Why get involved?
Law Week is about the community and ensuring they are given the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the legal profession. By informing the community of the law services available through interesting and enjoyable events, the hope is to create a more fair and just society.
Law Week has evolved as a high profile event in the Government, legal and media calendar in New South Wales. It stands as a week which strongly and usefully profiles themes around community safety, access to justice and social inclusion. Together, The Law Society of NSW and the Planning Committee can use Law Week as a vehicle to reach a wider audience and create positive change in our society.
Steps to planning an event
Identify what type of Law Week event/activity you wish to coordinate and determine your audience
You may also wish to contact other Law Week stakeholders in your region to find out what other events are being planned and share ideas and/or resources.
Regional stakeholders include local courts, NSW Police Force, regional Law Societies, Legal Aid, your local library, community justice and legal centres, and the regional office of the Department of Education and Training.
Choose a date and time
In 2013 Law Week runs from 13 May - 19 May.
Locate a suitable venue
Depending on the type of event you are planning, you may need to check with the venue on what facilities and equipment are available. Presentation aids such as microphones, amplifiers, loud speakers, laptops, screens, data projector, whiteboard or blackboard may need to be hired.
Determine your event budget and apply for a grant
Items that you may need to include in your budget include: equipment hire, catering, advertising, printed materials e.g. name badges, pamphlets, brochures, information kits, presentation folder or show bag.
Once you have a draft budget you can submit a grant application to the Law Week working committee. Law Week grants are available up to a total amount of $1000.
Finalise your guest list and draft an invitation
You may also want to accompany the invitation with information on parking, disability access, transport routes and a map to the venue.
Draft a program
The program will provide an overview of the event including start and finish times, speakers and any other details about the event or activity.
Register your event
Visit www.lawweek.org.au and register the details of your event.
Promoting your event
Notify the media manager at the Law Society if you would like assistance promoting your event to local media. The media manager can assist you with drafting a media release, fact sheet and other background information that will help the media cover your event.
Day of the event
Items you may wish to have at your event include:
• Printed materials such as brochures, fact sheets, booklets, business cards etc
• A copy of the program
• Housekeeping notes that include location of bathrooms, evacuation exits and the running schedule
• Name tags and a list of all guests if applicable
• Law Week signage and/or branding for the venue
• An event evaluation form for attendees
Step 10Event evaluation
Items you may wish to do after your event:
• Send a thank you letter to speaker(s)
• Issue Law Week participation certificates (if applicable)
• Prepare a report for the Law Week working committee with any recommendations for improvement including attendee feedback