Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

Charity Law: Live Legal Issues for
Religious, Educators and Churches

@ the Australian Catholic University

Josephine Heesh  Associate

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Howard Harrison

Special Issues - a chaotic time; royal commissions, parliamentary inquiries and police reporting

Howard Harrison, Managing Partner,
Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers
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The church sector is presently facing a time of renewed upheaval, and increased public scrutiny and accountability. Howard Harrison, Managing Partner, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers will discuss the relevant legal issues in this evolving situation, as well as comment on current inquires and commissions underway and obligations for reporting to police and statutory authorities.

Public Juridic Persons in Canon Law: nature - purpose - constitution

Rodger Austin, Canon Lawyer,
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The legal system of the Catholic Church, as expressed in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, makes provision for persons classified as “juridic”. These legal entities are fundamental to the Church as it structures itself to accomplish the mission entrusted to it by Jesus Christ. The presentation will explore the nature, purpose, and constitution of public juridic persons as presented in the Code of Canon Law, their interface with the civil law, and recent developments in Australia.
Selwyn Black

Governance - Ethical Issues for Directors

Selwyn Black, Partner,
Carroll & O'Dea Business Lawyers
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Selwyn Black, Partner, of Carroll & O’Dea Business Lawyers works with directors who confront differing legal duties, occasional conflicts between legal duties and ethical issues, and conflicts between different ethical goals.  Selwyn will provide some examples of these dilemmas for directors, and invite discussion as to how these can be worked through.

ACNC and Religious Congregations

Peter Cartwright, Director of Finance, De La Salle Brothers, District of Australia, NZ, PNG & Pakistan

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Peter Cartwright will update us on issues pertaining to the new Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and how it will affect core congregations and the enterprises they own and control to deliver mission. He will look at structures, compliance, reporting and accountability and what needs to be done to successfully administer in light of this new governing body.
Robert Algie

Cyber-bullying and bullying in schools: what are the legal implications?

Robert Algie, Partner,
Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

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With increased access to the internet and social media schools are confronted with more frequent allegations of cyber-bullying and bullying. Robert Algie, Partner Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers will provide an overview of recent case law in the area and give a summary of the legal implications for schools.
Peter Hansen


Peter Hansen, Lawyer,
Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

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The issue of "forced adoptions" is not merely a political matter; it involves both fiduciary risks and pastoral opportunities for the Church. Peter Hansen examines the relevant history of adoption law and practice during the 1960’s and 1970’s, and how the law has subsequently evolved, particularly as to the vexed issue of maternal consent. But protecting the interest of Church-based clients involves not only a ‘black-letter law’ approach; it also involves a pastoral sensitivity in dealing with complex problems arising from past events. Peter shows how our approach protects the totality of our clients’ interests, by combining fiduciary protection with Christian fidelity.
Mark Wilson

Managing risk in your organisation

Mark Wilson, National Manager, Risk Management, Catholic Church Insurances

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Mark Wilson will discuss how to effectively manage risk within your organisation and the importance of obtaining 'buy-in' from leaders. Mark will provide practical tips from his own experiences at Catholic Church Insurances and highlight key steps in the risk management process.
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Registration at the event begins 8:30am.
Start time: 8:50am
Disperse: 1:30pm
Lunch & Morning Tea provided.


Australian Catholic Univerisity
Ryan Auditorium, Carroll Building, 40 Edward Street, North Sydney Campus NSW 2060

Please click the map for directions to the venue online. Parking is limited. The venue is accessible by public transport. North Sydney train station is a 10 minute walk or catch bus 273 or 252 (from Blue St Stand A or B) to Berry St on the Pacific Highway. Buses depart from Wynyard Station, and stop outside North Sydney Station.

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