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LIV Advocacy

Every Issue

Cite as: March 2013 87 (3) LIJ, p.08

To represent the interests of members and the wider community, the LIV actively seeks to influence policy and legislation through lobbying and submissions to government, the courts and other bodies.

Family Court meeting

LIV president Reynah Tang and LIV CEO Michael Brett Young met with the Chief Justice of the Family Court Diana Bryant. They discussed changes to legal aid.

Herbert Smith Freehills talks

Mr Tang and Mr Brett Young met with Herbert Smith Freehills managing partner John Curtis. They discussed Mr Tang’s agenda as president, including issues relating to diversity and model profession reform.

Law library project

Mr Tang attended a board meeting of the Law Library of Victoria Project.

Legal aid talks

Mr Tang and Mr Brett Young met with Victoria Legal Aid executives including managing director Bevan Warner. They discussed changed guidelines including details of changes to criminal and family law.

Legal laneway breakfast

Mr Brett Young attended the legal laneway breakfast which was hosted by the Victoria Law Foundation (VLF). VLF executive director Joh Kirby attended.

LSB meeting

Mr Brett Young met with Legal Services Board CEO Michael McGarvie.

New LIV Council

Mr Tang and Mr Brett Young attended the induction of new LIV Council members.

Opening of the legal year

Mr Brett Young attended the opening of the legal year community service at the County Court and Mr Tang attended the Ecumenical service at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. Mr Tang delivered a reading.

PILCH on board

Mr Tang and Mr Brett Young met with PILCH executive director Fiona McLeay. They discussed the new PILCH board and the LIVLAS scheme.

Profession reforms

Mr Tang and Mr Brett Young met with Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark. Topics discussed included model profession reforms, a mediation and arbitration centre for Melbourne, the possibility of an Asian lawyer exchange and legal aid, in particular the federal government’s contribution.

VEOHRC report

Mr Tang met with Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) acting commissioner Karen Toohey. They discussed further action following the VEOHRC report “Changing the rules – the experience of female lawyers in Victoria”.

Zimbabwean delegation

Mr Brett Young met with a delegation from the Zimbabwean government. The meeting was hosted by the College of Law.


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