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LIV elder statesman retires

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Cite as: Jan/Feb 2015 89 (1/2) LIJ, p.13

Former LIV president Mark Woods has retired from LIV Council after a record 23 years. 

To mark his departure, Mr Woods was presented with a 23-year-old bottle of Grange, arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine, at the LIV Council meeting in December.

Immediate past-president Geoff Bowyer commended Mr Woods for his “outstanding service to members of this profession” since 1991. “He is a go-to person for this organisation,” Mr Bowyer said.

Mr Woods was the longstanding chair of the Access to Justice committee, and has played a leading role in legal aid campaigns. He represented the LIV at the Law Council of Australia and contributed on numerous committees with the LIV and other legal stakeholders.

The remodelling of the LIV library during his term as president in 1995 was a key achievement, Mr Woods said.

“The LIV introduced online borrowing and research for our members, which was a first for the profession nationally,” Mr Woods said.

He is also proud of the Legal Assistance Scheme which has referred many Victorians to member firms to undertake pro bono work for them; the reasonable legal aid system in Victoria after battles with state and federal governments over funding; the LIV’s maturing relationships with interstate and overseas law societies over the past 10 years; and the introduction of the law aid funding scheme that allows small firms to do pro bono work on a contingency basis.

Mr Woods will stay on a number of LIV committees this year. “I will continue my work on access to justice nationally and internationally, and I might have a little bit more time to devote to my practice,” Mr Woods said.

Former LIV president Reynah Tang and LIV councillor Tracey Smail also retired from Council after joining in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

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