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160 years of the LIV

160 years of the LIV

By Dr Simon Smith

A New Home 


Historian Simon Smith gives a snapshot of the LIV’s history from its establishment in 1859 through various battles and even a fire that destroyed its home to the current era. In 2018, the Victorian legal profession reached another milestone. For the first time the number of women in practice outnumbered men, 11,155 to 10,944 (total 22,099). Almost certainly Flos Greig (1880-1958), had she been around for the moment, would have allowed herself a wry smile. For it was Greig, who in 1905 was the first woman in Victoria, indeed Australia, admitted to legal practice. It was against some resistance. At the time, Chief Justice Madden said of the prospect of women lawyers “It seems to be an accepted fact that no woman is logical, and that no woman is judicial. Their conclusions are generally based on impulses or intuitions, and are rarely reasoned out in the same way as is customary with the male portion of mankind.”

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