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8 Tips to Survive (and thrive) in Law School

17 Oct 2013

 

Law school can be quite a mine field-and not just in your first year. With that in mind, here are 8 tips to ensure that you make the most of your law school experience.

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Bridging the Generation Gap: whY the Y’s are critical of (and to) You

10 Oct 2013

In Victoria, it’s estimated that there are around 1300 law graduates looking to enter the profession each year and that number is projected to rise to about 2,500 in the next five years.  Leaving aside the issue of where those graduates are going to work, it’s a clear indication that the demographic of our profession is rapidly shifting and firms need to find a way to reconcile the generation gaps.

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Networking: Your top 7 do's and don'ts

10 Oct 2013

Networking plays a vital role in career progression and development from the first day of your legal career. Yet strangely, it’s a skill that few of us learn at university and because of that the word can be the cause of ‘butterflies in the stomach’ and ‘awkward body language’. 

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Has the Government suspended reality with new sentencing laws?

02 Oct 2013

Many of you will be all too familiar with the Victorian government’s oft quoted commitment to be “tough on crime”.  Undoubtedly, this message will resonate with some sections of the community who, encouraged by the tabloid media, feel the rights of criminals are often prioritized over those of victims.

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The art of first impressions: Dress to Impress

02 Oct 2013

The resurgence of legal television drama shows has given rise to the stereotype of the well-dressed, fashion-conscious modern lawyer. However, the reality is that we are all busy people and don’t have a wardrobe team to pick out our daily attire.

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Farewell to paper: Electronic conveyancing to go national
Farewell to paper: Electronic conveyancing to go national

 Murray McCutcheon 01 Oct 2013

With much anticipation, the national scheme for electronic conveyancing, based on the Victorian model, is gearing up to go live...

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Disability discrimination – A long way to go for the legal profession

26 Sep 2013

March 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) and last week’s LIV President’s Lunch, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM spoke about how far we still have to go as a profession, and a society, to address disability discrimination.

 

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We must innovate to create affordability and accessibility for all

26 Sep 2013

In last week’s President’s Blog Reynah wrote a defence of our important role in working to ensure access to justice for all. I couldn’t agree more with that position and this week wanted to extend this theme by reminding everyone that a key factor contributing to realising accessible justice is making sure it’s affordable for all.

 

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Advocating justice for all…it’s what we do

20 Sep 2013

On our website, we explain that “leadership and representation is LIV core business. As the peak body for the legal profession in Victoria, the LIV represents members’ views and interests to industry and government, and advocates justice for all.” 

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Drawing a line in the sand: Young lawyers and depression

19 Sep 2013

Young Lawyers Section President Cameron Forbes discusses mental illness and depression amongst young lawyers.

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Wellbeing and the Law: A new beginning

13 Sep 2013

Yesterday was National R U OK? Day and I was joined by some of law’s most respected and recognised names to launch a new Foundation to address mental health in our profession.

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Your Guide to Surviving Regional and Suburban Young Lawyers Week 2013

12 Sep 2013

The start of September means many exciting things are upon us – warm weather, the AFL finals, the Spring Racing Carnival and…Regional & Suburban Young Lawyers Week! Yes, the week of 1 – 6 October 2013 is getting closer, and Young Lawyers throughout Victoria are preparing for what is sure to be an action packed week of fun and excitement.

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Where to now for legal aid?

05 Sep 2013

In the final week of a long election campaign, our efforts to increase funding for legal aid moved up a gear, with the LIV releasing information obtained under Freedom of Information laws on the predicted impacts of the changes to Victoria Legal Aid’s eligibility guidelines. I went on Jon Faine’s program on Monday morning to discuss its significance.

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5 minutes with this year’s Rising Star

05 Sep 2013

"I’m probably a bit of an unusual ‘rising star’ because I’m a 36 year old mum who works part-time. Before I was a lawyer I had a career in marketing, PR, communications and events."

 

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Debating our legal future and celebrating our best

30 Aug 2013

This week I attended the Australian Financial Review’s Great Legal Debate in Sydney, where Federal Attorney General Mark Dreyfus MP QC and Senator George Brandis QC went head to head to discuss their vision as "First Law Officer" if their party forms government.

 

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