President’s Report – September
I would like to begin my first President’s Report by paying tribute to my predecessor, Matthew Keogh. Over more than a decade at the Society, Matthew has worked tirelessly and served with distinction in a number of senior roles on the Executive and Council, particularly with a focus on access to justice. Matthew was also previously Convenor of the Young Lawyers Committee.
On behalf of the Executive, Council, staff and all members of the Society, I thank Matthew for his exceptional service. I wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
YLC Strategic Plan
At last month’s meeting, Council approved the Young Lawyers Committee (YLC) Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. In response to the Society’s recent organisational review and the 2014- 2018 Strategic Plan, the YLC has been undertaking a series of strategy review and planning meetings to develop a new YLC Strategic Plan.
The purpose of the new YLC Strategic Plan is to assist the YLC to represent, engage with and support young and emerging lawyers. This will be achieved through a number of strategies focused around developing as members of the profession and helping them to connect with the legal community.
National Attrition and Reengagement Study
In May I attended the Law Council of Australia National Attrition and Reengagement Study (NARS) workshop in Sydney, along with former President Matthew Keogh and Executive Director David Price. At the start of proceedings it was agreed that there is sufficient evidence of the existence of a lack of diversity and equity in the profession and to concentrate our combined efforts to addressing it. Attendees at the workshop unanimously adopted a Diversity and Equality Charter, as a statement of principle publically acknowledging the commitment of the Australian legal profession to diversity and equality.
The Law Council Directors formally adopted the Diversity and Equality Charter at their June 2015 meeting. In doing so, the Law Council encouraged the Constituent Bodies to do the same.
At last month’s Council meeting, it was determined that the Society endorses and supports the Law Council Diversity and Equality Charter. A copy of the charter can be found on the Society’s website