2016/17 Annual Report
The Young Lawyers Committee assists the Law Society in coordinating a significant number of events and initiatives including:
- social events to promote collegiality such as the Welcome to the Profession breakfast, inter-firm sporting events (volleyball and netball) and Golden Gavel;
- the Practical Advocacy Weekend, which includes a preparatory seminar as well as a weekend of coaching sessions by judges and other senior members of the profession;
- raising awareness about social justice issues through panel events, including the Law Week panel discussion (on the topic of access to justice for refugees and asylum seekers in 2016/2017) and the Social Justice Opportunities Evening;
- mental health and wellbeing initiatives including a Geoffrey Robertson QC-style mental health hypothetical panel discussion;
- small firm networking evenings; and
- the Law Student Mentoring Programme.
The 2017 Law Student Mentoring Programme expanded to include law students from Curtin University and the University of Western Australia, in addition to the University of Notre Dame Australia and Edith Cowan University, who were involved in previous years. This increased participation in the Programme to 50 students, compared to 25 in 2015/16.
In recognition of the changing legal landscape, the Committee increased its focus on giving young and emerging lawyers the opportunity to build their professional networks with young professional bodies from other industries, including accounting, consulting and engineering. The Law Society hosted two Inter Profession Networking events, both of which gave young professionals the opportunity to develop ‘soft’ skills and network with professionals from other industries. The first seminar was on business etiquette and corporate interpersonal communication and the second seminar was the panel discussion ‘Jump on Board’, on how young professionals can position themselves for board roles in not-for-profit, governmental and corporate organisations.
The Committee further considered the Law Council of Australia’s Australian Young Lawyers Committee 2013 Position Paper on Workplace Standards and submitted the Committee’s proposed amendments to the Position Paper for the Law Society’s Council to submit to the Law Council of Australia, with a view to obtaining endorsement of the Workplace Standards at a national level. The proposed amendments are currently being considered for endorsement by the Law Council of Australia’s constituent bodies.
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