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The LIV view on mandatory sentencing and community based orders
The LIV view on mandatory sentencing and community based orders

 LIV President Steven Sapountsis 24 Nov 2016

Recent renewed media headlines about governments needing to get even tougher on crime...

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Hospitality and learning are the currencies for the Commonwealth Law Conference
Hospitality and learning are the currencies for the Commonwealth Law Conference

 LIV President Steven Sapountsis 17 Nov 2016

The 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne were widely hailed as the best games ever. At least part of the reason for their success was the gracious...

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Time for reflection: 10 Highlights from the LIJ in 2016
Time for reflection: 10 Highlights from the LIJ in 2016

 LIV President Steven Sapountsis 10 Nov 2016

As lawyers, we read much for work – contracts, court documents, legislation and judgments. And there is much available about the way we practise, or should...

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The importance of the rule of law to a fair and democratic society
The importance of the rule of law to a fair and democratic society

 Steven Sapountsis 03 Nov 2016

Last week, at the invitation of its president Gary Ulman, I attended the Law Society of New South Wales’ annual members’ dinner...

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An LIV Council election primer and at least 14 reasons to vote . . .
An LIV Council election primer and at least 14 reasons to vote . . .

 Steven Sapountsis 27 Oct 2016

We are in the midst of elections for members of the Council of the Law Institute of Victoria. There are 27 nominations for five vacancies...

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Electronic titles and the future of the land registries
Electronic titles and the future of the land registries

 Steven Sapountsis 20 Oct 2016

There are two significant events on the horizon in relation to land titles worthy of note and discussion. Paper titles have been a major feature...

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Pomp, ceremony and substance
Pomp, ceremony and substance

 Steven Sapountsis 13 Oct 2016

At the invitation of the Law Society of England and Wales I attended the opening of the legal year in the UK. There were leaders of more than 55 law association from 35 nations present for the opening ceremony and associated roundtable and seminars...

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You are what you write, right?
You are what you write, right?

 Belinda Wilson 06 Oct 2016

Being asked to write a few blogs for the weekly president’s section has made me realise two things. First, it is very easy to develop writer’s block, or more likely, to find yourself in a constant state of writer’s block...

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International connections and Victorian solicitors
International connections and Victorian solicitors

 Steven Sapountsis 29 Sep 2016

Last week I attended the International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Washington DC. Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, I was...

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The great thing about a legal qualification - you never know where you might be in five, 10 or 15 years!
The great thing about a legal qualification - you never know where you might be in five, 10 or 15 years!

 Belinda Wilson 22 Sep 2016

For those that don’t know me, I am the LIV president elect...

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Pro bono professionals
Pro bono professionals

 Steven Sapountsis 15 Sep 2016

During my term as LIV president, I have often mentioned the tremendous contributions of the Victorian legal profession in the provision of pro- bono legal services...

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A Greek, a Jew, a Muslim and an Englishman meet in an ethics discussion …………
A Greek, a Jew, a Muslim and an Englishman meet in an ethics discussion …………

 Steven Sapountsis 08 Sep 2016

Last Wednesday evening I hosted a meeting of the LIV’s Ethics Liaison Group...

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14 tips for professional emailing
14 tips for professional emailing

 Steven Sapountsis 01 Sep 2016

Recently I came across a number of emails that led me to consider the need for guidelines on the composition and sending of emails in the workplace...

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Taxation offences and the vulnerable practising certificate
Taxation offences and the vulnerable practising certificate

 Steven Sapountsis 25 Aug 2016

Some time ago, I wrote in the Law Institute Journal about how fragile a practising certificate had become, following the introduction of laws allowing...

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Seven tips to being social media savvy
Seven tips to being social media savvy

 Kerry O’Shea 17 Aug 2016

The biggest change in media over the past 10 years has been the decline of traditional "legacy" media and the boom in social media. While that is concerning for those of us who love our newspapers, it does present opportunities...

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