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YLS President’s Blog

31 Jan 2013

Happy New Year!  Wow another year! Can’t believe it is 2013 already? Many of you know me through my role as Chair of the Professional Development Committee in 2012. The purpose of this piece is to outline my three focus areas as President of the Young Lawyers Section in 2013 which are Professional Development, Advocacy and Engagement.

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Getting started on the right PD footing

24 Jan 2013

 

The start of the new legal year is an ideal time to plan your professional development for the year. What changes have occurred in your practice area that you need to get across? What is current best practice in the law? Where are the new opportunities to expand your practice? The LIV 2013 Legal Symposium is a great forum to share information about future developments in the law and the legal profession. I encourage members to use this symposium as an opportunity to get ahead of the game.

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What’s in store for 2013

17 Jan 2013

Welcome to my first blog post.  It was with much excitement – and some trepidation – that I assumed the office of President on 1 January.

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Redundancy: how to manage the unthinkable

11 Jan 2013

Written by young lawyers who have been in your position.

These tips have been prepared by Young Lawyers for the benefit of those who may have faced redundancy in recent times. This information is designed to provide assistance, support and guidance.

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A final message from your 2012 LIV President

20 Dec 2012

With the festive season almost upon us, I would like to thank the Law Institute Council staff and members for their support throughout 2012.

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Legal Aid cuts where it hurts most

14 Dec 2012

 

The Victoria Legal Aid changes to eligibility guidelines introduced this week are a savage response to increased demands for VLA funded legal representation.

At a time when the demand has never been greater, VLA has responded by reducing services.

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Lawyers rally next week over Legal Aid crisis

07 Dec 2012

Victorian lawyers are urged to take time out to join our Legal Aid Crisis Rally at 9 am on Tuesday 11 December on the forecourt of the County Court, Melbourne. 

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Christmas Parties – 6 Essential Do’s and Don’ts

05 Dec 2012

Christmas parties can often be dreaded by employees and employers alike. But this need not be the case. Follow these ‘6 essential rules’ and not only will you survive your firm’s Christmas party, you might actually enjoy yourself…

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How to manage your practice over the Christmas break

29 Nov 2012

This is usually a frantic time of year for our profession. Clients all want matters completed by Christmas. Staff and owners want to close the doors for a few days break (some lucky ones have a couple of weeks).

 

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Six top tips for briefing counsel

29 Nov 2012

At some point in your career, you will be required to engage counsel to, amongst other things, settle documents, provide an opinion or appear in a matter.

What should go in the brief? How should you organise the documents? How detailed must the memo be? Who do I brief?

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Anti-Discrimination laws should apply to all

22 Nov 2012

The federal government is to be congratulated for consolidating multiple anti-discrimination laws into a single regime of the Anti-discrimination and Human Rights Bill 2012. But it is time to question whether the ongoing government exemptions allowed to religious organisations from the law is appropriate. We believe it is unwarranted to have one law for the country and exclude religious organisations from some of its requirements.
 

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For Justice and Mercy

22 Nov 2012

Can you imagine facing the death penalty at the hands of the state, relying on understaffed and overworked legal offices for your representation? This is reality for the indigent death row defendants who are facing an unforgiving and often biased legal system.

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Transforming law students and graduates into the lawyers of the future

16 Nov 2012

The practice of law in Australia is undergoing fundamental change. We are witnessing the globalisation of legal practice through international mergers and the outsourcing of legal work to low cost jurisdictions.  The question is whether the education of our law students and graduates is keeping pace with these developments.

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How to conduct an effective client interview

15 Nov 2012

Clients want to deal with someone they trust and like, so it is important for you to conduct the initial interview to the best of your ability.

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Who will protect the rights of young offenders held in adult jails?

08 Nov 2012

This week, further disturbing information came to light about young offenders being held in adult prisons and there were two interesting responses. The first was from the Victorian government which said there were “fewer than five” juveniles in the State’s adult jails. The second was from a caller to my legal segment on ABC Statewide Drive on Wednesday who questioned whether solitary confinement wasn’t the safest place for incarcerated juveniles. The LIV believes it is vital that we advocate for the rights of young offenders, and we wonder who in government is looking after these vulnerable young people.

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