The ‘Long arm’ of Law Week 2010 in NSW

The ‘long arm of the law’ will ‘wave’ during Law Week 2010 celebrations from 17-22 May, with hundreds of events being held in suburbs, towns and regions across NSW.
Mr. Bill Grace, President of the Far North Coast Law Society, said “Law Week is an annual event that aims to promote greater understanding within the community of the law, the legal system and the legal profession. This year, Law Week on the Far North Coast will focus on educating primary school children about the law and how it affects them.”

Far North Coast Law Society representative, Guy Latham of Somerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors, talks with Wollongbar Public School captains Nic Alcorn, Chloe Hughes, Jack McCabe and Caylene Withers about Law Week

Primary school children come into contact with many aspects of our legal system, either directly or indirectly, and Law Week is a perfect opportunity for local solicitors to help children understand how the rules affect them. Rules of the road, divorce, crimes and neighbourhood disputes all touch upon the everyday lives of Australian children and their parents.

“By supporting teachers and students with school visits and excellent resource materials, we hope to make learning about the law more fun” Mr. Bill Grace said.
The Far North Coast Law Society will distribute a special book called “Why Should I?” to all primary schools in the area during Law Week 2010. This is supported by an online teacher’s resource and specifically developed lesson plans. The focus is on using humour and group exercises to encourage children to read about the law, understand it and research it further through their school library, the Internet or by asking their parents and teachers.

Mr. Bill Grace said “Many of our local solicitors will be visiting primary schools this week and talking directly to the children. We hope this will help them develop a positive attitude to the law.”

For a list of all Law Week events being held in NSW, see: www.lawweek.org.au

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