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Latest news – August

 
Interview with leading user experience consultant Gerry Gaffney

Are you designing a new website or app, or think your existing one needs an upgrade? Then a key step is better understanding your users through usability testing. 

Our last Better Information Workshop on usability testing was so popular that we asked user experience designer Gerry Gaffney back to explain what it is, why it’s so important and how you can do it yourself.

Listen to the podcast

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Watch the video of the Victoria Law Foundation Law Oration

On 21 July 2016, the Honourable Justice Weinberg presented a thought-provoking Law Oration to over 150 people in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria on the topic 'Of Mozart, modern drafting and the criminal lawyers' lament.'

Justice Weinberg spoke about his dislike of much modern legislative drafting in the criminal law and gave his thoughts on how to improve it.

Watch the video or read the speech 

 
General Grants closing soon

If you have an idea to improve Victorians' understanding of the law, contact our Grants Manager now. Our General Grants close this month, and once again we will be giving priority to Law Week events and legal information projects. 

General Grant applications close Monday 29 August 2016.

 Find out more
 
Everyday-Law has a new look

We've just launched the new designs for the most popular section of the Everyday-Law website 'Have a legal question?'. This section provides 'first steps' information to help the public solve their legal problems, with recommended resources across 94 areas of law. 

The new design enhances the visual appeal and functionality of the resource pages – making it simpler and faster for people to get to the right information. 

This major redesign was tested on our target audience before launching, with a positive response. We hope you like it and welcome your feedback. 

 Check out the new look 
 
Plain language training for law students

As more law firms adopt plain language policies, law students wanting to make their mark in the profession need to be able to deliver legal advice with a focus on the client – whether that’s a corporate client or a member of the public.

Up-and-coming lawyers who write and communicate clearly can better meet their professional responsibilities, and reduce the risk of client misunderstandings and complaints.

 Learn more
 
Keynote speakers at Clarity2016

Join us in Wellington, New Zealand, to be inspired and to learn from world leaders about evidence-based, accessible writing in the law, business and government.

Our conference brings together world leaders in plain language, including Clarity’s patron, the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG and Una Jagose, New Zealand's Solicitor-General.

 Learn more
 
Education update – Metropolitan and Regional Law Talks

It has been a busy time in our education area, with a delivery of two Metropolitan Law Talks in the past couple of months and a Regional Law Talks planned for Wangaratta next month. These two programs give regional, rural and disadvantaged VCE Legal Studies students the opportunity to expand their legal knowledge through a range of interactive sessions. 

Our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, shares highlights from the recent Metropolitan Law Talks, delivered in conjunction with the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT. 

 Learn more
 
Introducing Better Information Tips

This month we are introducing a new section to our newsletter – the Better Information Tip. Each month we will focus on a small step that you can take to improve the way you communicate with the public. Over the coming months, we will be looking at each of the VLAF Online Legal Information Guidelines. 

Guideline 1: Undertake research before undertaking a new project. 

 Read tip #1
 
Download the 2016 Law help guide

The Law help guide is available online and helps people find the right legal services for them. It covers Ombudsman, free or low-cost legal services and private lawyers. Help your clients access this information by copying this link: Law help guide 2016 and adding it to your website or downloading it and printing it out for them. 

 Download free copies
 
Award winning grant – Culpable driving court room drama

Congratulations to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) who received a highly commended in the Museums and Galleries National Awards for their court room drama.

The redevelopment of this program was funded by a grant from Victoria Law Foundation. The program engages students with the case of a young man charged with culpable driving in the County Court of Victoria.

Learn more
 
 

Upcoming events

Wed

17 Aug

    

Regional Law Talks – Wangaratta

 

Wed

13 Sep

    

Law and Justice Funders Network

Mon

29 Aug

    

General Grants closing soon

 

Tue

22 Sep

    

Better Information Workshop

 
 
 
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