Law Hack 2021: Disability Justice | 14 & 22 October

Last Updated on 29/11/2021 by National Justice Project

Law Hack 2021: Disability Justice was a unique event that brought together bright minds, passionate hearts and brilliant professionals for one purpose: to tackle the injustices facing Australians living with disabilities with ground-breaking legal solutions.

Across two energetic days on Thursday 14 October and Friday 22 October 2021, we convened 39 participants from the legal, community and advocacy sectors to solve problems, share ideas and inspire one another to act by participating in a pitch event to a panel of esteemed judges.

Watch the recorded Law Hack 2021: Disability Justice Pitch event held on 22 October here.

Watch the recorded Law Hack 2021: Disability Justice Kick-off event held on 14 October here.

Read the Law Hack 2021: Disability Justice final report as a PDF here and a word document here.

We are delighted to confirm that the Law Hack 2021: Disability Justice Pitch event was won by Team 6 – Jessica Pereira, Carolyn Ledinh, Jim Simpson and Fraser Bignell with their idea for a new emergency services branch set up to support people with a disability and divert them from the criminal justice system.

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM 6
LAW HACK 2021: DISABILITY JUSTICE PARTICIPANTS WILL WORK TOGETHER IN TEAMS TO DELIVER:
  • A legal strategy
  • Draft court pleadings
  • A parallel advocacy strategy
THE TEAMS WILL COVER CHALLENGE STATEMENTS ACROSS THE AREAS OF:
  • Policing and incarceration
  • Healthcare, disability support and aged care
  • Rights and law
  • Education and children
  • Housing
AND BE SUPPORTED BY THE FOLLOWING INDUSTRY MENTORS:
  • Nicholas Andronicos, Lawyer and Senior Policy Officer, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Matthew Hall, CEO, Arts Access Australia
  • Fiona Given, General Manager, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Daniel Ghezelbash, Lawyer and Associate Professor at Macquarie University
  • Catia Malaquias, Lawyer, Director and award-winning human rights and inclusion advocate
  • Tess Moodie, Intersectional Advocate and Policy & Projects Officer, Women With Disability Australia
  • George Newhouse, Founding CEO and Principal Lawyer, National Justice Project

Then, our brains-trust of senior legal minds, advocates and academics will bring their wisdom and experience to the table to recognise the most effective, inspiring and groundbreaking solution.

THE FOLLOWING JUDGES WILL JOIN US FOR THE FINAL PITCH EVENT ON 22 OCTOBER:
  • Graeme Innes AM, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner (2005 – 2014)
  • Margherita Coppolino, President, National Ethnic Disability Alliance
  • Natalie Wade, Vice President, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Rob Silberstein, Advisory Board Members, National Justice Project
  • Dr Scott Avery, Research Partner, First Peoples Disability Network

Law Hack 2021: Disability Justice is made possible thanks to the following partners, donors and sponsors.

Community Partners
Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, Council for Intellectual Disabilities
(CID), First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN), National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), People with Disability Australia (PWDA), Women With Disability Australia (WWDA) and Arts Access Australia.

Research and Media Partners
Monash University, UTS Disability Network and Pro Bono Australia.

Donors and Sponsors
Geoff Dixon, Jessica Dixon, The Chestnut Foundation, Steve and Lani Castan, Thomson Reuters, Scope Australia, NSW Bar Association, Ring Central, The Information Access Group, and King&Wood Mallesons.

Event Partners
Studio A, Swivel Creative, Liz Clarke Events and Considered Co..