If procuring distinguished keynote speakers were an art, it’s fair to say the Legal Studies Association of NSW have mastered it.
Indeed, at their annual state conference in March, delegates were delighted to hear from Mark Tedeschi QC, Senior Crown Prosecutor, among other esteemed professionals from the legal field.
Wayne Gleeson, LSA NSW treasurer and life member, says it is vital that all legal studies teachers get the chance to broaden their understanding of our legal system, and that learning from those working at the top is invaluable.
“We had 300 delegates there and very few of them would have law degrees, so we rely on sourcing our up-to-date knowledge from a number of these people.
“And over the years we’ve been able to develop relationships with different legal experts…”
Catering to all teachers – be they early career or highly experienced, the event still remained targeted, specific and honed in on what its delegates needed most.
“So what we do each year, is take the evaluations from the previous year, look at what teachers want, and then develop a program around that.
“Also we look at what law changes have occurred in the last 12 months, because as you can imagine with a subject like legal studies, there can be major changes in what’s happening in the law area,” Gleeson explains.
The educator says that attendees are always keen to gain the expertise of legal professionals, but at the same time they are after hands-on workshops where they can acquire new teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
“It’s about spending high quality time in the classroom rather than ordinary time in the classroom,” Gleeson notes.
Despite lacking an overall theme (“there is so much try and cover that we couldn’t put a theme to it,” Gleeson says) the fascinating concept of what constitutes moral and ethical behaviour in relation to the law was woven throughout the day.