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Driving home the “Law Week” message


Cite as: (2005) 79(7) LIJ, p. 17

The “On the Road” seminar held at the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) proved to be a highlight of this year’s Law Week.

About 200 probationary and learner drivers attended the seminar on 17 May to learn about road law.

However, this new event was only one of the attractions of the week, coordinated by the LIV and the Victoria Law Foundation, which was held from 15-21 May.

With a national theme, “Opening the Doors to Law”, Law Week provided an opportunity for the community to learn about the law and the legal system and for lawyers to become involved in their communities and demonstrate their skills.

Along with the traditional court tours, career expos, art and history exhibitions, other highlights included:

  • the Pitcher Partners President’s Luncheon on 18 May, featuring Victorian Ombudsman and Director of Police Integrity George Brouwer as guest speaker;
  • the annual “Wills seminar” on 21 May, with many of the questions this year focusing on medical powers of attorney;
  • the LIV Young Lawyers’ Section hosted seminar on animal rights at Tony Starr’s Kitten Club on 18 May; and
  • “The Great Law Week Debate” which again sold out despite moving to the bigger National Gallery of Victoria venue. Monash University’s best legal and medical minds contested the issue of “Litigation is causing the death of medical practice”.

Following the success of this year, planning has already begun for Law Week 2006.


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