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Government Lawyers Group launched

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Cite as: (2004) 78(3) LIJ, p. 15

More than 150 government lawyers attended the launch of a new Law Institute group that will give a voice to issues affecting legal professionals in public service.

Attorney-General Rob Hulls launched the Government Lawyers Group, which is a committee of the Law Institute Council, on 12 February at the Institute’s Tony Smith Lecture Theatre.

Mr Hulls said such a group was long overdue and would give voice to the needs and issues of government lawyers.

He said it was important that such a group helped raise the already high standards set by government lawyers.

“It’s important that government lawyers take the lead and make their work areas centres of legal excellence.”

Law Institute president Chris Dale told the gathering that government lawyers had long been overlooked and that it was timely that the Institute moved to bring the group into the profession’s “broad church”.

The chair of the Government Lawyers Committee, which formed the group, Julie Van Dort, said the success of three Professional Development seminars for government lawyers showed the potential of the group.

Ms Van Dort, a legislation officer at Consumer Affairs Victoria, then launched a discussion paper on what direction the group should take.

She said the group was keen to hear from government lawyers on what services they would like the group to provide and the issues they would like to see covered.

Copies of the discussion paper are available at http://www.liv.asn.au/news/events/special.html.

Submissions in response to the discussion paper can be sent to the Law Institute at 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 or by email at abehenna@liv.asn.au by 30 April 2004.

For more information about the Government Lawyers Group, email Ms Van Dort at julie.a.vandort@justice.vic.gov.au.

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