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LIV award winner appointed to bench

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Cite as: July 2015 89 (7) LIJ, p.13

The appointment in May of award-winning former LIV councillor Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou to the Supreme Court was welcomed by the LIV.

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LIV president Katie Miller said Associate Justice Ierodiaconou’s appointment was recognition of her outstanding career as a solicitor and advocate for flexibility and diversity in the legal profession.

“Associate Justice Ierodiaconou was a powerful and inspirational voice on our council, urging more to be done to promote flexible work practices and to fight depression in the legal profession,” Ms Miller said. “Through her work as co-founder of Justitia, she demonstrated that it was not only possible to offer flexible workplaces in the law, but to be successful as well. In doing so, Associate Justice Ierodiaconou was a trailblazer in adopting NewLaw principles for law firm practice.

“Her career reflects the significant role solicitors play in the legal profession, not only in delivering services to clients, but also in improving the experience of practice and access to justice for all.”

Associate Justice Ierodiaconou was elected to LIV Council in 2010 and retired in December 2012. She was instrumental in bringing the issue of diversity to the LIV Council and was chair of the diversity taskforce; was involved in the lawyers with disAbilities committee, and was also a member of the LIJ editorial committee and LIV mental health steering committee.

Her firm Justitia was awarded Law Firm of the Year in 2013 and practises in employment, OHS, discrimination and industrial relations. Associate Justice Ierodiaconou has received an LIV Certificate of Service for her contributions to the LIV and the legal profession.

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