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Seminar : Trafficking in Persons

School of Law Seminar Series: Trafficking in Persons by Kate Crisham, US Human Trafficking Coordinator and Prosecutor

  • Date: Friday 5th October 2018
  • Time: 1.15‐2.30pm (light lunch served from 1.15pm, seminar from 1.30pm)
  • Venue: Staff Lounge, Room 236, Level 2 Meremere
  • RSVP: by Monday 1 October 2018 (for catering purposes)
  • Email: julie.scott@canterbury.ac.nz

A light lunch will be served at 1:15pm with the seminar commencing at 1:30pm.

For catering purposes, please RSVP today,  Monday 1 October.

Kate Crisham will be speaking about her experiences of prosecuting trafficking cases in the US, using three examples of forced labour.

Kate is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Terrorism and Violent Crime Unit in the Western District of Washington, where she serves as her office’s Human Trafficking Coordinator and prosecutes a wide variety of violent crimes, including human trafficking, forced labour, and cases involving the sexual exploitation of children and adults. She is also the co-chair of the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT) and represents the United States Attorney’s Office as a member of the Washington State Task Force Against the Trafficking of Persons.

AUSA Crisham has given numerous presentations and trainings on human trafficking to both law enforcement and community organizations. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Diana E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and a litigation associate at a large Chicago law firm before joining the Department of Justice in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Georgetown University Law Center.

UC Connect: Law without Lawyers

Law without Lawyers: does legal education have a future?

In his recent UC Connect public lecture, Professor John Hopkins explained how the changing nature of law, the increasing cost of legal advice and the excessive formality of the legal system had left the way open for alternative ways to undertake ‘law jobs’, without the need of lawyers.

“From Blockchain to ‘Alternative’ Dispute Resolution, the way appears open for a legal system without the need for high priests of the legal profession to navigate it,” Professor Hopkins says.

“If current trends continue, the much maligned profession may die out, all on its own.”

Missed this session? Watch the video here:

Bringing Law into the 21st century

Imagine a world in which you can approve a legal contract as quickly and easily as a Tap and Go EFTPOS transaction. Sound outside of the realm of possibility? You might be surprised.

In next week’s Professorial Lecture, based on his published work, Professor John Hopkins takes a closer look at the increasing cost of legal advice, the excessive formality of the legal system and whether the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain (a subset of distributed ledger technology (DLT) will see the extinction of the legal profession as we know it.

We encourage all staff and postgrad students to attend this Professorial lecture and learn more about this imminent advancement in the legal field.

Law without lawyers: does legal education have a future?
Date:               Thursday, 5 July 2018, from 4.30 – 5.30pm.
F3 Forestry Lecture Theatre

Future lawyers – be an ally to those struggling

Earlier this year the New Zealand Law Society established a five-member working group  “to look at the processes for reporting and taking action on harassment and inappropriate behaviour in legal workplaces.”

One of the members is UC School of Law Professor Elisabeth McDonald who shares her thoughts on what it means to be a part of the working group, and has a message for future law students.

Q1:  What does it mean to you professionally/personally to be appointed to this working group?

I was encouraged to put in an expression of interest for one of the two lawyer positions on the group – because of my long-standing research interest in the prosecution of sexual offences and my interaction with students as an academic.

There are many others in the profession who would have much to add to this work, so I consequently feel significant personal pressure to make an effective contribution to these discussions. I feel privileged to have been appointed and will certainly make sure that my experience and research adds value to this task.

As the group of five is lacking somewhat in age and cultural diversity, I hope that there will be robust consultation with a wide range of practitioners and aspiring lawyers. What I do see in my research is some disconnect between the experiences of young people and those charged with decision-making that impacts on them – especially with regard to what is contemporary behaviour around intimate relationships, communication and expectations.

I also feel that lawyers can tend to be very process-driven in ways that might come across as dismissive to people who want their experiences to be heard and validated.

Q2: The topic of harassment or inappropriate workplace behaviour within the legal profession has experienced a high media profile. What is the ‘take home message’ you have for our UC students considering a career in the legal profession.

I have just read an excellent interview with three law students at Victoria as they contemplate graduating and entering the profession. They all express concern about the culture of the profession and hope that this moment (as a consequence of the events at Russell McVeagh being publicised) will result in real difference – while also importantly noting that individual students, like individual lawyers, are not often well-placed to complain or ask for  change.

I would say, do not be put off entering the profession – especially those who have been motivated to do so because they wish to contribute to law reform or making a difference more broadly.

However, make sure you make connections with others who can support you – keep in touch with your colleagues from law school, make new contacts within the various lawyers associations (especially Young Lawyers and Women Lawyers) – be an ally to those who are struggling for whatever reason (culture, sexual orientation, gender identity) and be kind to yourselves.

The first years out of law school, like most first jobs, will be exhausting and unfamiliar – but hopefully also exhilarating. Remember why you wanted to be a lawyer – and try to stay true to that dream.

Free legal advice for staff and students

There will be free legal advice available on UC Campus for students and staff on Wednesdays from  7 March 2018.

  • The UC Law Clinic, in association with Community Law Canterbury (CLC), is offering a free legal advice service on any issue, including flatting, tenancy and general problems.
  • This is a confidential service, under the supervision of a qualified and practising CLC solicitor and will be available on selected Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm.
  • Appointments may be made for the time-slots of 2pm, 3pm, or 4pm on any of the following Wednesdays: 7, 14, 21 & 28 March; 2, 9, 16, 24, 25, 30 May 2018. The venue is Room 151A in the foyer of the Business and Law Building in University Drive.

Please email your preferred appointment day and time to: law-clinic@canterbury.ac.nz and a confirmatory email will be sent in reply.

Professor Robin Palmer,
Director of Clinical Legal Studies, UC School of Law.