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Tania Wolff reappointed as Law Institute of Victoria president for 2022

Tania Wolff reappointed as Law Institute of Victoria president for 2022

By LIV Media


Criminal Law Accredited Specialist Tania Wolff was reappointed as Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) president for 2022 at the Annual General Meeting last night.

Ms Wolff has more than two decades of experience in the law, encompassing commercial law, in-house counsel roles and criminal law. She is currently the Principal and Director of First Step Legal, an LIV Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law and a Sessional Legal Member on the Mental Health Tribunal. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Wolff has held the role of LIV president this year during a particularly challenging time as the legal profession continues to grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Wolff said it was a privilege to be reappointed to her role as LIV president for a second term and is eager to continue her work advocating for the profession and important legislative reform to ensure better access to justice and upholding the rule of law.

“It’s a great honour to be re-elected as LIV president for 2022,” Ms Wolff said.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to advocate for the important work being done by the LIV and its members, and tackling whatever new challenges 2022 may bring. I congratulate my colleagues who were elected and re-elected to Council, and am grateful for all of those who stood for election for demonstrating their commitment to the LIV and to the profession.”

Ms Wolff also outlined her priorities for her second term as president.

“Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing amongst the profession continues to be a key focus of mine, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Wolff said.

“The LIV is also conducting a governance review with the objectives of strengthening the mix of skills on the LIV Council and improving its ability to contribute to, lead and strengthen member connection and engagement. Delivering this will be a key objective of 2022.”

2021 Council election results

Results of the annual election were endorsed at the AGM. Eight councillors were elected to the 18-member Council: Tania Wolff (Legal Assistance category), Matthew Hibbins (Law Firms Australia), Tom Ballantyne (City), Molina Asthana (Suburban), Marlene Ebejer (Suburban), and Zubair Mian (Suburban) were all elected for three-year terms. Emily Allan (Legal Assistance) and Rebecca Johnston-Ryan (Government Legal category) were elected for two-year terms. All terms commence from 1 January 2022.

Molina Asthana has also been declared President Elect for 2022.

Retiring Council member

John Toohey will be retiring as councillor at the end of 2021. LIV president Tania Wolff thanked Mr Toohey for his service and dedication in the role.

LIV CEO Adam Awty also congratulated Ms Wolff on her reappointment as LIV president as well as all elected Council members. He also thanked retiring councillor John Toohey for his service.

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