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Your 2015 YLS President

Your 2015 YLS President


Who in their right mind would turn down the Beatles? His name was Dick Rowe. The story goes that on New Years’ Day 1962, the Beatles auditioned for Decca Records (since absorbed into Universal Music Group). After some weeks, the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, having expected a response, was put onto Rowe, a talent scout with the company, who told him "the Beatles have no future in show business." That Rowe made this decision illustrates just how unpredictable the future actually is. You do not know what lies around the corner. I know from experience. Just over two years ago, I had lost my job as a solicitor. After some time left in a dog-walking purgatory, I am now running a reasonably busy practice as a barrister, and have the privilege of serving as your Young Lawyers Section President in 2015. This is a turnaround I am thankful for each day. That does not mean, however, that I never look back. Far from it, I find myself looking back too often, because the experience I had is no aberration. Throughout Australia, particularly Victoria, there has been a steady increase law graduate numbers over the last decade. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including a contraction in the graduate market. This has exposed a preponderance of opportunities for the many looking to join the legal profession. No one who struggles through the several years of law school should come to the end, to be told that, in effect, they are surplus to requirements. The legal profession have always taken pride in our collegiate character, yet today, we are leaving more and more feeling let down. The legal profession must do everything we can to leave nobody behind. Tackling this issue is my priority for the year. In 2015 I and the YLS Executive Committee (as elected by you) plan to:

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