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Young lawyers' meet and greet week a success

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Cite as: December 2009 83(12) LIJ, p.14


Young lawyers flocked to social events across regional Victoria in October. There were record attendances at many networking functions which formed the Regional and Suburban Young Lawyers’ (RSYL) Week.

RSYL committee co-chair Kim McFarlane said 16 young lawyers came to the Gippsland event “which was fantastic”.

“The events are an opportunity for young lawyers in regional areas to meet and speak to each other,” Ms McFarlane said.

“Most have come to work in regional areas from Melbourne and tend to head back to the city on the weekends, but this is a way of getting everyone out of their work environment and into a social setting.”

She said it could be daunting for a young lawyer to attend a social event where they didn’t know anyone, but the benefits included being part of a supportive network.

“There were a lot of different events held, including drinks with barristers and we also got the local judiciary involved in some areas, which offers younger lawyers an invaluable opportunity to speak to the local magistrate they will appear before.”

Nine separate events for young lawyers were held from the Wimmera across to Gippsland during the RSYL week from 5-11 October.

LIV Young Lawyers’ Section manager Anna Alexander said the events were aimed at helping young lawyers establish local contacts. It was also an opportunity to welcome those who were new to the region.

“The young lawyers involved in organising the events worked really hard and overall the events were really successful,” Ms Alexander said.

For more information about the Young Lawyers’ Section, see www.liv.asn.au/Membership/Practice-Sections/Young-Lawyers.

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