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Navigating the COVID-19 legal environment

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Navigating the COVID-19 legal environment

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Ever wondered how the legal profession has changed since COVID-19 and how this applies to you?

Join us for an open and safe conversation with panel members from diverse legal backgrounds who were all confronted with a rapidly changing legal landscape.

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    Ever wondered how the legal profession has changed since COVID-19 and how this applies to you? Join us for an open and safe conversation with panel members from diverse legal backgrounds who were all confronted with a rapidly changing legal landscape.

    Key Topics

    Students and graduates

    • What skills should law students be equipped with going into a digital age of legal practice?
    • Should universities be implementing change and incorporating subjects that prepare future lawyers for a changing legal landscape?
    • What is a virtual internship and how beneficial is it?

    Emerging legal professionals

    • What are the major difficulties experienced by lawyers in the ‘new normal’?
    • How do you separate work from home?
    • What are some strategies to maintain productivity?
  • Presenters


    • Edmund Yuan, Graduate, Commercial, Level Crossing Removal Project
    • Victor Aeberli, Legal and Policy Consultant, Lauders Group


    • Chris John, Member, LIV Young Lawyers Community Issues Committee


    • Carmen Wu
    • Tiarne Wadey
    • Rachel Croucher


    More about the presenters:

    Chris John

    Chris John

    Chris recently graduated in July from Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours.

    As a member of the LIV Community Issues committee, Chris is passionate about serving the community and is currently volunteering as a fines paralegal at Youthlaw. Chris provides legal advice under supervision to young people and is particularly proud to have assisted the most vulnerable sections of the community who had received COVID-19 fines during the lockdowns in Victoria.

    Chris also has a keen interest in the intersection between the law and technology having completed the inaugural unit AI, Technology and the Law. Chris continues to be involved in this emerging space having recently joined the LIV Innovation and Technology committee.

    In his spare time, Chris loves to get involved in sports playing indoor cricket and also testing out his table tennis skills with his friends on occasion.


    Carmen Wu

    Carmen Wu

    Carmen Wu is a junior lawyer who practices in conveyancing, wills and estates and commercial law.

    Carmen graduated from Monash University in mid-2019 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at Leo Cussen in 2020 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria 'on the papers' in March 2020.

    As a university student, Carmen was heavily involved with clubs and societies and attributes some of her soft skills (and lifelong friendships!) to these experiences. She was also a volunteer and administrative assistant at her local Community Legal Centre, a family violence student volunteer with Victoria Legal Aid and worked as a paralegal for two years.

    In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, chasing waterfalls and playing with her cat and dog.



    Tiarne Wadey

    Tiarne is a lawyer based in Sydney. From 2018, Tiarne was a lawyer at Ashurst in their Sydney Office. During her time at Ashurst, she rotated through litigation where she spent time in the Melbourne Office assisting with the Banking and Financial Services Royal Commission, employment, global markets and settled in the restructuring and special situations team. From September 2020 to March 2021, Tiarne was on pro-bono secondment with Youthlaw Australia.

    Tiarne has recently taken on a new role as litigation lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitors.

    In her spare time she loves reading and good food!


    Rachel Croucher

    Rachel Croucher

    Rachel Croucher is a professional genealogist and second-year JD student at RMIT University. She has worked in media and translation both at home and abroad and is Vice President of the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents. She is also a member of the Young Lawyers editorial committee.

    Rachel’s introduction to the practice of history began 15 years ago in the archives of the Jewish Holocaust Museum in Elsternwick, where she trained as a German translator and remained for eight years. She currently serves on the executive committee of the museum’s publishing house. After developing the skill set required to critically assess the evidence and events of the past and place them in a modern context, Rachel started a genealogy consultancy in 2016, which she runs full-time while studying for her JD.

    Rachel became a wheelchair user after a spinal cord injury nearly 20 years ago and has since become a passionate advocate for how advances in digital inclusion can benefit people of all abilities. While voice recognition technology was not commonplace when she first used it in 2004 to accommodate for a partial loss of hand function, it is now part of our everyday lives and used by many businesses to increase productivity.

    Although navigating COVID-19 has brought its challenges, the widespread use of Zoom has removed significant accessibility barriers, allowing Rachel to increase her client load and enable participation in more networking and professional development opportunities than ever before. She is now driven by a desire to help other law students identify and explore the virtual opportunities available to them in today’s rapidly changing academic and legal environments.


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