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Five new rules for younger lawyers

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Cite as: (2008) 82(7) LIJ, p. 34

Good advice was in plentiful supply at a recent LIV reception for newly admitted practitioners.

LIV Young Lawyers’ Section president Lucy Terracall introduced the “unedited, unauthorised Part 7 of the Legal Profession Rules 2005”.

“I see these rules following on from Part 6 of the Rules quite nicely and they relate specifically to newly admitted practitioners and junior lawyers,” the Clayton Utz third-year lawyer said.

Ms Terracall advised the new practitioners of her five new rules. They were:

Rule 1 – Reputation maketh the man or woman;

Rule 2 – Don’t be an articled partner;

Rule 3 – Always be honest and admit your mistakes;

Rule 4 – Let your personality shine through; and

Rule 5 – Be proud to be an Australian lawyer.

In welcoming the newly admitted practitioners, LIV CEO Mike Brett Young encouraged them to consider the LIV as a natural place for them to belong.

“By being involved in the LIV, you can contribute to keeping the legal profession an effective contributor to the broader Victorian community. And you can also enjoy the benefits and satisfaction that come from being involved in such an active and influential organisation.”

He said the LIV could also help to foster their careers within the law by providing continuing education, networking and mentoring opportunities.

“Another piece of advice that I would like to pass on to you is to find a suitable mentor within the profession.

“For your mentor, I suggest seeking someone who takes a principled and compassionate approach to problems.

“Look for someone you can easily bounce ideas off and discuss possibilities; someone who can offer you sensible, practical suggestions based on sound knowledge of the law. These are the good people to work with,” Mr Brett Young said.

About 130 people attended the event on 22 May. For more information on the Young Lawyers’ Section, see http://www.liv.asn.au/members/sections/younglawyers/.

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