile Justice NSW​ will explore children's legal representation in the Children's Court and how children have a voice through the legal system.

High-profile speakers include:

Judge P Johnstone, President of the NSW Children's Court.
Prior to becoming a judge, Peter was a senior partner in the national law firm, Blake Dawson Waldron (now known as Ashurst). Peter was a councillor of the Law Society of NSW from 2001, and in 2006 was the President-Elect. He was appointed to the District Court bench in May 2006, where he sat in trials in both the civil and criminal divisions of the Court. In 2012 he was appointed as President of the Children's Court.

Kylie Beckhouse, Churchill Fellowship Recipient and Family Law Specialist, NSW Legal Aid.
Kylie was appointed to head the Family Law Practice of NSW Legal Aid in 2009. Prior to this she held senior management roles throughout Legal Aid NSW, including Central Sydney, Liverpool, Parramatta, Blacktown and Child Support Service. Her earlier experience includes seven years in private practice. Kylie is also appointed to the Family Law Council of Australia and the NSW Children's Court Advisory Committee. In 2014 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate the administration of child legal representation schemes in overseas jurisdictions.

Felicity Bell, Lecturer, School of Law, University of Wollongong.
Felicity's research is in the area of family law, children and the law and legal professional ethics. Her PhD thesis is an empirical study of Independent Children's Lawyers, who represent the interests of children in family law disputes. She is interested in identity construction, ideas of best practice and ethical obligation among lawyers. ​

Time: 6 - 8pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: Sydney Law School, Law Foyer (level 2), New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, registration essential

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429


It's a free event but registration is essential. Further details in link: