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What makes a Leader in Law?

What makes a Leader in Law?

By Belinda Wilson

Advocacy Leadership Practising Certificate 

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As we encourage you to renew your membership for the coming year, I’d like to invite you to take a moment to reflect on all that you have accomplished in 2016.

It’s easy to get caught up looking ahead at the cases you have lined up, the jobs you’re preparing for, the trials scheduled – but I think it’s equally important to reflect on your accomplishments and take time to celebrate the things you have achieved.

Whether it’s celebrating excellence at the 13th Victorian Legal Awards on Friday 19 May, or taking your staff out for a lunch before the end of the financial year, don’t forget to stop and acknowledge the work you have done over the past year.

So, what makes a Leader in Law?

This is the central question I’ve asked as we launch 2017/18 LIV membership renewals. There are many qualities that make up a Leader in Law, but three in particular are embodied by LIV members at all stages of their legal careers.

1. Excellence in practice

Whether you are a law student diligently poring over torts and texts, a 30-year veteran of the legal profession advocating for your client at trial, an in-house counsel lawyer representing the needs of your business or a government lawyer effecting policy change, you demonstrate excellence on a daily basis.

Your status as an LIV member shows the profession and the community that you are dedicated to delivering exceptional service and handling matters with integrity.

2. Commitment to advocacy

By engaging with the LIV at any level, law students through to retired lawyers, you are participating in the LIV’s advocacy. Every year, the LIV writes more than 100 submissions to government on behalf of the legal profession, advocating for equal rights, fair regulation, policy changes and more.

So far this year, the LIV has made more than 95 submissions, which included lobbying to prevent unprecedented increases to practising certificate fees. The LIV strongly opposes the proposed increases as they have the potential to harm the legal profession and the Victorian community, and we will continue to advocate for fair PC fees going forward.

We have also lobbied for better funding for Victorian Legal Aid and community legal centres, a review of bail laws, implementation of several solutions to decrease the problem of family violence and much more. The record funding allocation for family violence prevention and the justice system in this week’s 2017/18 state budget demonstrates that our advocacy work has a real influence in shaping our community. As an LIV member, you are a part of every positive change we have been able to effect in the government and the community this year.

3. Dedication to the community

Finally, you represent the needs of the community, whether through undertaking voluntary or pro bono work, joining in outreach programs during Law Week such as the Walk for Justice, or simply working on behalf of your clients to the best of your ability.

It’s by combining these three critical qualities that you set yourself apart as a Leader in Law, raising the profile of the legal profession as you demonstrate excellence, commitment and dedication in your work. As a member of the LIV, you get exclusive access to critical information, support and meaningful connections that help you continue to set yourself apart as a Leader in Law.

I thank you for all you have done over the last membership year, and I look forward to continuing to represent you as your president for the remainder of 2017. You can renew your LIV membership for 2017/18 online or contact our Member Engagement team on membership@liv.asn.au or at 9607 9470 if you have any queries.


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