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A legal working week


Cite as: (2009) 83(04) LIJ, p.14

The legal sector will throw open its doors to the community during Law Week this year to display the diverse range of work undertaken by Lawyers and legal organisations.

The aim of this year’s event, themed “Law at Work”, is to help the public better understand the many areas of Law, meet people working in the Law and explore the range of services available.

The week is coordinated in Victoria by the Victoria Law Foundation (VLF) and more than 100 individual events, many of them free, will be held across the state from 11-17 May.

There will be a particular focus on Laws in the workplace, including equal opportunity, anti-discrimination, dispute settlement and occupational health and safety.

Law Week is held each May to promote greater understanding of the Law in the community. Its purpose is to give the public a chance to discover the rich culture of the legal and justice systems and to help celebrate the vital role they play in society.

The Week, which is supported by the City of Melbourne, will also present an opportunity for LIV members to reflect, during its 150th anniversary year, on how the LIV has become entwined with the legal history of the state and think about how they will play a leading role in its future.

The LIV has been involved in organising events including:

  • legal essentials for seniors;
  • a half-day workplace relations seminar covering insights into the flexible workplace; unfair and unlawful termination; and employment Law as a career; and
  • a “life in the Law” panel discussion aimed at students or young Lawyers which will draw on LIV committee members’ experiences of the reality of working in the legal sector.

The Week will also present an opportunity for exploring the art and architecture of Victoria’s legal history and Melbourne’s legal precinct, to learn about human rights and local Laws and a chance for Lawyers to become involved in their communities.

Many events during Law Week are free to attend, but bookings are essential. More information about times and dates and a download of the program are available at the VLF website at


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