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Advocacy in the local and district courts of NSW - 2017

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Wollongong Local Court

Market St & Church St

Wollongong, NSW 2500


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Advocacy in the local and district courts of NSW - Workshop

Two days of professional training and networking

Accredited for full MCLE points

Networking dinner - Saturday night

The must-attend advocacy workshop encouraging knowledge sharing and networking opportunities for early career legal practitioners

The Advocacy Project

Designed for:

Early career legal practitioners seeking to improve their skills and increase their confidence in courtroom advocacy

Total CPD Units:

Presented by:
Tim Sharman | Sharman Robertson Solicitors
Michael Lalor | Managing Lawyer (ACT) with the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

Joining the instructor team for the workshop will be senior members of the judiciary and bar both current and retired.

Workshop overview:

This two-day workshop provides early career legal practitioners an opportunity to grow their advocacy skills and knowledge in a dynamic courtroom environment. It provides continuing professional development (CPD) points across the areas of ethics, personal and practice management, substantive law and advocacy.

On day one, participants will be guided through a thorough overview of theoretical and practical aspects of courtroom advocacy as well as extensive general “tips and tactics”. A relaxed round table dealing with courtroom ethics and etiquette will be held on day two of the workshop.

Participants are provided with all necessary factual and background scenario material and although not mandatory participants are encouraged to film their advocacy for review.

Individual feedback is provided by our experienced presenters together with practical tips for appearing in the Local and District Courts of NSW.

All Advocacy Project workshops provide participants with a unique opportunity to established valuable and enjoyable networks with colleagues within the profession.

At the conclusion of the workshop participants will:

  • Understand how to analyse factual scenarios and develop submissions in a common sense fashion
  • Understand how to frame those submissions within a legal context using clear, concise and everyday language
  • Understand how to present those submissions in in a practical, engaging manner
  • Have established valuable and enjoyable networks with colleagues within the profession

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November 2017

Day one: 8.45am for a 9.00am start – 4.30pm
Day two: 9.00am – 12.00noon

Morning tea, lunch and refreshments
Networking dinner - Saturday 25 November

Wollongong Local Court
Market St & Church St, Wollongong

Cost (incl GST):

  • Standard price: $1,190
  • Discounted price - NSW Young Lawyer members: $990

Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and networking dinner are provided

Cancellation Policy:

For cancellations up to Friday 10 November, the amount paid less 20% will be returned. No refunds will be made after Friday 10 November 2017, unless the event is cancelled by The Advocacy Project.

A minimum of 15 people are required for this workshop to proceed. The Advocacy Project reserves the right to cancel an event due to circumstances which would make the event non-viable. In the event a workshop is cancelled, registered participants will be offered a full refund.


The Advocacy Project is an initiative focused on increasing standards of courtroom advocacy within the legal profession.

Each participant will be given an individual piece of advocacy to complete in both a local court and district court setting. The setting will be as realistic as possible and utilise actual courthouses. Presiding judicial members will be either sitting or retired members of the NSW judiciary/magistracy or senior members of the bar.

Experience has shown us that the criminal jurisdiction provides the clearest framework within which to develop participant’s inherent advocacy skills. Each participant will be given a particular scenario which will be finalised at sentence in the summary jurisdiction. Unfortunately the finalisation of the matter will be delayed by appeal to the district court. This will provide participants with an introduction to appellate advocacy.

Workshops presented by the project are unashamedly practical in their focus and interactive in their delivery. It is intended that while presenters are responsible for the broad structure of workshops, there should be enough flexibility for a significant proportion of content to be determined by participants. However, it is a point of difference between our project and other advocacy courses that the availability of presenters, including presiding judicial members, does not cease at the conclusion of the formal course. Our experience has been that much can be gained by the exchange of ideas and information in a relaxed setting, and to this end all workshops include dinner at a local restaurant after the conclusion of the formal coursework.

There are no “stupid questions” at an Advocacy Project workshop.

About the facilitators

The Advocacy Project is coordinated by Tim Sharman and Michael Lalor.

Tim brings over 20 years’ experience as a legal practitioner. For most of that time he has taught within practical legal training courses at the Australian National University, and is recognised as one of the leaders of the profession in the ACT and surrounding regions of NSW. Tim has appeared in all major courts in the ACT and NSW.

Michael is the Managing Lawyer (ACT) with the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT). Over the course of 15 years practice he has been engaged in both private legal practice and also as a managing lawyer in a number of public law entities. He has also lectured within the practical legal training program administered by the ANU.

Both Tim and Michael have a particular interest in, and empathy with, practitioners in their early years of practice.

Industry experts

Joining the instructor team for the workshop will be senior members of the judiciary and bar both current and retired. These leaders of the profession share the same goal as the Advocacy Project – that by aiding the junior members of the legal profession we are strengthen the profession as a whole by working with the leaders of tomorrow.

All instructors recognise that informal “debriefing sessions” following course work can be a powerful source of knowledge sharing and consolidation. To that end participants and instructors will be able to mingle during breaks and in a more relaxed setting following the conclusion of the course proper. A strong element of collegiality is encouraged on the part of all.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, provided you let us know at:

How can I contact the organiser?

Email us at:

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Proof of NSW Young Lawyer's membership if applicable.

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