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"A conversation over breakfast with Judge Judy Small AM"

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Moe Regional Office of Department of Education and Training

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We, the Respectful Relationships team for Inner Gippsland, warmly invite you to join us for a conversation over a light breakfast with Judge Judy Small AM, on Friday 24th November in Moe, starting at 7:30am and finishing at 9:00 am. Please read Judge Judy's biography below. We apologise in advance that we are not able to cater for any special dietary requirements.

Our breakfast conversation marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism campaign:

The Victoria Against Violence (VAV) — 16 Days of Activism campaign commences on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 25 November 2017 and concludes on International Human Rights Day, on 10 December 2017.

Our campaign aligns with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence initiative originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute, coordinated by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

Now in its third year the 16 day initiative, seeks to turn Victoria’s attention to the devastating impact that family violence has on the lives of so many. It brings together families, businesses, students, community centres and organisations from across the state for one common purpose: to unite to end violence against women and girls and to educate the community about the key role that gender inequality plays in causing family violence and all forms of violence against women. https://www.vic.gov.au/women/family-violence-prevention/victoria-against-violence.html

Judge Judy Small AM Biography

The law is Judge Small’s third profession. She began her working life as a psychologist working with drug and alcohol addicted clients and the survivors of sexual abuse. She then spent 16 years travelling the world as folk singer – a childhood dream. She was awarded membership in the Order of Australia in 2013 for her significant contribution to folk music.

She completed her law degree in 1989 but did not serve Articles until 1998, being admitted to the profession in May 1999. She thinks she holds the record for the length of time taken between beginning law school and admission to practice – in her case 19½ years.

Judge Small’s practice has always been in Family Law and, which is not surprising given her previous experience as a psychologist, and she became an Accredited Specialist in Family Law in 2005.

She spent six years in private practice before joining Victoria Legal Aid in 2004, and was appointed as Director of Family, Youth & Children’s Law in 2010.

Judge Small was appointed to the bench of the Federal Circuit Court in 2013 and was the first judge to be sworn in to the newly-named court.

She has a passion for children’s welfare and particularly for protecting children from the impact of family violence and child abuse. She is also concerned to ensure that self-represented litigants are treated with the same respect and dignity of any represented litigant and that their voices are clearly heard in the court.

She has a keen sense of humour and has embraced the notion of being called “Judge Judy” on the principle that “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”.


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