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Introducing the 2020 LIV Young Lawyers president Alice Cooney

Introducing the 2020 LIV Young Lawyers president Alice Cooney

By LIV Young Lawyers

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Introducing the 2020 LIV Young Lawyers president Alice Cooney

Alice graduated from Deakin University with a double degree in Arts (majoring in Psychology) and Law (Honours). After being admitted to practice in 2013, she completed a Masters of Law focusing on regulation theories, management of high conflict people and advocacy.

She’s recently commenced as a Criminal Division lawyer at the County Court of Victoria in the new Active Case Management Pilot. She has also worked as a solicitor in the Trial Division of the Office of Public Prosecutions and in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, where her work focused on advice for Corrections Victoria including advice in injury, advocacy, prosecutions and subpoenas.

Prior to joining the VGSO, she worked for Victoria Police as the Parole Prosecution Coordinator providing Corrections Victoria with advice regarding breach of parole.

Career highlights include appearing in the Supreme Court, assisting Victoria Police with enquiries and advice in the training and assessment of prosecutors, being a witness on behalf of the state in the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria), as well as working as a tutor and assessor at Deakin University since 2012. She also loves advocacy work.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching legal crime shows, going to brunch for good coffee and travelling. Last year she travelled to the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Canada and the United States.

Being a lawyer is now a significant part of her identity, but it is not the only thing that drives her to success. As a lawyer and University teacher, she knows the importance of supporting people to embrace collegiality in their studies, work, mental health and approach to law. It is for this reason that she’s excited to be president of LIV Young Lawyers. She wants to support an organisation that promotes discussion, collaboration and celebration of independent voices in a competitive and challenging profession.

For Alice, joining a profession means more than simply gaining a qualification and attending a workplace. It means being part of a community with all of its triumphs and challenges.


Get your year off to a great start. Now is a fantastic time to get involved in a YL Committee and get involved in our events, activities and projects for this year.
Find out more by visiting the LIV YL website and reading our dedicated YL Blogs and Young Lawyers Journal.
On behalf of the LIV YL, we wish our members all the very best for 2020.

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