Conversations with In-House Counsel - ASX 100
Oct
14
6:30 PM18:30

Conversations with In-House Counsel - ASX 100

Room 109, Melbourne Law School (map)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in-house for a top ASX 100 company in the STEM fields? How is the work different from working in a full service firm? 

Join us for SATLA’s last event of the year! Our panel discussion will cover working as in-house counsel and how to go about pursuing a career in-house. We will also be discussing the impact that technology is having on the legal industry, including how it affects in-house work. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. The panel will be followed by a selection of food and beverages, including Lune Croissants, Brunettis and Milk the Cow cheese. 

The following panellists will be in attendance:

  • Verity White is Legal Counsel at Telstra and a member of its Legal Innovation Forum 

  • Chian Kee is General Manager Legal at AGL Energy in Customer Markets, Future Business & Technology

  • Anna Lozynski is General Counsel at L'Oreal

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SATLA x HSF - Legal Design Workshop
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

SATLA x HSF - Legal Design Workshop

Hear from Tessa Ramanlal and one other legal professional on the importance on legal design and focus on improving the user experience of legal services.

The workshop will involve getting your hands dirty with a practical, interactive exercise (legally designed to get your creative juices flowing!)

Finish by meeting some members of the Herbert Smith Freehills’ grassroots Design Thinking & Legal Tech team over drinks and canapés.

Tessa Ramanlal is a solicitor at HSF and was last year's recipient of the International Legal Tech Association Rising Star Scholarship. She is co-founder and director of Anika Legal, a non-for-profit organisation that is working hard to improve access to justice for all Victorians.

The second lawyer in attendance will be announced soon.

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Will New TGA Reforms Curb the Sale of Stem Cells Down Under?
Sep
2
6:30 PM18:30

Will New TGA Reforms Curb the Sale of Stem Cells Down Under?

Room 102, Melbourne Law School (map)

Please register your attendance here.

Join us for an engaging keynote delivered by Associate Professor Megan Munsie, which will investigate whether new reforms introduced by the Therapeutic Goods Association will be sufficient in curbing the big business of selling stem cells in Australia.

Over the last decade, a disconnect between scientific progress in stem cell and regenerative medicine, community expectations, and ambiguous Australian regulations around the manufacture and use of autologous cell and tissue products have combined to enable a thriving local industry based on promise rather than evidence of therapeutic benefit. The TGA has recently introduced reforms to the regulatory framework for biologicals that aim to strengthen oversight and protections for consumers. This presentation will review the likely impact of these reforms and explore whether these are sufficient or if additional regulatory and other considerations need to be applied.

Associate Professor Megan Munsie heads a research program in the ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell research at the University of Melbourne. For over a decade she has been a leading member of the Australian stem cell research community linking scientists, other scholars, policy makers and the communities most impacted by stem cell research. Her work demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary scholarship and empirical research to gain greater insights into community attitudes and how such research can be used to inform effective engagement and education strategies, as well as influence policy reform at a national and international level. In 2018 she was awarded the Public Service Award from the International Society for Stem Cell Research. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Stem Cell Systems at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Engagement, Ethics and Policy Program at Stem Cells Australia, a national science initiative funded by the Australian Research Council.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network and enjoy some refreshments after the keynote.

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SATLA x Clerkship Networking Evening
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

SATLA x Clerkship Networking Evening

Level 1, Melbourne Law School (map)

Join us for a networking evening filled with wine, an abundance of food and most importantly - lawyers! In attendance will be a range of lawyers from MinterEllison, Allens and Herbert Smith Freehills practising in a variety of fields, including intellectual property, medical negligence, innovation and applied legal technology.

Innovation and technological developments are at the forefront of how law firms will adapt to industry disruptions. Take this opportunity to speak with lawyers who practice in these fields before the clerkship season commences.

Firm lawyers in attendance will be updated in the coming days:

MinterEllison:

  • Rebecca Dutkowski (Lawyer & Patent/Trade Mark Attorney in Intellectual Property)

  • Libby Riekert (Lawyer in Medical Negligence)

  • James Webster (Lawyer in Intellectual Property)

  • Jessica McMurray (Lawyer (currently rotating))

Allens:

TBA

Herbert Smith Freehills

TBA


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Adapting to Disruption: Becoming a Lawyer of the Future
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Adapting to Disruption: Becoming a Lawyer of the Future

Allens, 37/101 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (map)

Please register your attendance here.

Join us for an interactive and informative discussion exploring the changing role of lawyers in an era of rapid change. We’ll share our perspective on what it takes to create lawyers of the future and facilitate group discussion about how to future-proof lawyers. You will be joined by three industry experts who will guide group discussions and share their diverse experiences and perspectives on becoming a lawyer of the future.

