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From Bar Jackets to Orange Coveralls – lawyers in volunteer emergency services

03 Sep 2014

Using some of your spare time to serve the community in a volunteer organisation can be a very challenging and rewarding experience, as Peter Botros can attest to. A JD student at Melbourne University with an interest in criminal and public law, he is also an operational volunteer in the Footscray SES Unit. The SES (State Emergency Service) and CFA (County Fire Authority) are made up of thousands of ordinary Victorian volunteers of all occupations and backgrounds. YLJ Editorial Committee member Adam Wakeling, who is also a volunteer in the unit, caught up with Peter to talk about what it is like being an SES volunteer, and what advice he would give to other law students and lawyers thinking about taking on volunteer work. 

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E-conveyancing – what does it mean for your business?
E-conveyancing – what does it mean for your business?

 Geoff Bowyer 27 Aug 2014

Recently I have started to notice the heavy advertising of electronic conveyancing and commercial platform PEXA...

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Careers in Law – working at the Supreme Court

27 Aug 2014

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’. This month the Committee interviewed Minna Paltiel to see what it is like to work in the Supreme Court as a judge’s associate.

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E-conveyancing – what does it mean for your business?

27 Aug 2014

Recently I have started to notice the heavy advertising of electronic conveyancing and commercial platform PEXA. As most lawyers are probably aware, PEXA is the commercial entity building the electronic conveyancing platform and they are doing a great job of informing lawyers about their product. Currently practitioners are able to lodge caveats with PEXA, and in February 2015 lodgments and financial settlements will be conducted online. So with the imminent arrival of e-conveyancing, I turned my mind to exactly what this will mean for lawyers and principals.

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Seven heroes of the legal profession

20 Aug 2014

I’ve been speaking with young lawyers a lot lately, and the discussion seems to always turn to ‘why the law?” For me it wasn’t the promise of wealth, power and glory (does that ever work?) but the inspiration of some of the great heroes of law who demonstrated to me that the law was a noble profession that could change the world.

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How to deal with disappointment

19 Aug 2014

Disappointment – a noun meaning sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.

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How a workplace crisis can improve your career

13 Aug 2014

This week I was introduced to the concept that in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is made up of the characters for ‘fear’ and ‘opportunity’. This got me thinking about what are the opportunities of a workplace crisis? How can we quell the fear and embrace the opportunity of what is usually a pretty stressful and unpleasant situation? I’m not suggesting you rush to seek out a crisis in your office, but perhaps it might help to cope if we understood the potential benefits.

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How to improve your powers of persuasion

13 Aug 2014

The ability to be persuasive is a valuable professional skill for lawyers. For young lawyers, being persuasive is not always easy and requires confidence and practice. This week the first two rounds of the LIV & Hanover Mooting Competition will commence at the Old High Court on Thursday 14 August. The young lawyers competing will be using all their advocacy and persuasive skills to convince the bench of the merit of their client’s case.

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Eight apps that can make you a more productive lawyer

06 Aug 2014

Recently I accidently left my wallet at home for the day. Whilst it was a bit uncomfortable having to ask the LIV team to spot me for coffee and lunch, as long as I had my smart phone and iPad, I had no problems having a productive and efficient day.

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Twelve study habits to get better grades

06 Aug 2014

With second semester kicking into full swing and semester one results still fresh in your mind what better time than now to review your study habits? We’ve spoken to a mix of current law students, recent law graduates and practicing lawyers to find out their most effective study techniques.  

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Six bad habits that lawyers need to break

30 Jul 2014

Every week my role at LIV introduces me to interesting new people, and I’m amazed by what a diverse bunch we lawyers are. And yet, at the same time I can’t help but notice there’s a commonality when it comes to the bad habits of lawyers. I figure that the first step is recognising that you have a problem –do any of these habits look familiar to you?

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Careers in Law – Ever wondered what it is like to make partner?

30 Jul 2014

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’. This month the Committee interviewed Daniel Cole who made partner at a law firm at an early stage in his career. Daniel emphasises that a good lawyer is pragmatic and is able communicate clearly and effectively.

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Does your boss have your back?

23 Jul 2014

If I punched you in the face at work and your boss didn’t stick up for you, how would you feel?

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Kids in immigration detention: what’s the story?

23 Jul 2014

On the 14 May 2014, the LIV Young Lawyers Section Community Issues Committee hosted a fantastic Hot Topic session: Children in Immigration Detention. We were fortunate to hear from panellists The Hon Frank Vincent AO QC, the National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell, and Dr Ida Kaplan from Foundation House, as well as Julian Burnside AO QC as moderator.

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Writing that clicks - Five little words you need to know for better letter writing

16 Jul 2014

As young lawyers, we’re often asked to draft correspondence to a myriad of recipients- other lawyers, lay witnesses, sophisticated clients, courts and expert witnesses. These written pieces all have one thing in common- they require a practical, plain English approach. An easy way of ensuring this happens is to check- does it CLICK? Clear, layout, introduce your main contention early, concise and know your audience – these are the keys to unlocking successful letter writing.

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