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Institute Update

Every Issue

Cite as: (2003) 77(10) LIJ, p.102

The Council held its meeting in Bendigo at the Old Town Hall on 28 August in front of members of the Bendigo Law Association, including president James Leach. Among the issues discussed at the meeting were the draft rules for the Continuing Professional Development Scheme and the Victorian Bar’s Model Briefing Policy. The Council also welcomed new Council member Catherine Gale.

Catherine Gale
Council welcomed new member Catherine Gale, who has filled the position left vacant by the resignation of Judith Peirce. Ms Gale was admitted to practice in 1977 and worked at Wisewoulds as a solicitor from 1977 to 1983. She then moved to the Crown Solicitor’s Office in Hong Kong, where she worked until 1988 when she returned to practise in Melbourne.

Since 2002 she has been Victoria Legal Aid’s family law services coordinator.

Draft rules for the Continuing Professional Development Scheme
The Continuing Professional Development Scheme will begin on 1 January 2004 after Council passed the scheme’s draft rules. For more information on the scheme, go to page 21 of this edition of the LIJ.

The Victorian Bar’s Model Briefing Policy
The Council endorsed the Victorian Bar’s Model Briefing Policy in light of the results contained in the Bar’s survey report into appearances, which was released on 21 August. The Council also approved the distribution of a joint letter from the Bar and LIV to the LIV membership supporting the policy and encouraging members to follow the guidelines when briefing counsel. For more information on the policy, go to page 18 of this edition of the LIJ.

What’s on at the LIV

Professional Development

For more information about these events, contact Professional Development at or tel 9536 7840.

  • Young Lawyers’ 2003 Annual Lecture Series

7 October: Personal Injury Litigation Update
14 October: Legal Issues and the Internet
21 October: Introduction to Mergers and Acquisitions
28 October: Choosing the Right Business or Investment Structure for your Client

  • Young Lawyers’ Essential Skills Series – Making the Right Moves

15 October: How to Make an Effective Presentation

  • Negotiation Skills Workshop – A one day negotiation skills course

No, Maybe, Yes ... The Art of Successful Negotiation
When: Wednesday, 24 October 2003 from 9am-5.45pm
Where: La Trobe University, City Campus
Topics include negotiation essentials, the skilled negotiator, preparation, communication skills, identifying needs, being persuasive and tricks and traps.

  • Grundig LIV 2003 Annual Commercial Law Conference

“Regulators Rule ... OK?”
When: Friday, 10 October 2003, 9.15am-5pm
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre
The presentations will cover the latest developments in commercial law, with a specific focus on the regulators.

  • Grundig LIV 2003 Annual Litigation Lawyers Conference

When: Thursday, 16 October 2003, 9.15am- 5pm
Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, Southbank
Attend the torts list or the commercial list as the conference is split into two streams. Worth 5 CPD hours, this conference is an ideal educational and networking event.

  • 2003 Annual Wills and Estates Conference

Proudly sponsored by LexisNexis and Greens List
When: Wednesday, 22 October 2003, 8.50am- 4.30pm
Where: Sofitel, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne

  • Grundig LIV 2003 Annual Property and Environmental Law Conference

When: Friday, 31 October 2003, 9.15am-5pm
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre
The ever-popular PELS conference is now split into two streams to cater for varying practice requirements. Worth 5 CPD hours, this is an ideal educational and networking event.

Young Lawyers

  • Indigenous Law Students’ Day

When: 3 October 2003
This special event is designed to encourage indigenous law students to pursue fulfilling careers in the legal profession. The day will include a tour of the Supreme Court with a special address by Eames J, a special panel of guest speakers discussing legal careers, a tour around the offices of Deacons and a “get to know you” lunch with junior practitioners.

Free of charge for all indigenous law students and accompanying university staff.

RSVP: tel 9607 9370, or via email to

  • Young Lawyers and Junior Victorian Bar Networking Event

When: 17 October 2003
This social and networking event is jointly hosted by the Young Lawyers’ Section and the new Junior Victorian Bar. Venue: The Apartment Bar, 401 Little Bourke Street, from 6pm. Complimentary drinks on arrival. For further details, please email Charlotte Hanna at Proudly sponsored by Michael Page Legal.

  • Legal Fun Run and Power Walk

When: Monday, 24 November 2003
Race starts at 6.30pm sharp. Run or power-walk around the Tan Track, Royal Botanic Gardens.

Prize ceremony and gourmet BBQ for all participants following the race. Proudly sponsored by Greens List & Hughes Castell.

Tel: 9607 9370 for further details and to obtain a registration form. Bookings essential.

  • Profiles Careers Handbook 2004 – out now

Looking for legal employment or articles of clerkship? Let us make your search easier with the Profiles Careers Handbook 2004. Latest edition available from the Law Institute bookshop, $27.50. Visit the bookshop at 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne, or call 9607 9348.

  • Australian Young Lawyer Events and Cocktail Party

When: Friday, 21 November 2003, Duxton Hotel, 6pm

  • National Golden Gavel Competition

Young lawyers from all over Australia will engage in a battle of spontaneous legal wit for the title of “National Golden Gavel” champion.

  • Australian Young Lawyer Awards

The Law Council of Australia will award the annual prize for outstanding contributions made by young lawyers across Australia.
Tel: 9607 9370 for further details and to obtain a booking form. Bookings essential. Proudly sponsored by Hughes Castell

LIV Governance And Representation

LIV Executive

President Bill O’Shea, 9607 9367
Vice President Chris Dale, 9286 6164
Immediate Past President David Faram, 5821 4566
Treasurer Victoria Strong, 9685 6425
Executive Member Aurora Kostezky, 9670 0700

LIV Council Members

Simon Begg 9620 0700
John Corcoran 9609 1555
Richard Fleming 8686 6000
Catherine Gale 9269 0234
Peter Little 9342 1817
Kirsten Mander 9673 0460
Tom May 9670 6123
Tina Millar 9336 2411
Christopher Penman 8344 7855
Geoff Provis 9612 8347
Erskine Rodan 9329 8744
John Weigl 5222 2277
Mark Woods 5174 6311

LIV Suburban Law Association Presidents

Eastern Suburbs Law Association
Pippa Sampson 9562 0811
Northern Suburbs Law Association
Andrew Wilson 9499 1899
North Western Solicitors Association
Bruce Millar 9336 2411
Southern Solicitors Group
Michael Pharr 9596 6022
Western Suburbs Law Association
Peter Mecoles 9687 3211

LIV Country Law Association Presidents

Ballarat & District Law Association
Anita Rose-Innes 5331 7888
Bendigo Law Association
James Leach 5444 0906
Geelong Law Association
Jim Rutherford 5221 7166
Gippsland Law Association
Jacqui Billings 5127 1944
Goulburn Valley Law Association
Danny Barlow 5821 9544
Mornington Peninsula Solicitors
Nick Roberts 5975 4133
North East Law Association
Ian Watkins 5721 2149
North West Law Association
Shane Ryan 5023 0571
Western District Law Association
Doug Laidlaw 5560 3444
Wimmera Law Association
Janelle Brown 5382 0061

To find out more about LIV Governance and Representation see and or telephone the Secretary to the Council on 9607 9372 or email


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