Law Society Skillnet Symposium 2017

Event Type Law Society Skillnet
Discounted Fee € 150.00
CPD Hours 5.5 CPD General Hours (by Group Study)
Date 24 March 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 pm



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Miscarriages of Justice - Lawyers from around the world will address delegates on some of the most important and high profile cases globally that demonstrate a miscarriage of justice.

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The 2017 Law Society Skillnet Symposium is a one-day conference which will tackle the important and significant legal and moral topic of Miscarriages of Justice. Lawyers from around the world will address delegates on some of the most important and high profile cases globally that demonstrate a miscarriage of justice.

As well as providing 5.5 hours of CPD, delegates will also have an opportunity to network over lunch and coffee at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel.


Stuart Gilhooly, President, Law Society of Ireland, Partner, H J Ward & Co Solicitors, Dublin


Judy Khan QC, Award Winning QC at the Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year Awards 2016 

TOPIC: Miscarriages of Justice - The UK Perspective - The Hillsborough Tragedy and Others

Judy Khan WC was called to the Bar in 1989, appointed a Crown Court Recorder in 2006 and became a QC in 2010. Typically instructed in murder, large-scale drug offences, financial crime and sexual offences, Judy is experienced across the full spectrum of criminal defence work and specialises in representing young and vulnerable defendants. Judy represented a number of families in the Hillsborough Inquests, which spanned two years - the longest running jury proceedings in UK history. She led a team of five barristers dealing with the pathology and other expert medical evidence for 77 of the 96 deceased. The jury concluded that the 96 had been unlawfully killed.

More recently, Judy represented Ched Evans and secured an acquittal in his re-trial.
The Chambers and Partners UK Guide describes Judy as a "super practitioner...who is highly praised for her amazing judgment and superior advocacy."

Steven T. Wax, Award Winning US Attorney and Author

TOPIC: Fighting for Justice from Portland to Peshawar - A Public Defender’s Inside Account

Steven Wax serves as Legal Director of the Oregon Innocence Project. He helped launch the Project in the fall of 2014 when he retired after 31 years as the Federal Defender for the District of Oregon. Wax and his Federal Defender team successfully represented six men formerly held as "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo. He was a key part of the Brooklyn, N.Y. District Attorney's prosecution of David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "The Son of Sam," where he worked from 1975-1979. From 1979-1983, Wax served as the Public Defender for Broome County, N.Y.

He is a 1970 cum laude graduate of Colgate University and 1974 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He has taught at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, serves as an ethics prosecutor for the Oregon State Bar, and lectures throughout the country.  Wax, elected in 2012 as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been honoured for his work by, among other groups, the NACDL (2004 President’s Commendation), American Jewish Committee (Oregon Chapter 2007 Judge Learned Hand Award), ACLU (Oregon 2007 Civil Rights Award), Federal Bar Association (National 2010 Hon. Sarah Hughes Civil Rights Award and Oregon 2010 Hon. James M. Burns Professionalism Award), American Constitution Society (Oregon Chapter 2014 Justice Hans Linde Civil Liberties Award). In 2014 he was given lifetime achievement awards by the Historical Society for the District of Oregon and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. Wax was invited to present the 2009 Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture at Oregon State University. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Kafka Comes To America, Wax's book about his work representing Portland attorney Brandon Mayfield and the men in Guantanamo, has won four national awards, the prestigious ABA Silver Gavel and the Independent Publishers Award Gold Medal for Social Science, Eric Hofer Award for Memoir, and Foreward Book of the Year, Bronze Medal in Social Science.

Judge Susan Pia Graber, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals 

TOPIC: A Judicial Perspective on Miscarriages of Justice - 75 Years After Japanese-American Internment. 

The Honorable Susan P. Graber was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1998 by President Clinton. Previously she sat on the Oregon Court of Appeals (1988-90) and the Oregon Supreme Court (1990-98). Judge Graber practiced law from 1972 to 1988, most recently as a partner in the Portland office of Stoel Rives, where she specialized in employment law and other civil litigation. Judge Graber received her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1969 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1972. Judge Graber has been a frequent moot court judge and has lectured and written on a wide range of legal subjects. She is a member of the Rules of Practice and Procedure Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In 2000 Judge Graber chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Appellate Practice. She was named Oregon’s 1998 Legal Citizen of the Year, and in 2001 received Yale’s Tercentenary "For Country" Award in Oregon.

Ghandi Mallak, Irish Citizen, Former Syrian Refugee

TOPIC: Miscarriages of Justice - An Irish Syrian’s Perspective

Ghandi Mallak is an Irish Syrian. Gandhi was born in Al Yarmowk camp in Damascus, a former Syrian solicitor who came to Ireland as a political refugee. Ghandi is a father of two who challenged the State for the ‘right to a reason’ for numerous ministers for justice refusals to grant him naturalisation in accordance with fair procedures and natural justice. Today Ghandi is one of our own running many cultural and integrational initiatives and earning his living as a successful business man. 

Matti Neustadt Storie, Microsoft, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs

TOPIC: Miscarriages of Justice - Technology's response when the law fails - The Future Legal Landscape for the Protection of Electronic Data for EU Citizens & Business

Matti is an attorney at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA, where she supports the Cloud + Enterprise business. In this role, she provides advice on the development and operations of Microsoft Azure and Azure Government services, with subject matter expertise in data security, data privacy, incident investigation, and breach response, where she is the on-call attorney for global incident response for Microsoft’s cloud services.  In addition, Matti advises Microsoft on global public sector cloud adoption requirements.  She has a background in intellectual property law and was an engineer prior to changing careers to practice law.  She holds a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School and a B.S. in Applied Physics from Purdue University.  When not working, she is spends her time talking politics, travelling, eating, and running with her dogs to train for triathlons.

* Applicable to Law Society Skillnet members

 Irish Institute of Training & Development - (IITD) – Award Winners 
Awarded for excellence and innovation in training and development.



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