The night will include a ‘roundtable discussion’ component where each expert will facilitate group discussion between approximately 15 students. As such, attendees should anticipate that this event will be more immersive than the usual panel or presentation format.

As there is an interactive component and attendance is strictly limited, registration is absolutely essential. We encourage students to only register if they are certain they are attending, and to please de-register or directly message us if they are no longer able to attend.

There will be an opportunity for refreshments and networking following the event.

Industry experts that will be in attendance:

  • Innovation perspective: Liza Greenwood (Senior Manager of Innovation and Strategy Projects)

  • Applied Legal Technology perspective: Robert Milliken and Sandi Montalto (LawLab Project Managers)

  • Legal Perspective: Kye-Ren Cheong (Law Graduate - Corporate)


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Conversations with MinterEllison: Science and Technology Law
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Conversations with MinterEllison: Science and Technology Law

MinterEllison Offices, Level 23 North of the Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (map)

Please register your attendance here.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions on the night and engage with the panellists.

Do you want to know what working as a lawyer in the science and technology field involves and how to get there? Eager to learn more about intellectual property, medical negligence, technology and environmental law?

This panel event, hosted at MinterEllison, presents an exciting opportunity for law students to learn more about practising in science and technology law and hear from those involved in the sector.

The panel will feature senior lawyers from various backgrounds, including environmental engineering and computer science. They will share their experiences practising in science and technology law, the common challenges they have faced, as well as advice for students looking to pursue a career in these fields.

The following panellists will be in attendance:

  • Joshua Dellios (Partner - Environment and Planning Team);

  • Barbara de Brouwer (Special Counsel - Insurance and Corporate Risk - Medical Negligence);

  • Amy Surkis (Senior Associate - Dispute Resolution - IP);

  • Margaret Gigliotti (Senior Associate - Commercial and Regulatory Team - IT, Telecommunications, IP and Commercial Advisory).

Following the event there will be an opportunity to network, and refreshments will be provided.

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Cybersecurity & Targeted Hacking: Can MyHealth Protect Our Data?
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Cybersecurity & Targeted Hacking: Can MyHealth Protect Our Data?

Room 104, Melbourne Law School (map)

The implementation of the Government's 'My Health Record' system has been plagued by controversy and shifting public sentiment. Following months of debate around serious privacy concerns measured against the potential health benefits to be delivered by the digital record, more than 2.5 million Australians have chosen to opt out. Are consumer concerns over user data protection warranted, particularly in the context of recent breaches to political party networks?

This panel event will discuss the following topics:

  • The 'My Health Record' system;

  • New amendments to supporting legislation regarding privacy which have been introduced to protect user data; and

  • Whether legal approaches to cybersecurity issues are appropriate and adequate, particularly in light of the recent breaches to political party networks.

The following panellists will be in attendance:

  • Dr Megan Prictor is a Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School and a member of HeLEX@Melbourne (Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies).

  • Margaret Gigliotti is a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison in the Commercial and Regulatory Team - IT, Telecommunications, IP and Commercial Advisory.

  • Jamie Griffin is a Senior Associate at Allens in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology team.

  • Alida Vandewiele is a Telecommunications, Media and Communications Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.

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BigLaw and Start-Ups: A Commercial Perspective
Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

BigLaw and Start-Ups: A Commercial Perspective

Please register your attendance here as spaces are limited.

The relationship between BigLaw and start-ups is evolving. Top-tier commercial law firms are increasing their interaction with and offerings for start-up companies, such as Allens Accelerate and Herbert Smith Freehills Startup School.

This panel discussion will offer a unique perspective on the intersection between start-ups and the law. Panellists will discuss their personal experience working with start-ups and recent developments in start-up law, focussing on the interaction between BigLaw and start-ups, how this will evolve in the near future and its importance to law students.

There will be time for the audience to ask questions of the panel, and networking opportunities and refreshments served after the event.

The following panellists will be in attendance:

Michael Pattison is the founder of ContractProbe, a machine learning tool that can conduct legal document review in under 60 seconds. He is a lecturer of the MLS Start-Up Law subject, and a former partner at Allens.

Mandy Milner is a solicitor in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications team at Herbert Smith Freehills, and co-founder of HSF Startup School.

Claire Thompson is a Senior Associate in Mergers and Acquisitions at Herbert Smith Freehills, and is involved in HSF Startup School.

Leah Wickman is an Associate in Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Allens, and is involved in Allens Accelerate.

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My Health Record: "Distorting the Balance of Trust?”
Oct
2
1:00 PM13:00

My Health Record: "Distorting the Balance of Trust?”

Please register your attendance here. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.


This event is part of the Health Law and Ethics Network monthly seminar series, and will be co-hosted with SATLA, HeLEX@Melbourne, and the Centre for Media and Communications Law.

