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The real reason you became a lawyer

30 May 2013

A few weeks ago during an interview for a Young Lawyer’s blog, the LIV President Reynah Tang told me that the most rewarding thing about being a lawyer is being able to make a difference in people's lives. It's why most of us became interested in a career in law in the first place right?
 

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Bailing out disadvantaged youth

23 May 2013

It’s not every day that I volunteer to get locked up. Michael and I are going to jail to highlight that it’s sometimes a place where the most disadvantaged children end up. And they shouldn’t.

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A medical cure for the RRR lawyer drought

23 May 2013

A scheme in the medical profession for training doctors may offer a solution to the looming crisis for access to justice in rural, regional and remote areas.

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A ‘Fair Go’ for access to justice

16 May 2013

“The fair go is at the heart of everything Labor stands for,” Treasurer Wayne Swan told Parliament as he handed down the Federal Budget this week.

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A life in the law: Tips from the top

16 May 2013

YLS struck a major coup last week by being granted the opportunity to sit down with LIV President and tax lawyer extraordinaire Reynah Tang for a one on one chat in which Reynah shared his professional insight and tips to young lawyers.

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Trying to 'budge it'

10 May 2013

The Victorian Coalition government’s 2013-14 state budget, released on Tuesday, is unfortunately a case of a band-aid solution for legal aid and the justice system. The Law Institute had been calling on the state government to make an immediate one-off $10 million injection into legal aid funding and then, via the budget, provide appropriate ongoing recurrent funding.

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Mentoring: Want to be Led, Guided and Inspired?

09 May 2013

Mentoring benefits mentors, mentees, law firms in terms of the retention of staff, the legal consumer in terms of increased competence in the provision of legal services and the legal profession as a whole. It is about sharing information, knowledge and experiences with your fellow colleagues.

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LIVout for LGBTI

02 May 2013

This year Reynah Tang, LIV President, has stated his platform for 2013 is diversity, and diversity necessarily includes issues relating to the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community. The President announced that the LIV would be launching a LGBTI network later on this year, and I’m pleased to tell you that the wheels are already turning.
 

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Strengthening international business ties in the Asian Century

02 May 2013

Much is being made of the “Asian Century”, and rightly so. Lawyers have good reason to look forward to the increasing economic focus on Asia - and the focus by Asia on us.

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What goes around...

24 Apr 2013

As young lawyers we have the drive, passion and ability to 'give back' to the community in a variety of ways. This year the Young Lawyers Section aims to unite and surpass any previous efforts in giving back to charitable organisations. As Young Lawyers President for 2013, I'd like to share my latest endeavour and encourage all young lawyers to get involved in charitable work...You know what they say about Karma???

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Navigating the generational gap

24 Apr 2013

As many will know, my platform as President of the LIV is about embracing change and diversity in a dynamic and evolving legal profession.  As I said at the Conference of Council in February, “The future of the legal profession is not about us. We are merely custodians for the next graduates and law students working their way through the system, who represent our future.”

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Legal Comedy Debate deems office romance romantic viability

19 Apr 2013

As part of the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, this year’s Legal Comedy debaters performed to an audience of over 800 people on Monday night at the The Athenaeum Theatre. Our esteemed debaters went head to head arguing for and against the topic. Intra-office relationships: romantic viability or career liability?”

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Walking the talk: a lot to be done before federal election

19 Apr 2013

Yesterday, I had the privilege of hosting Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus at the Law Institute’s first leadership lunch for 2013. Before a packed house, the Attorney-General outlined some key areas of focus in the lead up to the Federal election, which is a mere five months away on 14 September. High on the agenda are issues which are also of great importance to the LIV: legal aid, discrimination law reform, the national profession project and diversity.

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Your legal calling: Considering a future in animal Law?

12 Apr 2013

Some of our young lawyer’s section members have expressed interest in getting involved with pro bono or volunteer work in the area of animal law. As a niche area of law, it can often be challenging to know where to begin and how to start your career in animal rights.

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Reputation: The cornerstone of a lawyer’s practice and a firm’s identity

12 Apr 2013

As most lawyers know, it takes many years, much hard work and the highest of professional and personal standards to establish one’s reputation – and then more of the same, day in, day out, to maintain it.

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