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Celebrating the legal life


Cite as: Cite as: March 2012 86 (03) LIJ, p.12

The legal profession stood united on 30 January to celebrate the opening of the 2012 legal year.

The traditional observances, which began 400 years ago in London, are the chief annual ceremonies for the profession and provide a rare opportunity for the public to glimpse the full pageantry of the law outside a courtroom.

Religious services this year were held in Melbourne at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral and Temple Beth Israel.

A regional service was also held in Geelong’s St Mary of the Angels Basilica on 16 January.

LIV president Michael Holcroft attended the St Paul’s service, where he read an Act of Dedication. It read, in part, “as upholders and guardians of the law, we commit ourselves afresh to act with discernment and balance, with integrity and compassion . . . for the protection of all people and the common good”.

LIV CEO Michael Brett Young attended the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) ceremony, this year held in the County Court of Victoria’s Waldron Hall.

The theme for speakers at the fifth annual ICJ event, who included Family Court of Australia Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO and Professor Frank Brennan AO, was “how the community and legal system work together towards achieving a just society”.

On 1 February, the ninth annual Victoria Law Foundation Legal Laneway Breakfast was held in Hardware Lane. Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark and around 300 legal practitioners attended the popular networking event.


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