Areas of Law
The LIV represent a diverse range of leaders in law across many practice areas, roles and interests. If you want to ensure you stay up to date on your area of law and play a part in influencing future policy, practice and law reform, you can get involved by joining a practice section's committee or working group.
As a member of the LIV, we encourage you to be part of the advocacy efforts and work that we do to lobby for policy and legislative change that positively impacts the legal profession and the community and increases access to justice for vulnerable members of the community. No matter the stage of your career or your area of practice, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, have your say and make a difference in the Victorian legal profession.
Practice Sections & Committees
The LIV has 13 practice sections representing a broad range of practice areas. Each practice section has a number of committees and/or working groups which focus on policy and law reform activities in a specific aspect of the practice area/s their section represents. For example, the Commercial Law Section represents a broad range of commercial lawyers and its committees are broken down to focus on specific areas including Business & Corporate Law, Taxation Law, Financial Services, Competition and Consumer Law, etc. Across all 13 Sections, there are 84 committees and/or working groups. More than 1400 members are part of a section and/or committee.
Each committee meets approximately five to eight times per year and is attended and supported by a staff member from the LIV's Legal Policy department, who not only provides secretarial support to each committee but also plays a key role in assisting the committee's advocacy efforts by undertaking research, preparing submissions, coordinating expert guest speakers to attend committee meetings, attending stakeholder meetings and generally liaising between LIV departments and the committee.
Joining an LIV committee is a great way to:
Have Your Say: Committees regularly lobby state and federal governments to make policy and legislative change to improve the experiences of the legal profession and the community. The LIV's committees play a central role in identifying and shaping the LIV's policy and law reform agenda.
Grow Professionally: Tap into the expertise of your peers and leading professionals by working with them and discussing policy and law reform ideas relevant to the committee.
Stay Connected: LIV committee members come from a range of experience levels and include accredited specialists and leading professionals. Committees are a great way to expand your professional network and develop closer working relationships with the leading experts, professionals, judicial officers and other stakeholders in your area of law.
Keep up to date: Committees often discuss the latest section-specific news, developments and upcoming programs and are a great way of keeping up to date with your substantive legal knowledge.
Stay ahead of the game: LIV committees are at the forefront of legislative and legal practice change and being a committee member gives you first hand knowledge of what is likely to change in your practice area.