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Event recap: VLF Legal Laneway Breakfast 2020

Event recap: VLF Legal Laneway Breakfast 2020

By Annmarie Geros


Event recap: VLF Legal Laneway Breakfast 2020

The legal year was off to a flying start with the Victorian Law Foundation’s 17th Annual Legal Laneway Breakfast on Wednesday 5 February 2020. It was the largest to date with 500 attendees – registrations selling out before the event. It provided an opportunity for the legal profession to celebrate the commencement of the legal year in the fun and informal setting of Hardware Lane and to share their goals for the year ahead. Guests included practitioners from all walks, including judicial officers and lawyers from community legal centres, government departments and the private sector.

LIV Young Lawyers was proud to support this event by providing a large cohort of volunteers to assist with food, registering and greeting attendees, and networking with colleagues.

The Legal Laneway Breakfast reflected upon the key social issues, updates and expectations for the professional year ahead. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy spoke with admiration of the legal community’s response to the bushfire crisis, paying gratitude to the work of our community legal centres and those providing assistance with insurance policies and claims. However, pointing to the beautiful blue sky, she noted that despite our efforts, these communities will require support for the long term. In particular, she highlighted the need to rebuild infrastructure. She urged us all to continue to make individual contributions.

The Victorian Legal Services Board CEO and Victorian Legal Services Commissioner Fiona McLeay also thanked the Victorian legal community for the support and contributions made to assist those fighting the bushfires.

Fiona also gave an overview of the investigation undertaken by her organisation and the survey that they released last year into sexual harassment in the legal industry. She highlighted that while we had come so far, there was still a long road ahead. She shared that after a long year since the inception of the investigation and survey, the organisations report is likely to be released next month. This will undoubtedly assist in addressing this issue.

Finally, as tradition calls, the annual raffle was drawn to conclude the event. Not everyone’s name was drawn, but we all walked away winners for being part of this very challenging yet rewarding profession.

We look forward to supporting this terrific event again next year.

Annmarie Geros is co-chair of the LIV Young Lawyers Editorial Committee and a lawyer at SLF Lawyers.

Victoria Law Foundation is inviting organisations to submit an event for Law Week 2020. Law Week will run from 18 to 24 May 2020, with events being held across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Join the LIV YL Professional Development Committee or check out the VLF Law Week website for further details on how to get involved.

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