29 April 2015 – Volume 79


Get The Vibe, our new legal news online magazine

The Victoria Legal Aid Public Law Library has launched an informative new online legal news magazine called The Vibe, which can be read on a mobile device or desktop PC. It contains topical news, publications and reports organised into law areas. Read more.

Skye Rose, a Law Institute of Victoria Awards finalist in good company

Senior lawyer Skye Rose is a candidate for Government Lawyer of the Year, with her status as a finalist in the Law Institute of Victoria Awards putting her in very good company. Read more.

Practitioner updates

Strong interest in joining Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List

Our Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List has proved popular with almost 250 expressions of interest received. Read more.

Privacy help is here for panel practitioners

With Privacy Awareness Week approaching, panel practitioners are reminded that Victoria Legal Aid can assist with any privacy-related matters. Read more.

County Court changes

The County Court has recently released two documents that will directly impact legal practitioners. The first is the new Criminal Division Practice Note that includes changes to contact points for legal proceedings and eLodgement requirements. The second is a Notice to lawyers about Changes to the Court Security Act 1980 that details changes to the process for the recording of court proceedings.

Community news and notices

Barwon Community Legal Service events

Barwon Community Legal Service offers service providers and community workers free information sessions that explore legal issues affecting their clients and members of their community. Read more at Barwon Community Legal Service.

Privacy Awareness Week – 3 to 9 May

Privacy Awareness Week promotes awareness of privacy issues and the importance of the protection of personal information. The theme, Privacy everyday, emphasises the need to embed privacy practices into business as usual processes, and for individuals and the community to think about how to protect privacy in their everyday lives. Read more at Privacy Awareness Week.

Law Week – 11 to 17 May

Law Week is an annual festival of events which makes learning about the law easy. Find answers to everyday legal issues, go behind the scnes at the courts, or simply get carried away in the drama of the law. Read more at Law Week 2015.

Law Institute of Victoria Awards – 15 May

The 2015 Law Institute of Victoria Awards recognise excellence, outstanding achievements, and contributions of lawyers to the community in Victoria. The ceremony will include a gala dinner, a live band and a special musical performance. Read more at 2015 Law Institute of Victoria Awards.

Talking Justice 2015 – 15 and 16 May

Talking Justice is a series of public lectures around issues of justice and this year's event in Bendigo features former Australian of the Year Professor Mick Dodson, Oxfam Chief Executive Officer Dr Helen Szoke and Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. Read more at Talking Justice.

An evening with Dr Cornel West – 12 June

A Harvard and Princeton graduate, come and hear Dr Cornel West – philosopher, academic, social theorist, educator, author and poet – speak how he has spent his personal and professional life breaking down the social barriers which have disenfranchised minority groups for decades, if not centuries. Read more at An evening with Dr Cornel West.

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 24 July

As the human rights landscape becomes ever more challenging, Australia's only annual human rights conference grows ever more relevant. This year's conference will feature Domestic Violence Victoria Chief Executive Officer Fiona McCormack, Oxfam Chief Executive Officer Dr Helen Szoke and Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference.

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