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9 Tips for a Successful Graduate Year

05 Feb 2014

With many law graduates commencing their traineeship over the coming weeks, we have called on our firm graduate recruitment contacts to provide their advice to help our graduate members to have a successful 1st year in the legal profession.  

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Managing your inbox

29 Jan 2014

When I was starting out as a young lawyer the overflowing in-tray was an embarrassing tell-tale signal of either a busy or inefficient (or both) lawyer.

Now we have the luxury of a clean desk while all those random notes and correspondence are safely tucked out of sight from prying eyes and quietly accumulating in our inboxes. I can only wish.

I actually looked at my inbox earlier this week and discovered (to my slight horror) that I have more than 4000 lurking there. Sound familiar?

 

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The benefits of networking beyond the legal profession

29 Jan 2014

We are told time and time again that networking is an essential tool for a successful career in any industry,  particularly the law. But who should we be networking with? Is it enough to network with other lawyers and potential clients or should we be thinking outside the box?

According to the only ‘strategic connector’ in Australia, Amanda Rose, young lawyers should be building connections outside of the legal profession for two important key reasons:

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Proposed Membership Structure

23 Jan 2014

A secure online discussion for Councillors to share comments, feedback and suggestions on the proposed Membership structure will be open until 7 February.

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Hello Young Lawyers, Graduates and Students!

23 Jan 2014

We have an exciting year ahead and we hope that you take full advantage of what is on offer and get involved. The Executive Committee (as elected by you!) commenced setting the strategic direction for the YLS in early January. We have worked hard to set a clear vision and actionable plans focused on making a meaningful difference for you in 2014.

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Welcome to my first blog as President

22 Jan 2014

Each New Year brings with it the reminder that we can make changes to improve.  I’m excited to say that the LIV recently finalised a new strategic plan to help us deliver greater value for members, increase our regulatory role and refine our processes to create a leaner, more efficient vehicle for advancing the legal profession in Victoria.

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A time to reflect, renew and regenerate

19 Dec 2013

In my time as president, there have been many developments that have both changed and challenged our profession and I’ve devoted many blogs to discussing them.

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The long and winding road...

13 Dec 2013

It’s finally here. Last night, the Attorney-General Robert Clark introduced the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2013 into the Victorian Parliament, paving the way for the new Legal Services Council to be formed in the new year.

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Thank you

12 Dec 2013

As the YLS Manager for the last five years, I have been so lucky as I have undoubtedly had one of the best jobs in the law. I have overseen the Young Lawyers’ Section which encompasses over 6,000 young lawyers’ section members, including new lawyers - regardless of age - law students and graduates.

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Going Green: 10 simple tips on how to be green at work

06 Dec 2013

It’s fair to say we’re all pretty aware of our impact on the environment, and yet there are plenty of us surrounded by piles of paper so high we can barely see over our desk.  If this sounds familiar, the YLS Community Issues Committee is here to help. 

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No winners with a knockout punch

06 Dec 2013

Pointless. Destructive. Devastating.

Three words that perfectly describe the so-called ‘king hit’ assaults that seem to be occurring with increasing regularity.
 

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Ten tips for making better decisions in 2014

29 Nov 2013

It’s almost the end of the year and, if you're like me, the most stressful decision you have on your mind right now is what to buy your partner for Christmas (I mean life partner not managing partner, but some of the more career minded amongst you might be thinking about that as well). 

 
 
 

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Culture, faith and trust: 6 ways we all can make a difference

28 Nov 2013

When I was the President of the RMIT Law Students' Society I organised a symposium about Aboriginal recognition in the Constitution. I invited Aunty Joan Vickery AO to speak. Aunty Joan is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal health and self-determination.

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A Russian lawyer's role in holding the 'Auschwitz train drivers' to account

22 Nov 2013

As many of you would be aware, we had our last President's leadership lunch for the year on Wednesday, with Geoffrey Robertson QC regaling the audience with a captivating and entertaining speech canvassing a diverse range of topics including Jihad Ned (Kelly), the Profumo affair and global human rights issues.

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10 Tips for corporate lunching during the silly season

21 Nov 2013

It’s that time of the year again and you’re probably starting to receive an influx of Outlook invitations to client lunches or starting to organise them yourself.

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