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Cite as: (2007) 81(12) LIJ, p. 104

LIV Council

Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Council welcomed representatives from the country and suburban law associations to its monthly meeting on 18 October.

Ballarat & District Law Association president Justin Burke, Eastern Suburbs Law Association president Ron Rowe, Geelong Law Association president Deb Anderson, Southern Solicitors Group president Celina Roth and North Western Solicitors Association president George Conlan attended.

LIV Specialisation Board chair Roger Batrouney, who was also present at the meeting, sought and received Council approval for a Specialisation Board strategic review.

Lawyers beating depression

Council noted that talks were continuing between LIV staff and external counsellors, a psychologist and a doctor who specialised in drug and alcohol dependence, about how the LIV could assist lawyers with depression.

Councillor Chris Molnar suggested the LIV should play a role in helping law firms manage occupational health and safety obligations in a bid to help alleviate the high rate of lawyers suffering depression.

LIV strategic plan

Council approved the LIV’s three-year strategic plan, which combines the individual business plans of each LIV department. The strategic plan outlines the LIV’s vision as being “our members’ essential professional partner, recognised by all other stakeholders as the leader of the legal profession”.

Councillors’ personal development scheme

The LIV will provide financial assistance for personal development and leadership training for LIV Councillors from 1 July 2008. The scheme will also be offered to LIV Section chairs and presidents of the country and suburban law associations. The scheme will begin on a pilot basis for three years and the financial support will be reviewed annually.

Country and suburban law associations (CLACs and SLACs)

LIV vice-president Tony Burke said discussions were underway between the Ballarat and District Law Association and the Geelong Law Association about possible joint programs.

Mr Rowe said the Eastern Suburbs Law Association and the Northern Suburbs Law Association had been successful in their joint ventures.

Ms Anderson discussed the 6 October CLAC and SLAC Conference (see “Bush and ’burbs lawyers unite”, page 31 of this month’s LIJ) and suggested the next conference should include more time for networking and the exchange of ideas between associations.

Ms Roth said between 52 and 120 members attended the Southern Solicitors Group meetings, which helped attract good speakers.

Mr Conlan told Council that the North Western Solicitors Association events were always well attended and they did not need to advertise outside of the association’s bulk emails to members.

What’s On

Community Lawyers End of Year Party
The LIV and the Federation of Community Legal Centres warmly invite all staff of community legal centres to a cocktail party to celebrate the end of the year and enjoy the seasonal spirit with fellow community law colleagues.
When: Wednesday, 12 December, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free LIV members, $20 non-members. Cost includes drinks & canapés

Professional Development

Unless otherwise specified, for more information on the following events go to or email

CPD units All the programs outlined below are designed to meet the CPD Rules requirements. The CPD Rules state the following in relation to claiming CPD units for attendance at professional development programs: “If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long-term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of law, then you should claim one unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included”.

Children’s Cases after the Impact of the Shared Parental Responsibility Legislation
(1 CPD unit)
When: Tuesday, 11 December, from 1-2pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Delivering an Effective CPD Workshop
(1.5 CPD units)
This seminar shows lawyers not just how to present often complex and technical information, but how to teach it effectively and achieve real learning outcomes.
When: Wednesday, 13 February, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Young Lawyers

Human Trafficking Forum – The Reality in Australia
This educational discussion is a joint initiative of the LIV Young Lawyers’ Section and the Castan Centre of Monash University. Academics and leaders in the area of human trafficking will embark on a one-hour enlightening conversation surrounding the immigration issues facing victims of trafficking. The forum will be followed by light refreshments and canapés.
When: 12 December, from 5.30-7pm
Where: Monash University Law Chambers, 472 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free
RSVP (for catering purposes): or ph 9607 9370

Young Lawyers’ Bootcamp
Dust off your trainers and set your alarm clock, it’s time to get active. For the very first time, the Young Lawyers’ Section is giving you the chance to join them at “Bootcamp”. The Young Lawyers’ Bootcamp is being run by Melbourne Personal Training and involves a six-week, high-intensity, military-style outdoor training program, designed to get you active and to deliver results.
When: Six-week course of two mornings per week (Tuesday and Thursday), begins February 2008, from 6–7am
Where: The Botanical Gardens
To register your interest, please email and a registration form will be sent out to you.

LIV Governance and Representation


Geoff Provis 9607 9367

Anthony Burke 9822 8588

Immediate Past President
Catherine Gale 9618 7300

Danny Barlow 5823 7660

Executive Member
Steven Stevens 9288 1241


Caroline Counsel 9328 5810

David Faram 5821 4566

Carol Geyer 9605 2858

Aurora Kostezky 8602 9208

Anthony (Tom) May 9641 8917

Christopher Molnar 9612 2300

Bill O’Shea 9276 3750

Bruce Pippett 9592 7800

Dominique Saunders 9609 1598

Patrick Sweeney 9672 5800

Elissa Watson 5134 8055

Stuart Webb 9269 0185

Mark Woods 5174 6311


Eastern Suburbs Law Association
Ron Rowe 9888 6088

Northern Suburbs Law Association
Jennifer Mairs 9848 4144

North Western Solicitors Association
George Conlan 9370 3636

Southern Solicitors Group
Celina Roth 9592 7744

Western Suburbs Law Association
Linda Paric 0422 961 005


Ballarat & District Law Association
Justin Burke 5331 1122

Bendigo Law Association
Megan Aumair 5444 0906

Geelong Law Association
Deb Anderson 5222 2077

Gippsland Law Association
Mark Woods 5174 6311

Goulburn Valley Law Association
Anthony Coote 5821 4144

Mornington Peninsula Solicitors Association
Nick Roberts 5977 4000

North East Law Association
Karen Keegan 5752 1255

North West Law Association
John Roccisano 5021 6227

Western District Law Association
James Nicol 5560 2000

To find out more about LIV Governance and Representation see and or phone the Secretary to the Council on 9607 9372 or email


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