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LIV home for government, later lawyers


Cite as: (2003) 77(9) LIJ, p.15

Government lawyers and practitioners who have come to the profession later in life now have groups at the Law Institute dedicated to their work.

The first official meeting of government lawyers organised by the Institute was held on 10 July, while the Later Lawyers Network held its first meeting on 7 July.

About 140 government lawyers attended the Institute’s Tony Smith Lecture Theatre to hear Monash University associate professor of law Sue McNicol speak on the topic of privilege as it applied to government lawyers.

Institute CEO John Cain said the seminar was a successful attempt to gauge the interest of government lawyers in forming either a Committee or Section.

“To end up with 140 people over a lunchtime ... shows that there is a desperate need to address the issues that are important to government lawyers. We see this as the springboard to start it from there,” Mr Cain said.

Another meeting of government lawyers was scheduled for 27 August.

The Later Lawyers Network, an initiative of the Institute’s Young Lawyers’ Section, brings together mature-aged graduates entering the legal profession.

Young Lawyers’ Section manager Jacqui Boymal said the term “later lawyers” was chosen at the July meeting as it described unique previous career and life experiences without being overly focused on age.

Network coordinators are Melbourne University law student Chris Swan and Village Roadshow in-house solicitor Deborah Bucher.

The group’s first seminar, “Law: succeeding in your second or third career”, will take place on Monday, 13 October.

For more information on the Later Lawyers Network, contact Mr Swan at, Ms Bucher at or the Institute’s Young Lawyers’ Section at

For more information about the government lawyers group, email Austine Behenna at


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