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A week to remember

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Cite as: December 2010 84(12) LIJ, p.17

Hundreds of suburban and bush lawyers have united for a week of debate, networking and good times.

The annual Regional and Suburban Lawyers Week, held 4-10 October, saw events held in the eastern, southern and western suburbs of Melbourne, Geelong, Gippsland, Bendigo, the Western District, Mornington and the Wimmera.

These included tenpin bowling, “Trivial pursuits in suits”, a young lawyers lunch and the “Old Smarts v Upstarts” barefoot lawn bowls competition.

A “Dine in the Vines” evening was held at a Traralgon vineyard, while the Office of Public Prosecutions hosted a sold-out “Cocktails with Counsel” evening in Geelong.

LIV Regional & Suburban Young Lawyers Committee chair Kim McFarlane said the week allowed young lawyers to network and tell war stories about their experiences.

Topics discussed included appearing in the Magistrates’ Court, available support services for clients, handling difficult clients, plea making and the benefits of practising in regional Victoria.

“[The week] also enables the young lawyers to create new friendships whilst finding peer support,” Ms McFarlane said.

Dine in the Vines, for example, presented an invaluable opportunity for young lawyers to discuss issues with members of the local judiciary.

LIV Young Lawyers’ Section president Julie Fraser said other topics discussed included the importance of networking and mentoring.

She said the often disparate experiences that graduates had in different firms before achieving full qualification, and the role that the new practical legal training program has played in addressing the issue, were also keenly discussed.

For more information about the YLS, or country and suburban law associations, see under “Membership” on the LIV website www.liv.asn.au.

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