The My Health Record is now in its controversial ‘opt out’ phase. In this presentation, Dr Megan Prictor and Assoc Prof Mark Taylor of the HeLEX@Melbourne team will explore the My Health Record’s aims and legal framework, the current concerns and government responses, and provide context from the failed ‘Care.data’ project in the UK.

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Competition Issues in an Online World
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Competition Issues in an Online World

Please register your attendance here.

In light of the EU's record-breaking € 4.3 billion antitrust fine against Google for its Android system, let's discuss what it means to compete with digital platform intermediaries in an online world.

This panel event, co-hosted by the Victorian Society for Computers and the Law (VSCL), will explore key online players and the markets in which they operate before delving into the competition law issues raised in the online space.

Topics up for discussion include: (a) data, algorithms and adtech as competition gamechangers; (b) consumer awareness and understanding of how digital platform intermediaries operate; and (c) the role and issues to be tackled by competition law and regulators when it comes to big tech.

The following panellists will be in attendance:

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A Day in the Life of a Science and Technology Lawyer (Panel)
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

A Day in the Life of a Science and Technology Lawyer (Panel)

Please register your attendance here.

You are welcome to submit any questions you may have for the panellists at the link above. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and engage with the panellists at the event.

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What does the work of a science or technology lawyer actually entail? In partnership with MinterEllison, SATLA presents a panel of lawyers who will share their diverse experiences of working with science and technology sectors, how they got there and the pressing issues in their field.

The following speakers will be in attendance:

  • Barbara de Brouwer (Special Counsel – Insurance and Corporate Risk – Medical Negligence);
     
  • Amy Surkis (Senior Associate – Dispute Resolution – IP);
     
  • Margaret Gigliotti (Senior Associate – Commercial and Regulatory Team – IT, Telecommunications, IP and Commercial Advisory).

Following the event there will be opportunity to network, and refreshments will be provided.

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Law Apps and Legal Disruption
May
3
1:00 PM13:00

Law Apps and Legal Disruption

A Conversation with Julian Uebergang (Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Neota Logic), Associate Professor Jeannie Paterson (Melbourne Law School), and Blake Connell (Graduate Solicitor, Herbert Smith Freehills).

New technologies are rapidly disrupting the way law is practiced.  Law apps and other digital tools have the potential to increase business efficacy and access to justice; however the legal industry often lags behind others in adopting them.

Julian Uebergang, Assoc. Prof. Jeannie Paterson and Blake Connell will discuss how digital technology is changing legal products and services, and how law firms and legal education are responding to these changes. They will explore the new commercial and career opportunities enabled by law apps and technology, and the ongoing place for human lawyers in a disrupted and fragmented legal industry.

Julian will also introduce Neota Logic and why it is a popular choice for law apps, including the Law Apps subject at MLS.

The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions afterwards.


Neota Logic created a no-code software platform that allows non-programmers to build, test, maintain and deploy digital expert applications.

Julian Uebergang is the Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Neota Logic. He has extensive experience with technology services, business strategy and P&L accountability. He also has significant eDiscovery experience, having co-founded PinPoint Global in London and ultimately joining NASDAQ-listed Epiq Systems through acquisition to lead their international Client Services and Operations division.

Associate Professor Jeannie Paterson of MLS teaches and researches in the areas of contracts and consumer protection. She is the co-author (with Andrew Robertson and Arlen Duke) of Principles of Contract Law and Contract: Cases and Materials. Her current research covers, amongst other topics, the impact and potential of new technology in the consumer context. At MLS she teaches the JD subject New Technology Law, and the Australian Consumer Law Masters subject.

Blake Connell is a Graduate Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills. He graduated from the Melbourne JD in 2016, where he undertook the Law Apps subject and received the Neota Logic Award for Law Apps, and the Slater and Gordon Award for the Best Law App. His work at HSF often involves helping the firm deliver tech-based solutions to legal problems.

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Regulating Tragic Error: Learning from the Bawa-Garba Experience
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Regulating Tragic Error: Learning from the Bawa-Garba Experience

Presented by Professor Ian Freckelton of Melbourne Law School.

After the seminar audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, and refreshments will be served.

Please register your attendance here

 

Professor Ian Freckelton QC will consider the case of junior paediatrician Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, which shook the medical community after she was stripped of her medical registration following the death of a six-year-old boy under her care.

Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence and suspended from practice. In January this year, Britain’s General Medical Council successfully appealed to the High Court, and she was erased from the medical register.  

The decision has been highly controversial, with many raising concerns that the Court failed to take into account the pressures and systemic failings faced by NHS staff. Some have also pointed out the significant implications this outcome may have on the medical profession and the law of medical negligence.


