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Aim for the moon: Dispelling the myths about suburban & regional lawyers

06 Sep 2012

The recent death of Neil Armstrong has reminded people of what humankind can achieve by aiming high but too often we are limited by our own perceptions and by the views of those around us. This is reflected in the attitude of many towards regional and suburban lawyers.

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5 key skills every young lawyer needs

30 Aug 2012

When you’re just starting your career in law, it can be challenging to stay on top of everything. There seems to be an endless list of new skills and information that you need to learn. This information is all about getting back to basics – what are the essential skills that every young lawyer should have?

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It's a RAP for reconciliation

30 Aug 2012

The LIV’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will be launched next week (Tuesday 4 September). The RAP sets out tangible steps the legal profession can take towards achieving the goals of:-

  • increased representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our profession,
  • improving access to justice for Indigenous people; and
  • increasing awareness of Indigenous culture and perspectives among lawyers.

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Failing to protect refugees in our region

23 Aug 2012

The “Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers Report” confirms that 90% of people travelling to Australia by boat seeking asylum are found to be legitimate refugees, once they are actually assessed.

The political hysteria about “boat people” misses that fact.

These are desperate people seeking to flee persecution.

Australia is, quite rightly, a signatory to the International Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

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Time for laws to catch up with sexting

16 Aug 2012

The law has a tendency to lag behind technological advances made in this brave new digital world. Smart phones, mobile phones and tablets are ubiquitous amongst Australians, with research indicating that 37% of Australians own and use a smart phone.  The law is yet to catch up with the recent phenomenon of “sexting” and until it does, young offenders are enduring drastic consequences under child pornography laws.

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Overseas experience suggests mandatory sentencing does not deter crime

16 Aug 2012

My recent trip to the United States provided additional information about the failure of mandatory sentencing to reduce crime. While in Chicago I met with local attorneys-general, who reported that mandatory sentencing did not work because offenders did not link the crime with the consequence.

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The War on Drugs - Time for a Truce?

09 Aug 2012

This week a private boys’ school in Queensland announced that it had student and parent support to introduce random drug testing of its students to “save boys”.

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How to avoid burnout by debriefing

02 Aug 2012

There are times in a lawyer’s working life when a case is difficult and confronting. It might be the details involved or the rigorous work schedule or the client themselves.

Add to this the more regular challenges that test our resilience and wellbeing in our day to day working lives.  In a competitive, highly driven and high performing workplace the challenges can be:

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Indigenous equality in the law - you can help

02 Aug 2012

There are just six practising Indigenous barristers in Victoria. Two others have moved interstate to take on other challenges. All want to build sustainable practices, with a common goal: getting briefed.

The six junior barristers represent a tiny percentage of the state’s 1900 barristers. And lest you think Victoria is dragging its feet on Indigenous representation at the Bar, think again. Victoria has the most Indigenous barristers of any of the Australian state Bars.

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Seasonal Clerkships and Traineeships: Mastering the application process

27 Jul 2012

I didn’t complete a seasonal clerkship nor did I complete articles (as it was known then). I would love to say this was because I didn’t apply, had no interest in commercial practice at the time (somewhat true) or had other plans for my legal future.  Rather, I wasn’t successful because my applications were appalling.

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Let the Games begin (as long as you play by the rules)

27 Jul 2012

Social media is the story of the 2012 London Olympics.

The new wave of communications is re-shaping the way the Olympics is regulated, particularly in relation to branding and sponsorship.

Why? To protect the exclusivity of the broadcasters who have paid enormous sums of money for the rights. NBC, for example, reportedly paid more than $1 billion for the US rights to the London Games.

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How to manage stressed staff

19 Jul 2012

You suspect a junior lawyer in your team is struggling with mental health issues. He/she worries overly about small details, puts in excessive hours without achieving a great deal and looks exhausted first thing in the morning. What do you about it?
The Vic Lawyers Health Line (VLHL) offers these tips in identifying and managing staff with mental health problems:

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Defending your sanity – how time management can help

12 Jul 2012

The LIV was proud to support the Mental Health Awareness Evening, held at the LIV this week as part of the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) national conference in Melbourne.

The "Defending Your Sanity" publication is great work by ALSA Vice President (Education) Aimee Riley and her team. The publication is aimed at maintaining mental health while a law student and throughout your career. I found the practical time management tips included particularly helpful, and I’d like to share them with you.
 

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How to meet your billable hours target

12 Jul 2012

With the 2011/12 EFY now just behind us, it's a good time to take stock of how we are faring in meeting the targets set by our employers.  One of those targets – perhaps the most important of all – is the billable hour target. 

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Workplace bullying – why doesn’t the legislation work?

06 Jul 2012

The LIV will give evidence to a House of Representatives committee looking into workplace bullying next Wednesday, 11 July. The LIV is concerned that current State based legislation is inadequate in addressing this issue. We will call for a nationally recognised legislative definition of bullying as well as access to a quick, cost effective civil remedy through an appropriate tribunal for bullying in the workplace.

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