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LIV CEO shares his top tips for surviving a career in law

01 Aug 2013

When you’ve built a career in law spanning almost 40 years, you learn a thing or two about what it takes to survive. YLS Manager, Cassandra Piacentini sat down this week with LIV CEO, Michael Brett Young, to talk about his experiences in practice and his top tips for surviving a career in the law.

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Compassion lost at sea

25 Jul 2013

My mother was just four when she boarded a ship bound for Australia. She was a Jewish girl born in Paris after her parents fled Poland, in the midst of a Europe still grappling with the aftermath of the Holocaust and World War II.

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10 tips for preparing seasonal clerkship and traineeship applications

25 Jul 2013

Applications for Seasonal Clerkships and Traineeships have now opened pursuant to the 2013 LIV Traineeship & Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines.

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A change of scenery: RRR law

18 Jul 2013

Have you ever considered a career in Regional Victoria? Well if you haven’t then you should! There are numerous regional work experience and career opportunities that exist in both the private and public sector for law students and young lawyers.

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Lending a helping hand for the public good

18 Jul 2013

Early on in my career, a partner at my firm, Corrs, handed me a challenge for one of our pro bono clients. The task was to persuade the Australian Taxation Office to endorse The Big Issue as a deductible gift recipient, so that people who made donations could claim them as tax deductions.

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Indigenous incarceration: not much to celebrate

11 Jul 2013

More than 20 years ago, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody warned the Aboriginal population was “grossly over-represented” in jails, and imprisonment should be a last resort.

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How to deal with the unknown

11 Jul 2013

Junior lawyers are often seen as sponges – absorbing information, skills and knowledge throughout their first couple of years in practice. What happens when you transition out of a fairly junior role? What are the expectations as you progress? What are you required to know?

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Accepting people like me as members

04 Jul 2013

As a young lawyer, I wrote an article and submitted it to the Law Institute Journal. To my dismay, the editor wasn’t dazzled by the musings of an articled clerk. I would have to wait longer for my first byline, although perhaps I have had the last laugh now that I have a regular LIJ column!

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The hidden cost of time-based billing

03 Jul 2013

The perennial question of time-based vs flat fee billing. Do you think that law firms need to move away from time-based billing in order to retain clients?

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The ‘In’ thing: LinkedIn for lawyers
The ‘In’ thing: LinkedIn for lawyers

 Nicola Weston 27 Jun 2013

As a lawyer, you’ll understand that a career in law is largely affected by your public perception and professional reputation. Have you heard the old saying, ‘you only get out what you put in’...

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You wouldn’t ask an electrician to do your plumbing

27 Jun 2013

While I am a self-confessed tax geek, and have worked in both accounting and legal firms, I would never profess to be an accountant.

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Lord of the Gavel tells all

20 Jun 2013

August 22. A sad day for some (i.e. me). But for one – the anointed one – the brightest of days. For on August 22, I must relinquish the gilded Gavel-Crown that these past 7368 wondrous hours has rested awkwardly and uncomfortably on my head, and surrender it to a new head, a worthier head, a funnier head.

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Knowing your limits

20 Jun 2013

As part of my role as President, I have been making my way around various suburban and country law association meetings. I often give a speech following Phil Nolan, chair of the LIV’s property law section, and a lawyer at the Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee (LPLC). Apart from the fact that he doles out chocolates as part of his LPLC spiel, what stands out from his talks is how easy it is to make a mistake when trying to run a busy legal practice. While LPLC cover helps give some peace of mind, it does not address the potential for that one-off catastrophic claim that may destroy your practice. That’s where the LIV’s Limitation of Liability Scheme fits in.

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The road to reconciliation

14 Jun 2013

I have been talking quite a lot about diversity this year. One area where we as a society need to do more work is in providing greater recognition of – and improving equity for – Australia’s Indigenous people.

From the perspective of the Law Institute of Victoria, this means identifying ways that we can boost the number of talented Indigenous people in the legal profession. And it means advocating for access to justice for Indigenous people – who remain among our most disadvantaged.

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Young legal minds focus on Australia-India ties

11 Jun 2013

Thirty young leaders from India and Australia took part in the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) held for the first time on Australian soil in late January this year. The goal of the AIYD is to allow young leaders to build and drive sustainable long-term relationships between India and Australia.

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