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Vacancies on Outside Bodies

Calling for expressions of interest. The LIV has been invited to make arrangements to appoint a trustee (and LIV nominee) to the Law Aid Trust for an initial two year term.

The Law Aid Trust is a non-profit charitable trust funding disbursement for Victorian litigants unable to afford the cost of litigation. The Law Institute of Victoria and the Bar Council each appoint four trustees who assist on a voluntary basis. Further information on Law Aid can be obtained from Law Aid’s website www.lawaid.com.au

How to submit an expression of interest

If you wish to submit and expression of interest as a nominee of the Law Institute of Victoria you should provide your application together with additional supporting materials according to the criteria set out below together with a copy of your CV by 5pm on Monday 11 February 2019.  This should be sent to the Company Secretary at secretariat@liv.asn.au with ‘Law Aid Scheme’ in the subject line.

Criteria

Due to an emphasis on personal injury applications that come before the trustees, it is felt that a solicitor with working knowledge and experience of personal injury, medical negligence and litigation would be of great assistance. A copy of the full position description is located here.

The following additional criteria will also be considered:

  1. A record of involvement in legal affairs other than day to day practice. Most probably this will be demonstrated through an involvement with and advancement of the Law Institute of Victoria and/or its committees;
  2. The need to achieve diverse representation of LIV members appointed to outsides Boards or Bodies;
  3. The ability of the candidate to fulfil the required role including attendance at relevant meetings; and
  4. The skills of a particular candidate.

Criteria for Filling Vacancies on Outside Bodies

General Criteria

Candidates for all positions on Outside Bodies will be judged on the following general criteria:

(a) Membership of the Law Institute of Victoria will almost always be a pre-requisite.

(b) A track record of involvement in legal affairs other than day to day practice. Most probably this will be shown through an involvement with and advancement of the Law Institute of Victoria and/or its committees.

(c) The need to achieve a balanced representation across all LIV nominations with particular regard to such matters as gender and age.

(d) The need to share appointments equitably amongst the membership.

Specific Criteria

(a) Where the position calls for particular expertise or qualifications, the ability of the candidate to satisfy those conditions.

(b) Where the appointment is to a body or committee, particular gaps on the committee, which it would be desirable to fill having particular regard to matters such as gender and age.

(c) In cases where the appointment is as a nominee or representative of the Institute, the preparedness of the candidate to advance any relevant LIV policy.

(d) Apparent ability to provide the required commitment.

Procedure

To the extent practicable in particular circumstances, vacancies to be filled should be advertised widely amongst the membership. A statement of criteria for the particular position should be developed and interested candidates invited to obtain a copy of the criteria to be addressed in their application.

Consultation should include appropriate Section and Committee chairs who should have an on-going responsibility for maintaining communication with representatives related to their committee/section where relevant.

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