ACJI hosts a variety of public lectures, seminars, events and executive and continuing education featuring experts from Australia and overseas.

Upcoming Events...

(Re)assessing the “Grand Bargain”: The history and current status of compensation for work injury in the U.S.

The U.S. system of workers’ compensation insurance is generally governed by state-based regulation, privately funded by employers, and vulnerable to local political forces. There have been two attempts to have a national conversation regarding issues of adequacy and equity within the system. The first was initiated under the same national legislation that established the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and culminated in a report by the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws in 1972 which found that the system was neither adequate nor equitable. The second was an attempt in the waning years of the Obama Administration to raise concerns about the growing inadequacy of these state systems.

This talk will outline the history and current status of workers’ compensation in the U.S., with a review of some of the contextual forces that continue to shape the contours of the programs in the states.

Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017
Time: 5.00pm arrival for a 5.15pm start
Venue: Monash Law Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: 26 October 2017

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Professor Emily Spieler About Emily Spieler

Emily Spieler is the Edwin W. Hadley Professor of Law and Emeritus Dean at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.  She has written and spoken extensively on issues related to workers’ compensation and workplace safety, and she has twice testified before the U.S. Congress regarding workers’ compensation and safety-related workplace retaliation. Professor Spieler is currently a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, a Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a member of the Workers’ Compensation Data Study Panel of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Chair of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Labor, and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto, Canada.  Prior to beginning her academic career, Professor Spieler practiced labor and employment law in Boston, Massachusetts, and in West Virginia, where she also served as commissioner of the WV Workers’ Compensation Fund, an exclusive state fund.

Recent Events...

Class actions, litigation funding and access to justice

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) is currently inquiring into access to justice issues arising in connection with class actions and litigation funding. In this lecture, A/Prof Michael Legg (UNSW Law) will address selected questions raised in the VLRC's discussion paper dealing with the regulation of litigation funders and lawyers, including common fund orders and contingency fees, the certification of class actions and the settlement of class actions.

Commentary will be provided by Dr Tania Penovic (Monash Law) and Mr David Burstyner (Adley Burstyner).

About Michael Legg

Michael Legg is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative at UNSW Law. He specialises in civil and regulatory litigation, class actions, and litigation funding.  He is the author of Case Management and Complex Civil Litigation (2011) published by Federation Press, co-author of Annotated Class Actions Legislation (2014) and editor of Resolving Civil Disputes (2016), both published by LexisNexis. His research has been cited in judgments from the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria, and in law reform reports by the Australian Law Reform Commission, NSW Law Reform Commission and Victorian Law Reform Commission. Michael is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Class Actions Committee. Michael has 18 years of experience as a legal practitioner having worked with leading Australian and US law firms.

Date: 7 September 2017 
Time: 6-7:15pm
Venue: Monash Law Chambers

Responding to the litigant in person challenge: Where to from here?

Presented by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin and Justice Kevin Bell AM

The Australian Centre for Justice Innovation is delighted to host a public lecture about future directions for policy and practice regarding self-represented litigants. 

The rise of self-represented litigants has been recognised as a phenomenon across the common law world. The last decade has seen increasing attention given to the issue by policy makers, researchers, lawyers and the judiciary. This discussion will consider the evidence base and responses developed to date and ask, "where should we go from here"? This question will be considered in terms of future directions for research, policy, and practice, with particular reference to Justice Bell’s decision in Matsoukatidou v Yarra Ranges Council [2017] VSC 61.

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017
Time: 5:30-7pm
Venue: Monash Law Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin About Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Legal Issues Centre, University of Otago New Zealand. Bridgette studied law and political studies at the University of Auckland and has an LLM from Harvard Law School, where she studied as a Frank Knox Fellow. She has worked as an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, a High Court Judges' Clerk, as a human rights lawyer at Cambodian Defenders Project in Phnom Pehn and as a civil litigation in New Zealand and Australia. In 2015 she completed her PhD examining litigation in person in the New Zealand civil courts. Bridgette’s research has an empirical focus, investigating access to justice, the legal profession, judging, dispute resolution and civil procedure.

Judge Bell

About Justice Kevin Bell AM

Justice Kevin Bell AM has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria since2005.  Before that, his Honour was a barrister for twenty years, eight as Queens Counsel.  He has delivered many leading judgments in the human rights field and the duty of courts towards self-represented persons, including Matsoukatidou v Yarra Ranges Council [2017] VSC 61 (28 February 2017), which examines the subject from the point of view of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).  In the Australia Day Honours List, Justice Bell was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law and the judiciary, human rights and native title, and the community.

