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Sesquicentenary ... hard to say, fun to have


Cite as: December 2009 83(12) LIJ, p.13

During its sesquicentenary year, the LIV has continued to work for its more than 14,000 members and lead, contribute to and lobby on issues of law reform, access to justice and the rule of law.

A secret to the LIV’s longevity has been an ability to move with the times, so it was with that in mind that its 150th anniversary was celebrated without pomp and ceremony during the Global Financial Crisis.

LIV president Danny Barlow said it would not have been appropriate to spend money on numerous celebrations when the community at large was struggling financially.

The social highlight of the year was the 27 March 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner, attended by the who’s who of the Victorian and Australian legal profession.

“We have acknowledged the year by having a dinner and window displays and extensive and ongoing coverage in the LIJ without spending a lot of money. I think we hit a pretty good balance,” Mr Barlow said.

“2009 has been a tumultuous year. The Global Economic Crisis was at the front of mind for a lot of members throughout and while we may finally be seeing some relief, I was impressed with the resilience of our members as they adapted their businesses to survive the crisis.

“And we started off the year with the awful Black Saturday bushfires, but while that was a lowlight, a highlight was the incredibly pleasing response of our members in volunteering to help the community with Bushfire Legal Help and in other ways.”

Mr Barlow said it was personally pleasing that the LIV/Victorian Bar Indigenous Equal Opportunity Briefing Policy, which he first flagged in 2008, was released in September.

“It has been a privilege to be at the helm of the LIV in the 150th anniversary year. I’m proud of what we have achieved for members, working with them and using their strength and intellectual capital to represent and advocate for our profession locally, nationally and internationally.”

And while history was the focus for much of the year, the LIV has also had an eye to the future with a major website redevelopment.

For more on the LIV’s 150 years, see


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