Family Law

The Commonwealth Government has commenced the biggest review of the Family Law Act since it was introduced in 1976.

Join our panelists Emma Heggie and Andrew Papaleo as they dissect what this review could look at and share their own perspectives as family law practitioners on some of the reforms that might be needed. The panel will also provide an in-depth analysis of their experiences in working in the family law field.

Bookings are now open

Joining the panel will be:

The Prison Legal Education & Assistance Project’s Insight Series, is an accessible and vital resource for students considering a community and social justice minded career.

Tickets are strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment


Location: Law Institute of Victoria, 470 Bourke St Melbourne
Date: Tuesday 3 October 2017
Time: 5:30-7:00PM
Cost: $10.00 (or 3 events for the price of 2 if booked as a package) with all proceeds from this event going directly towards the PLEA Project’s legal education presentations within Victorian prisons. Discounts are available for students experiencing financial hardship.
Free for PLEA volunteers and Tarwirri members.

Book online here


Emma Heggie
Emma is a barrister with experience in family law, commercial law, and administrative law. Prior to coming to the bar, Emma practised as a family lawyer at two specialist family law firms in Victoria. Emma has appeared in the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court in relation to complex property and parenting matters and is works in in all areas of the family law/de facto jurisdictions and intervention order matters. She is a board member of the Prison Legal Education and Assistance Project and a volunteer family lawyer at the Womens’ Legal Service Victoria.

Andrew Papaleo
Associate, Schetzer Constantinou
Andrew is a family law practitioner and associate at Schetzer Constantinou Lawyers a boutique law firm working exclusively in family law matters. Andrew has a strong understanding of all aspects of the Family Law jurisdiction having focused his career in this area. Andrew has a strong sense of social justice and has served as the Executive Officer of Reprieve, an organisation which provides legal and humanitarian assistance to people facing the death penalty, as well as a previous appointment as the Project Manager of the PLEA Project.

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