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President's Report

President's Report

By Brendan Lacota


Triumphs and challenges in push for diversity

As the 2018 LIV Young Lawyers (YL) president and a lawyer in the legal assistance sector, I am immensely proud of this access and inclusion themed Young Lawyers Journal. Throughout 2018 YL have supported a series of initiatives to improve access and inclusion in the law; and this YLJ provides great examples of how people, firms and the profession are finding ways to improve access and diversity in the legal community.

Over the past several months, YL has continued to pursue our three leadership pillars of improved wellbeing in the profession, helping prepare our members for the future of law, and seeking to close the gender pay gap. To further these goals we have engaged with the Legal Services Board on the supervision needs of our members; we have made further submissions to the Legal Services Council on PLT admission requirements; we expanded our social events to include a games night and netball team in addition to the already popular running and walking clubs; we have engaged with law schools on the future needs of law students; and we have supported the Victorian Women Lawyers Gender on the Agenda survey of the legal profession.

The sold-out 2018 Victorian Golden Gavel competition was held in August and saw competitors from all parts of the profession compete to represent Victoria at the National Golden Gavel competition. Congratulations to James Gullaci from Maddocks for taking home the Victorian prize this year.

As 2018 comes to a close I would like to thank everyone who attended our end of year function, ‘An Evening in the Sky’ at Eureka 89. This important event supported our charity partner Whitelion, which assists young people at risk of coming into contact with the justice system.

Looking to 2019, next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Young Lawyers section and YL looks forward to celebrating the contributions our members have made to the legacy of this vibrant section of the LIV.

BRENDAN LACOTA is YL president, an LIV Council member and manager of Public Interest Law at Justice Connect. He can be contacted at

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