Why do we have Law Week? Looking back on a 40-year history

This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Law Week. To mark this milestone, we’re reflecting on the history of the festival and why it is just as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. We sat down with some of the original Law Week organisers to learn more about how and why Law Week began.

How it all started

In 1980, the then President of the Goulburn Valley Law Association, Christopher Riordan, pitched an idea to the Law Institute of Victoria Council: a festival that was designed to demystify the law for the general public. Little did he know that his idea would spread across Australia and develop into a thriving annual festival that endured 40 years later.

Why is Law Week important today?

Victoria Law Foundation’s Executive Director, Lynne Haultain, reflects on the importance of Law Week and why it is so valuable for the legal profession to get involved.

“It improves significantly the reputation of the law in the minds of the general public when they see [the law] not as a threat and not in a moment of crisis, but as a support system.”

Lynne Haultain

To read more about the history of Law Week, stay tuned for the upcoming March edition of the Law Institute Journal.