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Government Lawyers Conference

Government Lawyers Conference

Date & TimeFriday 23 June 2017 8.30am–4.30pm
Format Conference
Price

Member

$630.00

Non-Member

$750.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue RACV City Club, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne View Map

The LIV is pleased to announce the Honourable Marilyn Warren AC will launch this conference with her final keynote presentation as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria...

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Government Lawyers Conference - Friday 23 Jun
    • 8:30 AM Registration Begins
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Presentation – The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC

      Drawing on her experience in the public service, Chief Justice Warren will discuss the evolving role of government lawyers and her insights into the value that government lawyers can bring to their organisations.

      Presenter: The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    • 10:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:20 AM Maximising the Value of External Advice

      Focusing on how government lawyers can get better value from external counsel, this session will cover strategies on how best to manage external service providers and maintain control of your matter, as well as how to efficiently manage the costs of the external advice.

      Using learnings, case studies and data on this topic from the Department of Treasury and Finance, this session will cover:

      • understanding your business and the value-add of your in-house team
      • doing more with less
      • the changing legal industry: what’s on the horizon and what does it mean for government lawyers?
      • how to quantify the value provided by external service providers
      • Legal Services Panel arrangements
      • scoping, variations and managing the engagement.

      Presenter: David Schreuder, Acting General Counsel, Department of Treasury and Finance

    • 11:20 AM Ethical Considerations for Government Lawyers

      Government lawyers face a unique range of tricky ethical situations in their day-to-day work. Using examples taken from real life, this interactive session will give you useful tips for how to handle common ethical dilemmas arising for lawyers in government on a daily basis.

      Topics will include:

      • are government lawyers different?
      • who is the client?
      • providing independent legal advice
      • avoiding undue influence
      • protecting client confidentiality
      • maintaining client legal privilege
      • avoiding conflict of interest.

      Presenter: Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 12:20 PM Networking Lunch
    • 1:15 PM Information Sharing, FOI and Privacy

      Join our panel in an engaging discussion on the challenges associated with information sharing, privacy and freedom of information in the government sector. Featuring panellists with expert knowledge in the area, this session will cover best practice strategies for information sharing between and within government organisations and when facilitating information for boards of inquiry. The panel will also discuss tools and strategies government lawyers can use when working through their decision-making process when advising on disclosure and will examine bases for information retention.

      Panellists:

      • David Watts, Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection
      • Sebastian Buscemi, Solicitor, Angela Sdrinis Legal
      • Fiona McKenzie, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Moderator: Vanessa Twigg, Principal Solicitor

    • 2:15 PM Navigating Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector

      Understanding the context of dispute resolution and negotiation as a lawyer in the public sector can be critical to your success. In this session, LIV Accredited Mediator Rebecca French will discuss the applicable policies and Professional Conduct Rules you should be aware of when participating in alternative dispute resolution processes. You will learn how to prepare for and make the most of the mediation/conciliation process, including dealing with unrepresented litigants, ensuring authority to settle and overcoming other challenges to achieve an enduring resolution of your dispute.

      Presenter: Rebecca French, Principal, French DR Mediation Services

    • 3:15 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:30 PM Managing Your Career and Wellbeing in the Public Sector

      Are you tired of always feeling ‘too busy’? Learning how to manage a heavy workload and streamline your processes can make all the difference for both your career and your personal wellbeing. There are many creative strategies you can employ to make the most of your workday and harness your skills to deliver value to your organisation – all while ensuring you have time to focus on your mental health. This panel discussion will help you to build more efficiency into your professional life and learn how doing so can advance your career.

      Topics will include:

      • strategies to manage your workload
      • understanding the value of the skills and experience you bring to your role
      • tips and strategies to define and progress your career in government.

      Panellists:

      • Michele Rowland, Principal Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office
      • Rupert Burns, Deputy District Registrar of the Federal Court
      • Dr John Lynch, General Counsel, Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission

      Moderator: Molina Asthana, Principal Solicitor – Commercial, Property & Technology, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office

    • 4:30 PM Conference Close and Networking Drinks

Further Details

  • Full Description

    The LIV is pleased to announce the Honourable Marilyn Warren AC will launch this conference with her final keynote presentation as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Following her presentation on the evolving role of government lawyers, our exceptional presenters will draw on their decades of experience in government and policy to bring you key strategies and practical tips for succeeding as a government lawyer.

    Register for this conference to find out the latest developments and updates that affect you, build your professional networks, and share challenges and best practice tips with other lawyers working in government and policy.

  • Presenters

    The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    Chief Justice Warren was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in November 2003. She is the longest serving of all current Australian Chief Justices. She is a graduate of Monash University. The Chief Justice commenced her legal career in the Victorian Public Service in 1974. She was later appointed an assistant chief parliamentary counsel.

    The Chief Justice signed the Roll of the Victorian Bar in 1985. In 1997 she was appointed Queen’s Counsel. In 1998 she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria. The Chief Justice was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by Monash University in 2004. In June 2005, the Chief Justice was made a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC). She was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria on 7 April 2006. The Chief Justice is also the Chair of a number of Victorian legal bodies including; the Judicial College of Victoria and the Courts Council of Victoria.

    David Schreuder, Acting General Counsel, Department of Treasury and Finance

    David Watts, Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection

    Sebastian Buscemi, Solicitor, Angela Sdrinis Legal

    Fiona McKenzie, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, Law Institute of Victoria

    Rebecca French, Principal, French DR Mediation Services

    Michele Rowland, Principal Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office

    Rupert Burns, Deputy District Registrar of the Federal Court

    Dr John Lynch, General Counsel, Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission

  • Learning Outcomes

    During the Government Lawyers Conference, you will:

    • receive insights from former government lawyer and Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren about the evolving role of government lawyers and how they can continue to keep delivering value for their organisations
    • gain a greater understanding of how to efficiently manage externally sourced legal services to maximise their value
    • benefit from an interactive workshop on the ethical issues that come up in the day-to-day practice of a government lawyer, as well as strategies for overcoming them
    • gain a better understanding of how to approach information sharing as a government lawyer
    • learn how to make the most of alternative dispute resolution processes and how to overcome challenges you may face
    • benefit from practical insights into managing your career and wellbeing in the public sector.