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Five good reasons to put yourself first

17 Sep 2014

Last week I had a car accident. Although it was pretty minor, it shook me up a little and made me do a quick life assessment and gave me perspective on the recent frenetic pace of my life. As a result I decided to start putting my own needs first a bit more – and this week I’m encouraging you to do the same.

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Event by event – make a real weekend of the RSYL Week events!

17 Sep 2014

It’s nearly time for the annual Regional & Suburban Young Lawyers’ Week, full of great opportunities to meet your fellow legal compatriots.

So, what are my options you ask? Check these out!

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R U OK?

10 Sep 2014

Research has concluded that the legal profession has one of the highest rates of moderate to severe depressive symptoms, and use of alcohol or other drugs to reduce or manage feelings of sadness and depression. The Brain and Mind Research Institute through the Courting the Blues: Attitudes towards depression in Australian law students and legal practitioners research report found 46.9% of law students; 55.7% of lawyers and 52.3% of barristers reported having experienced depression. 

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Are you using alcohol to deal with stress?

10 Sep 2014

Today we launched the LIV Mental Health Report: A Preventative Strategy. With over half of all Victorian lawyers experiencing mental illness at some point in their career, it’s a topic that requires our continuing focus. But one of the points in the report that stood out to me is that it seems common for lawyers to drink alcohol as a way to quell stress. Do we have a problem with alcohol as a profession?

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Could you be guilty of overstepping the line of privilege?

03 Sep 2014

Privilege and client confidentiality may appear to be simple principles that underpin the everyday dealings of all lawyers, however maintaining them can be more complex than one might think at first glance. Recent news stories related to this topic have lead me to examine – where do lawyers who are committed to doing the right thing sometimes slip up? What are the risk areas of privilege and client confidentiality?

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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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