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Why the gender gap is everyone's issue

26 Nov 2014

The gender gap does not only hurt women, it hurts everyone.

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Alternatives to litigation that can keep you and your client happy

26 Nov 2014

There’s no doubt that litigation is an important part of the justice system, but it can often be a long, drawn out and stressful process for both the client and solicitor, and the large majority of cases usually settle before they go to a court judgment.

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Sexual Harassment – the YLS says “NO”

19 Nov 2014

The Young Lawyers Section is concerned by the recent findings of the Law Council of Australia’s National Attrition and Reengagement Study and subsequent report published in March this year.

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Sexual harassment – how to stop it happening in your office

19 Nov 2014

I was impressed and inspired by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay’s attack on members who continue to perpetuate a culture of sexual harassment within the police force. The message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated, combined with the announcement of a ‘frank and fearless’ review of sexual harassment by Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, sends a clear message that times are changing within our police force.

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Common mistakes lawyers make in their first year of practice (& how to avoid them)

12 Nov 2014

Making the move from student to fully-fledged lawyer is full of unknowns and your job can become so all-consuming that it’s easy to lose sight of the basics. But there are some critical and common mistakes that many young lawyers make, and we’d like you to avoid them! 

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Lawyers' etiquette - twelve rules to live by

12 Nov 2014

I’ve watched a number of what I considered to be basic common sense  etiquette and manners be broken over the past week, which never fails to surprise me in our profession. So with the danger zone of the ‘silly season’ upon us and maybe all of us are starting to feel weary I thought I’d share my thoughts on what I think are some etiquette rules that lawyers should adhere to. I know these points are pretty basic - but how many have you broken lately?

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Social media evidence – how to make it work for you, not against you

06 Nov 2014

We recently heard a cautionary tale from an LIV member. He described a case where his firm was acting for a client who had suffered a car accident that had apparently caused damage to her cognitive function, diminishing her decision making ability, concentration and causing stress that rendered her unable to maintain social relationships.

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Eight tips to improve your time management skills to survive the silly season

05 Nov 2014

Have you noticed that once we’ve had the race that stops Victoria working, everyone’s mind seems to turn to Christmas? And as I’m sure you’ve realised, there is no greater deadline than Christmas. Already the cries are ringing out around the office “it must be done by Christmas!” So before you get caught up in the crazy silly season busyness, we thought we’d share our top time management tips to help you survive the next 49 days. You’re welcome.

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Six reasons why being a government lawyer is awesome

29 Oct 2014

I had an ulterior motive for agreeing to guest blog while President Geoff Bowyer is overseas. Yes, it's true - I saw this as my opportunity to convert you all to the benefits of being a government lawyer! I can honestly say that as a government lawyer with a career of 10 years, I love what I do and I feel that the career choice of the government career path doesn’t always get the kudos it deserves. Here’s why I think that being a government lawyer is awesome:

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A regional route proves the right road to career satisfaction

29 Oct 2014

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’. This month the Committee interviewed Katalina Toth about practising in regional Victoria.

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What does your metadata reveal about you?

22 Oct 2014

This weeks guest blogger is Acting LIV President Katie Miller as Geoff Bowyer is currently overseas.

The federal government has confirmed it will introduce legislation for mandatory data retention before the end of the year.

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Ten tips for protecting your reputation on social media

22 Oct 2014

Every day we leave digital footprints all over cyber space. It’s now common practice for recruiters, future work colleagues and prospective clients to conduct an online search of your name as part of their background research. What would a search of your name reveal?

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Six ways organisational change can be good for your career

15 Oct 2014

Nothing is as inevitable as death, taxes – and organisational change. This may come in the form of a merger, restructure, closure, new technology, new manager or a bold new company strategy and goal. And in the current climate, such change is increasingly common. This can be terrifying if your firm is merging and you don’t know if there is a place for you. Fear of the unknown is understandable. However, I can tell you from my experience that change is more often than not exciting and energising, and can create real career opportunities.

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Finding your career path in the big wide world of law

15 Oct 2014

There’s no doubt that finding your career path from student to gainfully employed lawyer is challenging – scary even. But the ‘right’ path for you is not always clear and direct, but it will still get you there. Here are some words of wisdom I have found useful thus far in my quest to navigate the big, wide world of law:

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Three good reasons why lawyers should try running

08 Oct 2014

Until I became a lawyer I didn’t appreciate the importance or fun of physical activity – in my case, running. I now regularly run - the longer the distance the better. Whilst I will not be featuring in the Olympics any time soon, I will be at the start line for the LIV Fun Run and here are some reasons why I think you should join me!

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