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Pathways to Admission: There is more than one way to kick-start your career

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Pathways to Admission: There is more than one way to kick-start your career

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CPD Units 1.5
  • Professional Skills
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This panel discussion is an opportunity for law students to hear from lawyers who have embarked upon an unconventional legal career path and are thriving. 
 
This session will provide you with new ideas and avenues available to you, no matter which stage of your legal studies.

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  • Full Description
    This panel discussion is an opportunity for law students to hear from lawyers who have embarked upon an unconventional legal career path and are thriving. 
     
    This session will provide you with new ideas and avenues available to you, no matter which stage of your legal studies. Speakers will include lawyers from government, not-for-profit and community law sectors who will discuss their unique career paths and how they are making a difference in their chosen field. This panel will certainly provide inspiration to anyone considering a career outside commercial law. 
     
    You will have a chance to ask questions to all panellists.
     
  • Presenters

    Moderator

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    Shruti Malaviya

    Shruti is a recent law and business graduate who is currently undertaking her Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen.

    As a paralegal at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, Shruti has worked in areas such as superannuation, employment and industrial relations, commercial and estate litigation and class actions.

    In her spare time, an avid reader and an artist in the making, Shruti also works closely with the Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health to drive the needle around issues such as gender bias and family violence by facilitating conversations within the community to discuss causes and preventive strategies.


    Presenters

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    Alex Giannopoulos, Manager of Industry Engagement & Careers at Leo Cussen 

    Alex is the Manager of Industry Engagement & Careers at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. He manages Leo Cussen’s partnerships with the legal profession, and also runs the Careers Office, providing PLT students with career advice and practical assistance in obtaining employment.

    Before joining Leo Cussen, Alex practised as a commercial litigation lawyer at a national firm where he specialised in commercial litigation. He also spent several years working at a global recruitment firm where he specialised in recruiting lawyers for legal employers.


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    Fonda Gazis,  Mentor, Practical Legal Training, Leo Cussen / Overseas Student Advisor

    Fonda is a Mentor in Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen, and is also an Overseas Student Advisor.

    Fonda has extensive experience in legal practice having worked in private practice in a top tier law firm, government, community organisations, as well as in-house for both private and public companies. He has experience working across administrative law, human rights law, immigration, litigation, and corporate/commercial law.

    Fonda has also been a tutor and guest lecturer in law at Victoria University and RMIT Melbourne as well as a Board Director.


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    Adam Wakeling, Risk and Compliance Professional with State Trustees

    Adam is a risk and compliance professional, currently working in the Audit, Risk and Compliance team at State Trustees.

    Adam has previous experience in legal, risk and compliance roles in both the public and private sectors. He has particular interest and expertise in privacy law, consumer law, anti-fraud and anti-corruption, OH&S, and corporate governance.

    Adam is also an active member of the LIV and an operational volunteer in the Victorian State Emergency Service, and the author of two books and various articles in LIV publications.


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    Alice Cooney, Criminal Division Lawyer at County Court of Victoria and LIV Young Lawyers President

    Alice Cooney was admitted to practice in 2013 whilst working for Victoria Police Prosecutions, specialising in prosecution of parole offences and family violence intervention orders. In 2016, Alice commenced as a solicitor in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, where her work focused on advice for Corrections Victoria. Alice joined the County Court in January 2020 from her most recent position as a solicitor in the Trial Division of the Office of Public Prosecutions. Alice is the current Young Lawyers President of the Law Institute of Victoria following a number of years dedicated to the section and to the support of legal professionals and students.

     

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    Shaniya Vilash, Junior Corporate Counsel, Mercedez Benz

    Shaniya Vilash is a Junior Corporate Counsel at Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd (MBAuP). Shaniya holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University majoring in Human Resources and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University. After completing her practical legal training, Shaniya was admitted to practice in late 2018 and commenced her first practicing role mid-2019. Prior to joining MBAuP, Shaniya has experience as a paralegal, legal analyst and an eDiscovery executive. As an in-house lawyer, Shaniya enjoys balancing and navigating the organisation’s risks, strategy and compliance in a variety of practice areas such as corporate/commercial law, contracts, disputes, competition and consumer law.

  • Webinar – Important Information

    LIV webinars are designed to provide an interactive learning experience via a digital platform. Register as you would any of our other in-person programs and we’ll send you the webinar link and log in details the morning of the event date.

    Please note, instructions will be sent to the primary email address linked to your LIV account. If you do not receive an email from us, please check your contact details in your LIV profile to confirm the correct email. If you have still not received instructions from us within an hour of the event, please contact the events team on email or phone 03 9607 9473.