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2009 Indigenous Clerkships

[30 Oct 2008]

The Victorian Bar, together with the Supreme Court and the Judicial College of Victoria, are offering 3 paid summer clerk positions to be undertaken 2 to 20 February 2009 for indigenous law students.  Applications close 14 November 2008.  Click below for the application guidelines and application form.

2008 National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference

[30 Oct 2008]

A reminder that the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference, presented by the Law Council of Australia and the National Pro Bono Resource Centre, will be held in Sydney on 14 and 15 November. The conference will centre on the key theme of "Working Together". See the conference website for further details.

White Ribbon Day Breakfast

[30 Oct 2008]

Please be reminded that the Bar is hosting a breakfast on Wednesday 19 November 2008 in support of the White Ribbon Day campaign. The White Ribbon Foundation of Australia aims to eliminate violence against women by promoting culture-change around the issue.  The cost of the breakfast is $25.00 with the option to donate $20.00 to the White Ribbon Foundation. Alternatively, you may make a donation via the WRD website. Please see the attached invitation for more details.

This event is organised by the Health and Wellbeing Committee, a standing committee of the Bar Council and Murray McInnis, who is an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Foundation.

Please complete the attached remittance to register your attendance.

John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

[15 Oct 2008]

The John Koowarta Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an approved course of study at or through an Australian tertiary institute, which is a prerequisite to admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction.

Health & Well-Being Links

[13 Oct 2008]

As part of the Bar's commitment to supporting practitioner health and well-being, a list of links can now be accessed to relevant services and organisations. The links can be accessed in the Members section of the website.

The Indigenous Barristers’ Fund

[6 Oct 2008]

The Victorian Bar Council has established the Indigenous Barristers’ Fund as a major initiative of the Bar, and an expression of its commitment to bring talented Indigenous lawyers into the mainstream of legal practice in Victoria.