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How to avoid burnout by debriefing

02 Aug 2012

There are times in a lawyer’s working life when a case is difficult and confronting. It might be the details involved or the rigorous work schedule or the client themselves.

Add to this the more regular challenges that test our resilience and wellbeing in our day to day working lives.  In a competitive, highly driven and high performing workplace the challenges can be:

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Indigenous equality in the law - you can help

02 Aug 2012

There are just six practising Indigenous barristers in Victoria. Two others have moved interstate to take on other challenges. All want to build sustainable practices, with a common goal: getting briefed.

The six junior barristers represent a tiny percentage of the state’s 1900 barristers. And lest you think Victoria is dragging its feet on Indigenous representation at the Bar, think again. Victoria has the most Indigenous barristers of any of the Australian state Bars.

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Seasonal Clerkships and Traineeships: Mastering the application process

27 Jul 2012

I didn’t complete a seasonal clerkship nor did I complete articles (as it was known then). I would love to say this was because I didn’t apply, had no interest in commercial practice at the time (somewhat true) or had other plans for my legal future.  Rather, I wasn’t successful because my applications were appalling.

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Let the Games begin (as long as you play by the rules)

27 Jul 2012

Social media is the story of the 2012 London Olympics.

The new wave of communications is re-shaping the way the Olympics is regulated, particularly in relation to branding and sponsorship.

Why? To protect the exclusivity of the broadcasters who have paid enormous sums of money for the rights. NBC, for example, reportedly paid more than $1 billion for the US rights to the London Games.

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How to manage stressed staff

19 Jul 2012

You suspect a junior lawyer in your team is struggling with mental health issues. He/she worries overly about small details, puts in excessive hours without achieving a great deal and looks exhausted first thing in the morning. What do you about it?
The Vic Lawyers Health Line (VLHL) offers these tips in identifying and managing staff with mental health problems:

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Defending your sanity – how time management can help

12 Jul 2012

The LIV was proud to support the Mental Health Awareness Evening, held at the LIV this week as part of the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) national conference in Melbourne.

The "Defending Your Sanity" publication is great work by ALSA Vice President (Education) Aimee Riley and her team. The publication is aimed at maintaining mental health while a law student and throughout your career. I found the practical time management tips included particularly helpful, and I’d like to share them with you.
 

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How to meet your billable hours target

12 Jul 2012

With the 2011/12 EFY now just behind us, it's a good time to take stock of how we are faring in meeting the targets set by our employers.  One of those targets – perhaps the most important of all – is the billable hour target. 

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Workplace bullying – why doesn’t the legislation work?

06 Jul 2012

The LIV will give evidence to a House of Representatives committee looking into workplace bullying next Wednesday, 11 July. The LIV is concerned that current State based legislation is inadequate in addressing this issue. We will call for a nationally recognised legislative definition of bullying as well as access to a quick, cost effective civil remedy through an appropriate tribunal for bullying in the workplace.

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Threat to law relating to defensive homicide

28 Jun 2012

Attorney-General Robert Clark has advised The Age that he will review the law of defensive homicide. The LIV supports the defensive homicide law and has asked to be consulted in any review before legislation is introduced. The government’s move follows a study by two Melbourne criminologists which said lawyers were entering into secret deals and people were “getting away with murder

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9 simple ways to improve your mental health

28 Jun 2012

If you believe Captain Planet, then ‘The Power Is Yours!’ The trouble is, there are times when not even animated wisdom reaches the darkened depths of a worried mind.

Make no mistake, the mental health of young lawyers and law students is, statistically, in a concerning state. Depression, anxiety and related mental illnesses are on the rise. Many careers are harmed and lives lost in the course of mismanaged or ignored mental health issues.

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Proposed Amendments to Civil Procedure Act go too far

21 Jun 2012

The LIV is concerned that proposed amendments to the Civil Procedure Act go too far and will unfairly affect the ability of parties to litigation to call their own independent experts.

Attorney General Robert Clark introduced the Civil Procedure Amendment Bill 2012 this week which will require parties to litigation in Victoria to seek directions from the court whenever expert evidence may be used. The court may limit the use of expert witnesses to specific issues; limit the number of experts that may be called; order two or more experts to produce a joint report.

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10 FREE online legal research tools

21 Jun 2012

With the title of ‘young lawyer’, ‘new lawyer’ or ‘later lawyer’ comes expectation.  Founded or otherwise, one such expectation is that we are, or should be, proficient researchers. Fresh from university, we have recently honed our skills in essay writing and exam study by knowing which of the many online and other legal resources are best for the task at hand. Our employers and more senior colleagues will look to us to lead the way in online legal research.

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What are your responsibilities to assist older clients at risk of financial abuse?

15 Jun 2012

A new guide for lawyers to assist older clients at risk of financial abuse has been launched to co-incide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren and Attorney General Robert Clark launched “Assets for Care: A guide for lawyers to assist older clients at risk of financial abuse” last night. The free guide provides a useful checklist for lawyers.

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Six tips for dealing with negative feedback in your performance review

13 Jun 2012

It’s that time of year again… For those of you lucky enough to work for an employer that uses a performance review process, for goodness’ sake take advantage of it!  It will speed up your professional development.

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So you want to volunteer?

07 Jun 2012

Volunteering is becoming more of a rite of passage for young and aspiring lawyers in today’s competitive job market. More and more employers are looking beyond grades before bringing fresh-faced lawyers into the firm. So why volunteer?

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