Government Law Afternoon 2023

Government Law Afternoon 2023

The Law Society’s Government Law Committee presents an afternoon seminar designed for members who work in government at Territory or Commonwealth level.

Artificial intelligence, the new National Anti-Corruption Commission and legal ethics will all be on the agenda when three special guest speakers address government lawyers.

Featuring an expert in innovation, the inaugural Commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission and an ACT Supreme Court judge, this government law afternoon is sure to offer valuable insights to legal practitioners of all experience levels.


  • When: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday 8 November 2023 (Registrations open from 12pm)
  • Where: The Boat House by the Lake - Menindee Drive, Barton
  • Lunch is available via buffet between 12pm -1pm
  • Members will earn 3 CPD points (one point each in Core Area 1, Core Area 2 and Core Area 4)
  • Cost (incl GST): $180 members, $240 non-members, $45 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close 26 October 2023



Ethics and government lawyers

Justice David Mossop has been a judicial officer in Canberra since 2012, serving as a magistrate and coroner before being elevated to the ACT Supreme Court.

An Australian National University graduate, he practised for nearly 20 years before being appointed to the bench.

In this session, Justice Mossop will address legal ethics and professional responsibility for government lawyers.

Artificial intelligence and the law

Professor Nicholas Davis co-leads the Human Technology Institute at the University of Technology Sydney. The institute is a new initiative aimed at building Australia's capability on ethical and responsible artificial intelligence (AI).

In this session, he will explain what AI is, how it influences humans, the harms and risks to keep in mind, the Territory and Commonwealth laws that govern its use, and more.

Government lawyers and the new Anti-Corruption Commission

Paul Brereton SC is the Commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

A retired judge NSW Supreme Court judge, he also served as an Assistant Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force while investigating allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan.

In this session, Commissioner Brereton will discuss government lawyers and the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Event registration terms and conditions

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you are a close contact of an active covid case, or feel unwell in the lead up to the event, we kindly ask you not to attend. 

In these circumstances, please advise us by email prior to the event start time and we will issue you a full refund. Contact us on

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.2% surcharge may be incurred on payments processed via credit/debit card. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'New Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means any member holding a student membership.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.




Member Ticket $180.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member $240.00(GST incl.) Register
CLC/Students $45.00(GST incl.) Register



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