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National protests over legal aid shortfall
National protests over legal aid shortfall

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Rallies and events by state law associations protesting the legal aid shortfall in the 2016-17 federal budget were held in May during national law week. The federal budget provided little relief to legal aid, despite recommendations...

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Changes to child bail laws in question
Changes to child bail laws in question

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Changes to bail laws aimed at preventing young people from being imprisoned for trivial breaches of bail conditions have been called into question by concerns young offenders can now break bail conditions with impunity...

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Legal futurist shakes up profession
Legal futurist shakes up profession

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

The state should ensure provision of online tools to help people resolve legal disputes and if that means the role of lawyers is fundamentally altered, so be it. So said Professor Richard Susskind...

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Social media 'rubbish' follows court appointment
Social media 'rubbish' follows court appointment

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Vile rubbish is how Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula described social media criticising the appointment of a female Muslim magistrate...

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LIV calls for refugee movement
LIV calls for refugee movement

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

The LIV is saddened by the death of a refugee man on Nauru in April from self-immolation. Iranian refugee Omid Masoumali, 23, died during a monitoring mission by the UNHCR to the island where he had been held...

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Calling on lawyers to speak out
Calling on lawyers to speak out

 Sarah Ferguson 01 Jun 2016

For decades, collaborations between journalism and lawyers and legal services have produced some of the best programs ever made on the ABC. As governments, bureaucracies and corporations...

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Justice Andrew Keogh
Justice Andrew Keogh

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Justice Andrew Keogh was welcomed to the Supreme Court of Victoria on 5 April. Among the speakers was LIV president Steven Sapountsis. This is an edited version of his speech...

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Lawyers eyeing AI
Lawyers eyeing AI

 Karin Derkley 01 Jun 2016

It’s not science fiction. The impact of new technologies on legal services is huge. As far as big data goes, the Panama Papers investigation that broke open the shady world of offshore tax avoidance is as big as it gets...

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How to get the word out
How to get the word out

 Karin Derkley 01 Jun 2016

An engaging blog can be a valuable way of building a lawyer’s profile or a firm’s brand. When US law firm Seyfarth Shaw launched its Australian operation in 2013...

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Warning on exploitation of elderly
Warning on exploitation of elderly

 Karin Derkley 01 Jun 2016

15 June marks Elder Abuse Awareness Day – a reminder that lawyers need to guard against inadvertent involvement in the financial abuse of vulnerable older people...

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Women lawyers told to aim high
Women lawyers told to aim high

 Carolyn Ford 01 Jun 2016

Maddocks has tackled diversity head on in a bid to improve prospects for women in the law. Back yourself. That was the key take-away from the LIV’s Women in Leadership conference in April...

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When parents abduct their children
When parents abduct their children

 Amanda Humphreys 01 Jun 2016

Three or four children are abducted by a parent into or out of Australia each week. Family law specialist Amanda Humphreys outlines the role of mediation in international family law disputes...

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From the LIV
From the LIV

 Nerida Wallace & Steven Sapountsis 01 Jun 2016

There have been big changes in the relationship between the LIV and the statutory regulator. I have been associated with the LIV for a long time...

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Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2016

Financial advice “reforms” seem to follow a similar path to the “truth in lending” aspects of consumer credit “reforms”. John Tesarsch in the May LIJ cover story...

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High Court Judgments
High Court Judgments

 Andrew Yuile 01 Jun 2016

In Fisher v Nemeske [2016] HCA 11 (6 April 2016) the High Court was asked to construe a clause in a trust deed that conferred on the trustees power to “advance or raise any part or parts of the whole of the capital or income . . .

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