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Young lawyers in Jailhouse Rock

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Cite as: (2002) 76(10) LIJ, p.21

The jail where bushranger Ned Kelly took his last breath may seem an unusual place to hold a party. But for more than 350 young lawyers on 21 September, the eerie surrounds of the Old Melbourne Gaol provided the atmospheric backdrop for the first Young Lawyers’ Ball in many years.

The Ball’s theme – “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Gavels” – called for formal dress with a crooked touch. Some partygoers dressed as famous tough guys, such as Humphrey Bogart, while others slipped into their best formal attire.

Actor Mark Laurence lent to the atmosphere of the occasion by playing the role of warden, leading the more rowdy members of the party to either the gallows or the condemned cell.

The Law Institute’s Young Lawyers’ Section manager Jacqui Boymal said the idea to hold the Ball in the jail came from the Section’s Social Committee.

“We wanted to do something different, yet still have it tie in somehow with our profession,” Ms Boymal said.

“There was no doubt the venue ended up being one of the highlights of the Ball.”

Ms Boymal said the Young Lawyers’ Section would be holding another ball in 2003 and had already been approached by people wanting to reserve tickets for next year.

JASON SILVERII

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