Professor Ian Freckelton is a Queen’s Counsel at the Victorian Bar and a judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru. At the University of Melbourne he is a Professorial Fellow in Law and Psychiatry, and a Co-Director of the Health and Medical Law program. He is the Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine, Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and author of the 2017 book Tensions and Traumas in Health Law.

In 2015, Professor Freckelton was appointed a Commissioner at the Victorian Law Reform Commission to run its reference on medicinal cannabis. He is also a member of the Coronial Council of Victoria and of the Mental Health Tribunal.  He holds a “higher doctorate” (an LLD) from the University of Melbourne. In 2017, he led the legal team in the major human rights case into the children detained at Barwon Prison and is currently undertaking an independent investigation into the conduct of former Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.

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Building a Career in Intellectual Property
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Building a Career in Intellectual Property

  • Melbourne Law School, Room 102 (Level 1) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you considered pursuing a career in the area of intellectual property? Do you want to learn more about the career opportunities on offer in this unique area?

This panel event will feature three professionals from leading intellectual property firms who will share their insights into the unique career opportunities available in IP. We are delighted to announce that the panel will include:

  • Nik Ramchand, Patent Attorney and IP Lawyer, Davies Collison Cave

  • Dr Annabella Newton, Patent Attorney, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

  • Dr Jing Fung Tan, Patent Attorney, Griffith Hack

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided following the session, providing audience members with networking opportunities to speak directly with the panel members.

Please register your attendance here.

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Website Blocking Injunctions: Lessons from the UK and EU
Apr
13
6:30 PM18:30

Website Blocking Injunctions: Lessons from the UK and EU

  • Melbourne Law School, Room 920 (Level 9) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As Australian courts begin to apply s 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), it is timely to consider the experience of the English and European courts in relation to website blocking injunctions.
 
This presentation by Dr Jaani Riordan will consider the evolution of blocking remedies in the European Union, including:

  • emerging practices in relation to jurisdiction, discretion, costs, and safeguards;
  • the extension of blocking remedies to new categories of wrongdoing under the courts’ inherent jurisdiction;
  • the new phenomenon of ‘live’ blocking orders which target infringing transmissions of live sports broadcasts; and
  • practice and procedure in blocking applications.

Dr Jaani Riordan is a barrister at specialist intellectual property chambers 8 New Square in London, and has appeared in major blocking cases including Cartier International AG v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 658 and Football Association Premier League Ltd v British Telecommunications plc [2017] EWHC 480 (Ch).  He is the author ofThe Liability of Internet Intermediaries (OUP, 2016).

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 Panel talk: #Trump, #Brexit and the laws on data
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Panel talk: #Trump, #Brexit and the laws on data

The Melbourne Law School Science and Technology Law Association (SATLA) and the Victorian Society for Computers and the Law (VSCL) are co-hosting a panel discussion on the use and regulation of data analytics. This event will commence at 6pm and be followed by drinks and nibbles at 7pm. The event will be held at Melbourne Law School in Room G08.

Panelists for this event are Jon Lawrence (Executive Officer at Electronic Frontiers Australia), Tim Van Gelder (Co-lead on the SWARM Project and founder of Austhink), James Bailey (Data Analytics Prof) and Priyanka Nair (Tech and Privacy Lawyer).  

Topics up for discussion include: (a) techniques used in data analytics; (b) Cambridge Analytica and its use of psychometrics; (c) data being used to influence decision making; and (d) the state of laws governing the use of data - are they adequate?

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited, so please register here.

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Innovation, commercialisation and the law
Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

Innovation, commercialisation and the law

Have you ever had a great business idea but weren't sure what to do to make it a reality? This event, hosted by the Melbourne Law School Science and Technology Law Association (SATLA), will give you the chance to hear first hand from entrepreneurs, lawyers and venture capitalists about their experiences and insights in commercialising great ideas. Our panel includes:

- Philip Catania, partner and IP specialist at Corrs Chambers Westgarth
- Scott Vandonkellar, CTO of Zero Latency and a pioneer in free roam virtual reality
- Troy McCann, Managing Director and co-founder of the Melbourne Space Program
- Dr. Michael Panaccio, co-founder of Starfish Ventures


The panel discussion will be followed by a networking session over drinks. Please register your attendance here.

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Regulation of AI Systems
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

Regulation of AI Systems

Join us for a panel discussion on the regulation of artificial intelligence systems. Panelists for this event are:

  • Cyberlaw Professor Andrew Christie (Melbourne Law School),
  • Data scientist Chris Hausler (Zendesk),
  • Technology law partner Michael Pattison (Allens), and
  • Philosophy and ethics professor Rob Sparrow (Monash School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies)

Topics up for discussion include self-driving cars, autonomous weapons systems, ethical decision-making frameworks and where the liability falls for the actions of AI systems.

Please register your attendance here.

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