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Six tips for dealing with negative feedback in your performance review

13 Jun 2012

It’s that time of year again… For those of you lucky enough to work for an employer that uses a performance review process, for goodness’ sake take advantage of it!  It will speed up your professional development.

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So you want to volunteer?

07 Jun 2012

Volunteering is becoming more of a rite of passage for young and aspiring lawyers in today’s competitive job market. More and more employers are looking beyond grades before bringing fresh-faced lawyers into the firm. So why volunteer?

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New Family Violence Act implications for legal profession

07 Jun 2012

Lawyers face greater responsibilities under amendments to the Family Law Act that came into effect yesterday. These affect all cases filed with the courts on and after 7 June 2012. The LIV is generally supportive of the provisions, which Attorney-General Nicola Roxon says will “help reduce the exposure of children to family violence”. The LIV did, however, raise some concerns about the Act  when initially proposed.

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Reconciliation week - how far have we come?

31 May 2012

This week has been National Reconciliation Week.

Did you know that the Mabo decision was handed down by the High Court 3 June 1992 – 20 years ago on Sunday? Do you know from where Eddie Mabo originated, or who was Victoria’s first Aboriginal barrister?

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The top 5 tips to investing in your first home

31 May 2012

Recently the LIV Young Lawyers Section presented “Hot Topics: Money, Money, Money – Your guide to property investment”. There were some great tips and advice – well worth sharing. So here are some of best tips provided for aspiring home owners and potential property moguls:
 

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Why bother with a law degree if you can’t get a job as a lawyer?

24 May 2012

Last night I was privileged to welcome approximately 300 newly admitted lawyers to our profession at a reception held in the magnificent Supreme Court library. Some were certainly wondering what sort of future awaits them.

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5 Practical tips for lawyers to improve their presentation skills

17 May 2012

The upcoming LIV & Hanover Welfare Services Mooting Competition and Golden Gavel competition will present many young lawyers with the opportunity to showcase their public speaking skills to the legal fraternity.

However, for those of us who are not blessed with the natural ability to speak in front of large audiences, we will need to confront our fears of public speaking throughout our career (whether it be presenting to our colleagues in an internal meeting or delivering a seminar to a large external audience).

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Who will buy my practice? And what should buyers look for?

17 May 2012

The legal profession is undergoing structural change. There is a significant increase in activity. The baby boomer lawyers are looking towards selling, merging or transiting their small practices.

The majority of these transactions are not put on the market, they come through personal introductions. For every public transaction, it is likely another 30 have taken place. To some, their practice may be a most valuable asset – how ready are you to extract the maximum value from this asset? How does succession planning assist in your career progression?
If you are a buyer, what should you be looking for?

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Fighting corruption in Victoria

10 May 2012

The LIV supports a robust anti-corruption body for Victoria. After rigorous examination of the proposed legislation by several of our committees, we are not confident that we have the best outcome, and have called for the government to reconsider the legislation. In a proactive submission this week, we outlined our extensive concerns.

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The Legal Profession: What’s in it for you?

10 May 2012

When I commenced studying law I imagined that upon graduation I’d work as a lawyer in a role where my interests in people and problem solving would be applied.  At the time, my knowledge and understanding of the profession was influenced by fellow students, television, media and rumours. My perception and expectations of the role of a traditional lawyer were limited.

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Thinking of changing careers? Think again!

08 May 2012

"…this is me in a nutshell: "Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell? What kind of shell has a nut like this?"

Hey – its May 2012 already! Clocks' a tickin' buddy! Time to get the nut cracker out!

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Law Week - What's in it for the profession and the public?

03 May 2012

Law Week is an annual event designed to make the legal system easy for Victorians to access, understand and use.  The theme is Law and Justice in the Community and it will be held from 14 to 20 May. It’s an opportunity for you to do something with your community to improve the standing of our profession and dispel the myth of the unscrupulous TV lawyer. What do you have planned?

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Power in Numbers

26 Apr 2012

Being a young lawyer has its perks. Your occupation seems to silence nagging relatives at Christmas when they query where you're going with your life. You are somehow believable when you pontificate about issues of the world which you have no real knowledge of. And you can say "you've been lawyered” and it's actually funny (seriously, try it if you haven't already).

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The carbon tax is coming: What lawyers must know before 1 July

26 Apr 2012

The federal government’s clean energy future package comes into force on 1 July 2012. Are you prepared to advise your clients about this legislative change that will impact on all Australian businesses?  The LIV is running a snapshot seminar next week to assist “Carbon Tax and a Clean Energy Future: What Lawyers Must Know".

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Will joining your professional association help your career?

19 Apr 2012

Apart from the strength in numbers which comes from being one of more than 15,000 members of the LIV, what’s in it for you? For any professional, choosing to become a member of your relevant association can be a significant career booster. While networking is a big benefit of joining any professional association, some LIV award-winning practitioners share some of the benefits of their membership.

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