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Cite as: (2007) 81(6) LIJ, p. 102

LIV Council

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Council received an update on climate change projects at its monthly meeting on 19 April.

Guest speakers Louise Muir-Smith and Fiona McLeod SC spoke on the Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Climate change projects

Council at its March meeting approved the establishment of three LIV climate change projects, including an emissions trading scheme, practice management initiatives and a court practice and procedures plan.

LIV treasurer Danny Barlow indicated there had been significant developments as regards the Emissions Trading Scheme and he would report in more detail at the May meeting.

Councillor Chris Molnar said the first meeting of the working party to discuss practice management issues had been held and it was anticipated recommendations would be before Council at its June meeting.

Councillor Bruce Pippett noted that as regards court practice and procedures, the group was in the process of ascertaining what procedures were already in place in each of the courts.

LIV CEO Mike Brett Young said he would place this matter on the agenda for his next meeting with court CEOs.

Williamson Community Leadership Program

Program manager Ms Muir-Smith gave a rundown on the program and how applicants were selected.

The program draws together 36 Victorians with 10-12 years experience in the workforce, who have already displayed leadership and are above average achievers.

Ms Muir-Smith said it was deliberate policy to select from a diverse range of professions so they were able to build up a wide-ranging network.

During the year they are part of the program, the attendees will take part in 34 events ranging from luncheons, seminars and field trips. Attendance is a requirement of the program.

Participants learn to listen, learn to ask questions succinctly, learn to work with their own peer group and to delegate.

The chance to build a network of peers was invaluable, Ms Muir-Smith said.

Ms McLeod spoke about her experiences with the program and how valuable it had been for her.

For further information on the program, see Applications close on 31 August.

What’s on at the LIV

Human rights for lesbians and gay men: progress and prospects

A panel discussion moderated by LIV Councillor and former chair of the LIV’s Administrative and Human Rights Law Section Dominique Saunders to develop awareness of human rights issues arising in relation to homosexual and bisexual members of our community, and to mark the anniversaries of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York and the Victorian Relationships Acts of 2001. Speakers to be confirmed.

When: Thursday, 28 June, from 1-2pm

Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Cost: Free of charge. Lunch will not be provided

Inquiries: LIV Events on ph 9607 9504 or email

Professional Development

Unless otherwise specified, for more information on the following events go to or email

CPD units All of the programs outlined below are designed to meet the CPD Rules requirements. The CPD Rules state the following in relation to claiming CPD units for attendance at professional development programs: “If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long-term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of law, then you should claim one unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included”.

Young Lawyers 2007 Annual Lecture Series (1.5 CPD units)

12 June Preparing for and Appearing in Practice Court Applications

19 June Commercial Leases

21 June Introductory Negotiation Skills: The power of principle (Part of the Survival Skills Series)

Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Division 12A: Child-related Proceedings – Legal update

(1.5 CPD units)

With the reduction in the “pool” after the blitz there are more cases now being heard in the Family Court that issued after 1 July 2006. This means Division 12A will apply. This legal update will look at what the legal and practical implications are when preparing and running a final hearing in the Family Court at Melbourne in a child-related matter when Division 12A applies.

When: Thursday,14 June, from 5.30-7pm

Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Speaker: Evelyn Bender, Victoria Legal Aid

Dealing with Difficult Clients – Legal update (1.5 CPD units)

This seminar will help lawyers to understand the behaviour of difficult people as all lawyers should acquire the skills to manage a difficult communication with a difficult client.

When: Monday, 18 June, from 5.30-7pm

Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Wrongful Payments of Cheques – Specialist forum (2 CPD units)

Part of the Advanced Civil Litigation Seminar Series

This seminar will review the current law in Victoria involving alleged wrongful payment or collection of cheques, and the liability of banks for knowingly dealing with or receiving money.

When: Wednesday, 20 June, from 5.30-7pm

Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Speakers: Barrister Robert Strong and Gadens partner and commercial litigation accredited specialist Steven Troeth

Introduction to Collaborative Law – Workshop (12 CPD units)

This two-day workshop will provide practitioners with an introduction to collaborative practice.

When: Friday, 6 July and Saturday, 7 July, from 8.30am-4.30pm

Where: Pacific International Conference Centre, Level 3, 451 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Speakers: Kennedy Wisewoulds solicitor and accredited family law specialist Cathy Gale and director, Centre for the Study of Professions and director, Centre for Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University Professor Tania Sourdin

Managing Email Effectively – Legal update

This program is designed for people struggling with the volume of email they receive every day.

When: Monday, 9 July, from 5.30-7pm

Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Young Lawyers

Hanover and LIV Mooting Competition Grand Final

The grand final of the annual Hanover and LIV mooting competition will be held before a Full Court of the Supreme Court. The grand final will be between the two winning teams from the rounds with the highest scores.

When: Thursday, 21 June, from 6-7pm

Where: Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William Street

Cost: Free to attend but please contact Janet Harris, Hanover Welfare Services on ph 9695 8368 or email to register your interest.

Drinks with the Magistrates: Southern suburbs

Catch up with young lawyers in your area over a drink and listen to Federal Magistrate Phipps and Magistrate Batt share tips for young lawyers and talk about how to achieve a successful career in the law.

When: Thursday, 14 June, from 6-8pm

Where: Dandenong Pavilion, 55-61 Princes Highway, Dandenong

Cost: Free. Finger food provided, drinks at bar prices

Contact: For further information and to RSVP, contact Steve Michelson, Southern Suburbs Young Lawyers’ committee co-chair on ph 9794 2535 or email

LIV Governance & Representation



Geoff Provis 9607 9367


Anthony Burke 9822 8588

Immediate Past President

Catherine Gale 9618 7300


Danny Barlow 5823 7660

Executive Member

Steven Stevens 9288 1241


Caroline Counsel 9328 5810

David Faram 5821 4566

Carol Geyer 9605 2858

Aurora Kostezky 8602 9208

Anthony (Tom) May 9641 8917

Christopher Molnar 9612 2300

Bill O’Shea 9276 3750

Bruce Pippett 9592 7800

Dominique Saunders 9609 1598

Patrick Sweeney 9672 5800

Elissa Watson 5134 8055

Stuart Webb 9269 0185

Mark Woods 5174 6311


Eastern Suburbs Law Association
Ron Rowe 9888 6088

Northern Suburbs Law Association
Jennifer Mairs 9848 4144

North Western Solicitors Association
George Conlan 9370 3636

Southern Solicitors Group
Celina Roth 9592 7744

Western Suburbs Law Association
Linda Paric 0422 961 005

LIV country LAW

Ballarat & District Law Association
Fleur Jackson 5332 1584

Bendigo Law Association
Megan Aumair 5444 0906

Geelong Law Association
Deb Anderson 5222 2077

Gippsland Law Association
Mark Woods 5174 6311

Goulburn Valley Law Association
Anthony Coote 5821 4144

Mornington Peninsula SolicitorsAssociation
Nick Roberts 5977 4000

North East Law Association
Karen Keegan 5752 1255

North West Law Association
John Roccisano 5021 6227

Western District Law Association
James Nicol 5560 2000

To find out more about LIV Governance and Representation see and or telephone the Secretary to the Council on 9607 9372 or email


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