The School Lawyer Program: Providing accessible legal services to young people

Presented by Vincent Shin, Shorna Moore, Monique Hurley and Semisi Kailahi.

The Australian Centre for Justice Innovation collaborated with the Progressive Law Network to host a public lecture on the School Lawyer Program. This innovative program improves access to justice by providing accessible legal services to young people within their school community.

The program has assisted students and parents with a broad range of legal issues including consumer law problems, criminal law matters, family law and family violence matters, homelessness, fines and employment law problems.The program also provides legal education to students, which helps to prevent legal issues that may impact their school attendance and performance. 

Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
Time: 5.45pm Arrival, 6.00-7.00pm Presentation
Venue: Monash Law Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

School Lawyer Panel

Careers in Legal Tech and Entrepreneurship

Digital disruption is coming for the legal profession.
Will you lose your job to a robot? How will you adapt to the changing legal landscape?

The rise of technology and artificial intelligence presents unique challenges for future lawyers. It also provides opportunities for making the justice system more accessible and user-friendly.

ACJI collaborated with the Monash Law Students' Society on 10 May 2017 to bring students a panel discussion about how thinking innovatively can shape their future career. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from legal innovators and entrepreneurs on how they’ve harnessed technology to solve legal problems.


  • Eloise Burge - Litigation Lawyer turned User Experience Designer at Portable.
  • Kate Ashmor - Founder of Melbourne-based ‘digital’ law firm, Ashmor Legal.
  • Alex Lia - Founder of legal services business, Lexicon Law, and current Arts/Law student.

Community Courts: Producing Better Results Internationally Using
Procedural Justice, Therapeutic and Problem-Solving Principles

Speaker: Hon Alex M Calabrese, Presiding Judge, Red Hook Community Justice Center, New YorkView video

Jurisdictions across the world are establishing community courts to build trust between court, police and community, to reduce crime, recidivism and incarceration while saving millions of dollars. In this presentation Judge Calabrese will discuss the principles used by community courts to produce better results for courts, communities, police, victims and offenders.

The problem-solving approach has received international and national attention, attracting high level government officials, Chief Justices and a steady stream of visitors. Community courts based on the Red Hook and Neighbourhood Justice Centre models have opened across the United States and around the world as the community court movement expands. Red Hook and Neighbourhood Justice Centre are seen as models for the successful application of procedural justice and fairness principles and therapeutic resolutions.His Honor Justice Alex M. Calabrese

Hon Alex M Calabrese, Presiding Judge
Alex M. Calabrese is an Acting Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York and the Presiding Judge of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the most comprehensive community court in the United States. As the only Justice that presides over this court, with Criminal, Family and Housing Court jurisdiction, Judge Calabrese is able to administer justice by offering an array of sanctions and services, including drug and mental health treatment, youth services, education and training programs and peacemaking.

Judge Calabrese advises and presents nationally and internationally on community justice, problem-solving courts and procedural justice/fairness principles. He is an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Graduate School of Social Work and he co-authored a treatise entitled “Criminal Law and Practice” which is published and revised annually by the New York State Bar Association.

The Red Hook Community Justice Center has received the 2006 Problem-Solver Award from the American Bar Association, the 2008 NCJA Outstanding Program Award, the 2013 Robin Hood Heroes Award and the 2014 CEI Education Award.

Recorded Webinar:

Legal Ethics and Climate Change
Confidentiality vs Professional Duties

Is there an emerging duty on lawyers to protect shareholder value by blowing whistles about their clients' activities?

Legal ethics has traditionally valued client confidentiality above all other professional duties, but confidentiality generally is disintegrating and the underlying loyalties of lawyers are increasingly important.

Where are the legal implications for stakeholders, including lawyers, when client confidentiality is at odds with shareholder interest?

This webinar will explore these and related issues, including the notion of excessive adversarialism, lawyers' honesty and their connections to the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules.

Cost: $55.00

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Purchase includes:

  • The full webinar recordingProf Adrian Evans
  • The presentation slide deck

Presented by Prof Adrian Evans
Adrian Evans has taught, practised law and consulted in a clinical legal education context for thirty five years at LaTrobe and Monash Universities, Australia.  He has published in relation to quality clinical-traditional links in law teaching, client attitudes to lawyers, the values of legal practitioners, monitoring and controlling lawyer corruption and the ethical environment in which lawyer’s fidelity compensation is addressed locally and internationally.

He is currently exploring the emerging links between legal ethics and climate defence. His latest book is The Good Lawyer, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2014.