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Legal laneway breakfast

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Cite as: March 2014 88 (03) LIJ, p.15

Court Network executive director Dr Melanie Heenan will be glad she attended the legal laneway breakfast on 5 February because she won first prize in the raffle – a push bike worth almost $600.

The winning ticket was drawn by Attorney-General Robert Clark, who addressed early starters from the legal profession gathered in Hardware Lane for the popular annual event hosted by the Victoria Law Foundation.

“2014 will not be a dull year in the law, I can assure you,” Mr Clark said, adding the Victorian government planned to reform laws of discovery, civil appeals and VCAT regulations.

“We will be making further inroads into more troublesome areas of the law.”

At the breakfast, VLF executive director Joh Kirby launched a guide to addressing members of the judiciary. What do I call the judge? spells out what to call a judge, magistrate or member of a tribunal when speaking or writing to them.

Also attending the breakfast was Shadow Attorney-General Martin Pakula, Victorian Bar chair Will Alstergren, LIV president Geoff Bowyer, Prahran state Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown, Legal Services Commissioner Michael McGarvie and VEOHRC chair Kate Jenkins. Master of ceremonies was Victorian Law Reform Commission chairman Philip Cummins.

Proceeds from the raffle went to the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Research Institute for their joint Let’s Read literacy initiative.

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