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Expectations exceeded

Expectations exceeded

By Belinda Wilson

Leadership 


The LIV president has been proud to help showcase the diverse skills and passions of LIV members and to speak up for the profession. With another busy year almost over, a state election behind us, and a federal election to look forward to, I thank members for their support over the last two years while I have served as LIV president. Writing my first LIJ column in 2017, I listed my goals: to challenge, inspire and participate. I can unequivocally say that my expectations have been exceeded and I was challenged, I was inspired and I participated at every opportunity. Challenges presented early in 2017 when tougher bail laws were proposed, youth justice focused on building more jails and judicial independence was under attack. Our members have been alongside me, advocating for the profession and the community every single day. It is this knowledge, compassion, grit and determination shown by our members that makes me proud to be part of this profession, and a part of the LIV. I am proud to have lead the Access to Justice Walk last year, rallying on the steps of the County Court, holding politicians to account in the Law and Order Melbourne Press Club discussion and signing a high number of submissions each year. The LIV’s Call to Parties before the state election called on all parties to commit to a range of funding initiatives to benefit communities across Victoria, not simply those working in the legal profession. I thank those members who have helped shape existing and proposed legislation, media debates and community expectations. I also thank the LIV policy staff who work tirelessly to ensure that the voice of the profession is heard. Inspiration is everywhere – be it the winners of the Victorian Legal Awards, the runners/walkers in the LIV Fun Run, those who are redefining how to practise through innovation and those who are standing up for the community, no matter how hard that may be. Through the LIV’s Lawyers Influencing our Future campaign, the LIJ’s Living Law column “Beyond the Law” and our Leaders in Law campaign the LIV has been able to showcase some of the diverse skills and passions of our members. It is a joy to be able to share these stories with you, ones which I hear each day from our members. Participation is one of the key roles of the LIV president. For me, participation has been about making connections, meaningful conversations and travelling outside city boundaries. While I haven’t been able to visit every region, I came close. With the growing focus on technology, there is nothing like sitting face to face over a cup of coffee, discussing the needs, challenges and future of our profession. I thank those members who have taken time out of their own busy schedules to spend time with me, helping me understand the diverse needs of our members and how the LIV can assist them. With several big LIV projects almost completed, including the move into our new premises at 140 William Street and a new strategic plan, I am delighted to be handing over the presidency to Stuart Webb next year. I will continue to be a director of the LIV and I am looking forward to providing a mentoring role. Finally, it is important that we are looking after ourselves and each other, as highlighted in my first LIJ column. At times, this can be hard to achieve, and I have been lucky to be supported by members and family throughout. The LIV has been contributing to the discussion on awareness and solutions for wellbeing and how to improve work practices, applying it across the entire profession. I am excited to watch these developments, along with many others in 2019. I wish you all a safe, restful and happy end to the year. LIV President president@liv.asn.au Twitter @livpresident  Blog www.liv.asn.au/Staying-Informed/Presidents-Blog

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