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LIV Advocacy

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Cite as: March 2015 89 (3) LIJ, p.10

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.

Australasian College of Legal Medicine

LIV CEO Nerida Wallace met with past Council member, ACLM deputy president and now chief medical officer of Monash Health and Monash University clinical professor Erwin Loh to discuss joint initiatives on expert witness training.

Mandatory data retention submission

LIV president Katie Miller spoke with Law Society of Western Australia president Matthew Keogh about the proposed Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. Ms Miller also met with Law Council of Australia Secretary-General Martyn Hagan to discuss the LCA’s submission to and appearance before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. See p14.

National Profession Uniform Law

Ms Wallace met with Legal Services Council CEO Dale Boucher to discuss the Legal Profession Uniform Law and what lawyers need to know about the changes. See Q&A p22 for more on the Legal Profession Uniform Law which is expected to commence mid-year.

New LIV Council members meet

Ms Miller and Ms Wallace met with new LIV council members Misty Royce, Sam Pandya and Jing Zhu to discuss their role and ideas for 2015.

NSW law associations

Ms Wallace met with The Law Society of NSW CEO Michael Tidball and NSW Bar Association executive director Philip Selth.

Supreme Court of Victoria anniversary

Ms Miller and Ms Wallace met with Chief Justice Marilyn Warren to discuss plans in development for the CBD legal precinct and the LIV’s 2015 initiatives. They also met with Dr Simon Smith regarding next year’s 175th anniversary of the Supreme Court. Dr Smith is leading a team putting together the history of the Victorian Supreme Court. See p20.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Ms Miller and Ms Wallace met with the VCAT president Justice Greg Garde to discuss the effect of changes to VCAT’s jurisdiction in respect of powers of attorney and VCAT’s new security measures. Ms Miller and Ms Wallace met separately with senior members Jonathan Smithers and Gerry Butcher to discuss decisions on disciplinary and civil matters at the tribunal where legal practitioners are involved. They also spoke about issues routinely encountered at VCAT, such as common non-compliance with costs disclosure obligations, and changes that lie ahead when the Legal Profession Uniform Law begins.

Wellbeing and the Law Foundation annual general meeting

Ms Wallace attended the AGM alongside WATL chair the Hon Bernard Teague. The WATL Foundation was established to support the mental health and wellbeing of lawyers. The board evaluated the goals achieved by WATL so far. In the nine months since its launch through to 30 June 2014 WATL raised more than $30,000. The focus for WATL in 2015 will be on health promotion, systemic and work environment issues in the legal community, physical drivers for mental health and the importance of social connectedness; and primary prevention – helping lawyers to understand their own risk factors for becoming unwell and when, where and how to seek help.

Mandatory data retention Bill

The LIV has sent a submission on the mandatory data retention Bill to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security recommending that the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 not be passed. In its submission, the LIV raises more than 30 serious questions about the impact of the Bill on the human rights of all Australians, including rights to privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association, and the fact that fundamental aspects of the data retention scheme remain unclear.

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