Once every month, Law for Change runs a kōrero over coffee to discuss various aspects of the law at a local cafe. Guest speakers have included partners at local law firms and Otago University law lecturers. Big thanks to our sponsor, Chapman Tripp for shouting the first 30 coffees free at each kōrero!
Have a read below for some highlights from each kōrero we've hosted so far!
Water reform in New Zealand
Michael Garbett from Anderson Lloyd joined us for our first coffee kōrero this year! He chatted to us about the potential Water Reforms on New Zealand and the implications they may have on society.
The justice gap
Otago Law School's Ben Nevell, Professional Legal Skills Coordinator and solicitor joined us to talk about the practical realities of public interest litigation.
New Zealand faces a massive problem in people’s access to justice - high court costs and a small budget for legal aid mean people are often left unrepresented and without a viable legal solution. Ben discussed ways that we can work to bridge this justice gap.
Digital Freedom of expression
Otago University lecturer, Dr Alex Latu joined us to talk about developments in media law, and how they might impact our digital freedom of expression on social media.
Discussing a recent and ongoing Australian case, Alex talked us through the potential implications the outcome of the case may have.
Animals and the Law
Otago University lecturer, Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere came to talk about “Animals and the Law: a case study in law for change.”
He outlined how some students and their hard work led to change in the animal law field, showing change might seem hard and out of reach, but is actually surprisingly possible.