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For Justice and Mercy

22 Nov 2012

Can you imagine facing the death penalty at the hands of the state, relying on understaffed and overworked legal offices for your representation? This is reality for the indigent death row defendants who are facing an unforgiving and often biased legal system.

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Transforming law students and graduates into the lawyers of the future

16 Nov 2012

The practice of law in Australia is undergoing fundamental change. We are witnessing the globalisation of legal practice through international mergers and the outsourcing of legal work to low cost jurisdictions.  The question is whether the education of our law students and graduates is keeping pace with these developments.

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How to conduct an effective client interview

15 Nov 2012

Clients want to deal with someone they trust and like, so it is important for you to conduct the initial interview to the best of your ability.

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Who will protect the rights of young offenders held in adult jails?

08 Nov 2012

This week, further disturbing information came to light about young offenders being held in adult prisons and there were two interesting responses. The first was from the Victorian government which said there were “fewer than five” juveniles in the State’s adult jails. The second was from a caller to my legal segment on ABC Statewide Drive on Wednesday who questioned whether solitary confinement wasn’t the safest place for incarcerated juveniles. The LIV believes it is vital that we advocate for the rights of young offenders, and we wonder who in government is looking after these vulnerable young people.

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 From idea to implementation: 5 steps for getting a not-for-profit organisation off the ground
From idea to implementation: 5 steps for getting a not-for-profit organisation off the ground

 Sophie Ellis 08 Nov 2012

Setting up a not-for-profit organisation is a big commitment, but it’s not out of reach. Here are 5 steps to get you started. And remember, every not-for-profit, no matter how big, started out as a good idea...

The not-for-profit sector is a large part of Australia’s economy, making up 4% of Australia’s GDP, with volunteers contributing approximately $14.6 billion in additional, unpaid work each year.   
 

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What are the benefits of being a financially savvy lawyer?

01 Nov 2012

Being financially literate is an important skill set for today’s lawyer.

Financial literacy is important for our clients and important for our businesses. 

Recently, I blogged about the importance of giving clients value for money in these tough economic times. I focused on up-skilling and showing clients that lawyers are professional partners who "add value".

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Interventions Orders Part 2: Why didn't an intervention order protect Sargun’s life?

01 Nov 2012

Recently, we heard that a young woman named Sargun Ragi had been allegedly murdered by her husband, Avjit Singh in her home. There was outrage when we learned that at the time of her death, Sargun had an intervention order against Avjit. This tragedy raises several issues.  Why didn’t the intervention order protect Sargun? How could this have been prevented? Did Sargun seek legal and other help? Was she reluctant to disclose all evidence of a history of family violence and abuse to the court? Were the terms and conditions of her intervention order sufficient? Why did Avjit breach the intervention order? Why didn’t the police take further action? 

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How should lawyers manage clients with personal safety issues?

25 Oct 2012

Family violence is a serious problem in our society. The terms, ‘intervention orders’, ‘apprehended violence orders’, ‘protection orders’, ‘family violence orders’, ‘IVO’s’, ‘AVO’s’, ‘personal safety intervention orders’ and ‘restraining orders’ are common phrases bandied around. Some parts of our community are well versed in the options that are available if you, your family, your children, your neighbor, your friend, your colleagues or your associates have personal safety issues. Unfortunately, other parts of our community are not. 

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Landmark survey charts unmet legal need in Victoria

25 Oct 2012

A comprehensive survey of legal needs has estimated that there is a large unmet need for advice, with only 50 per cent of people in Victoria seeking any sort of advice for their legal issues. Of those, only 16 per cent sought advice from lawyers. The Legal Australia-Wide Survey (LAW Survey)  provides valuable data for the LIV to promote the value and importance of legal assistance.

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How to use LinkedIn as an effective networking tool
How to use LinkedIn as an effective networking tool

 Nadia Wu 18 Oct 2012

“It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Like it or not, this is one of the most oft-quoted mantras when it comes to building – and...

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What are the most common ethical dilemmas facing Victorian lawyers?

18 Oct 2012

When surveyed about lawyers in general, public perception is invariably poor, but then people add …“but mine is alright”.

Despite our public relations challenges, the reality is, of course, that lawyers take their professional obligations very seriously. The LIV’s Ethics Advice Line often receives more than 80 calls per week from lawyers seeking advice regarding ethical issues.

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Italian abduction case demonstrates need for legal advice

12 Oct 2012

We have all been exposed to media reports and public opinion about the recent Italian ‘abduction case’. Comments, plastered all over social media sites, range from “How could the law allow these children to be removed from their mother?” to “The mother should have made an application in Italy, she never had a chance here”.

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How can we divert youth away from crime?

11 Oct 2012

A criminal record can have an enormously negative impact on a person’s future.
 
Aside from the stigmatising effect of a criminal conviction itself, it can adversely affect
future employment prospects, the opportunity to hold public office, undertake jury duty, even travel overseas.

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Trying times for law practices - 3 ways you can adapt & grow

04 Oct 2012

The pressure on legal spend means that we need to be more responsive to our clients' needs and work more efficiently. Like it or not, the traditional law practice is dying, and we all need to do our best to adapt and continue to grow our practices.
 

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Changes to VLA guidelines - access to justice denied

27 Sep 2012

As of Monday, justice will became a lot less accessible to thousands of Victorians.

From 1 October 2012, most people who need legal assistance in traffic matters will not receive it.

Unless a person has a pre-diagnosed disability or psychiatric condition and that person is facing a term of imprisonment, they will either be left on their own or given limited access to a duty lawyer on the morning of their hearing.

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