The President and Council of the Law Society of Tasmania invite Society members to join them in Launceston on Friday 28 July for this annual CPD event, the President’s Drinks and Dinner. Your invitation is here, and to book see here.

The complimentary CPD this year is ‘Ethical Decision Making For Lawyers: How well equipped are you when facing ethical dilemmas in your practice?’
When ethical issues or dilemmas arise within the context of a busy practice, it is understandable that legal practitioners might feel overwhelmed with the options before them. This practical session provides practitioners with a framework for ethical decision making to refer to when issues arise.

Session Outline:

  • Overview of an ethical decision making framework
  • Case studies to explore the application of the framework
  • Practice in using the framework


Dr Rachel Baird has 30 years experience as a lawyer, senior executive and non executive director. Rachel now residing in Tasmania (on a family farm outside Campbell Town) and is a senior lecturer in the Law Faculty at the University of Tasmania. She has worked across private practice and not-for-profits, and as such she’s seen many ethical dilemmas involving lawyers working in a range of roles. Rachel has deep expertise in environmental law and sustainability. She has held academic positions at several Australian universities. Her research interests include sustainability and corporate responsibility. Before joining the University of Tasmania, Rachel ran her own governance consultancy with particular expertise in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and leadership. This was on the back of a successful executive career in legal and non-legal roles. Rachel started her career as a military lawyer in the ADF before working in private practice in environment and planning law and then spending 10 years in academia. This range of experience enables Rachel to draw on many real-life examples for her teaching and research.

She is a leader in corporate governance and leadership and provides advice on sustainability frameworks and policy. Rachel has managed the Legal Practice Management course and CPD for the Queensland Law Society (QLS) and the Australian Property Institute and has taught in both the QLS and College of Law Legal Practice Management courses. Rachel is an experienced academic having completed a PhD in international environmental law as well as a Master of Law and a Master of Leadership.