Webinar with Judy Small AM

Webinar with Judy Small AM

The Power of Stories: Advocating for Justice

Judy Small AM will be presenting a 40-minutes webinar which will address how people’s stories can empower their subjects, educate in ways that cut through intellectual defences, and teach us about ourselves and our culture so that we can advocate for justice that is truly for all.

It will draw on the various work experiences of the presenter: as a psychologist; as a folksinger/songwriter; as a family lawyer; and as a Federal Circuit Court Judge sitting in the family law jurisdiction.

It will address subjects such as personal and cultural self-esteem; community and family violence; and resilience in the face of adversity – all through the telling of stories.

Our stories are the keepers of our history, the celebrations of our present and the change makers for our future. Listening to someone else’s story gives us perspective and understanding.” KAREN BRYANT – CEO Midsumma Festival

WHEN Tuesday 30 June 2020 
 11:00AM - 11:40AM
WHERE   Online

 Register here


Legal CPD point allocation: 0.5 Professional Skills * 

Should you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to email WA.FamilyPathwayNetwork@relationshipswa.org.au or call (08) 6164 0380.

* We are trialling a new webinar platform and process that should enable us to issue legal CPD points for this webinar. If you would like to receive legal CPD points for your attendance, please indicate that during registration and enter your contact information accurately. Please note that as this process is still in trial, we cannot guarantee that you will be issued a CPD certificate at this stage. 


About the speaker

Judy is a retired judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. She sat for 7 years in the Family Law jurisdiction of the Court until April 2020, hearing cases involving parenting disputes, property settlements and child support issues, many of which included further issues of family violence, drug abuse and mental ill-health.

The law was Judy’s third profession.

She began her working life as a psychologist working with drug and alcohol-addicted clients and families, before fulfilling her childhood dream of being a full-time folksinger and songwriter for 16 years, during which she travelled the world playing at festivals, concert halls, folk clubs, camp firesides and political demonstrations. Judy has recorded 12 albums, and was awarded membership in the Order of Australia in 2013 for her significant contribution to folk music as a songwriter and recording artist.

Judy’s lifelong interest in people and in social justice led her to the study and practice of the law, and she was admitted to practice in 1999. She spent 6 years in private practice, and then 9 years at Victoria Legal Aid, where she was appointed as Director of Family, Youth and Children’s Law Services, before being appointed to the bench in 2013.

She is passionate about human rights – particularly those of children and of Aboriginal peoples – and intends to continue to be involved in social justice activities in her retirement.