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Council

Every Issue

Cite as: December 2015 89 (12) LIJ, p.88

The LIV Council meets each month to consider issues of importance to members, the legal profession and the community. 

Council update

The 15 October meeting was hosted by the North West Law Association at a venue in Essendon.

At the meeting, Council considered legal education in Australia and support of law graduates into legal careers. Council also considered Uniform Law provisions to Specialisation Scheme Rules and nominees for Law Council of Australia (LCA) elections.

Supporting graduates

Council noted a progress report by the LIV Membership Committee on supporting graduates into legal careers. The report detailed findings of research into progression of law graduates from study to entry into legal practice.

Findings were informed by data collection, analysis and input and review by the Membership Committee and the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee. It was proposed that a forum be developed to deliver and discuss outcomes and future work and activities.

Specialisation Scheme Rules

Council discussed proposed amendments to incorporate the relevant Uniform Law provisions to the Specialisation Scheme Rules and, in addition, the proposal to add a new clause which makes disclosure requirements for applicants seeking accreditation consistent with the requirements for specialists seeking re-accreditation. Council agreed that further amendments of clauses 4.7(b) and 5.10.5(c) were required to broaden powers to inquire on international convictions for applicants or specialists seeking re-accreditation. Council resolved to adopt the proposed changes, subject to a further amendment of clauses 4.7(b) and 5.10.5(c) for the inclusion of the requirement for either an applicant or specialist seeking re-accreditation being required to report to the Legal Services Board any convictions of a state, federal or international court made against them involving dishonesty or moral turpitude.

Legal education – survey and submission

Council heard the LIV will make a submission in response to the LCA discussion paper on legal education in Australia. It will be informed by a recently conducted member survey. Councillor Sue Kee is Council liaison for the project. Ms Kee will review and approve the submission with final approval by LIV president Katie Miller.

LCA elections

Former LIV president Caroline Counsel was selected for nomination in the LCA executive member election. Former LIV president Geoff Bowyer expressed his interest in continuing in the role of LCA director for a further year, which was supported unanimously by Council.

Letters of Demand Guidelines

Council heard the publication has been amended to reflect significant changes to the law since the earlier ASIC Debt Collection Guidelines were published in 2005.

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