Victoria's legal community will gather tomorrow in Melbourne's iconic Hardware Lane to mark the opening of the legal year and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Legal Laneway Breakfast.
Conceived as a non-denominational alternative to the traditional church services marking the start of the formal legal year, the Legal Laneway Breakfast – first held in 2004 – is now the biggest and most inclusive networking event in the legal calendar.
Victoria Law Foundation Chair the Honourable P.D. Cummins and Attorney-General the Honourable Robert Clark MP will speak at the event.
Around four hundred legal practitioners and members of Victoria’s judiciary, including judges, magistrates, mediators, barristers, solicitors, court staff, community legal centre staff, law faculty staff and law students, are expected to attend.
Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director Joh Kirby says the Legal Laneway Breakfast began 10 years ago as a get-together for women in the legal sector.
'It has grown considerably in the past decade and is now an important opportunity for the entire legal sector to connect before the legal year gets under way', Ms Kirby says.
'The breakfast brings together people from all parts of the legal sector and encourages them to work together to address issues that affect Victorians’ access to justice.'
Victoria Law Foundation, a not-for-profit, independent statutory body that helps Victorians understand the law and their legal system, hosts the breakfast in partnership with Australian Women Lawyers, Judicial College of Victoria, Legal Services Board, Leo Cussen Centre for Law, The College of Law, Victoria Legal Aid, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Victorian Law Reform Commission, Victorian Women Lawyers, Women’s Legal Service Victoria, and the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Media are invited to attend and photographs will be available for publication.
DATE: 30 January 2013
TIME: 8–9 am
LOCATION: Hardware Lane, between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne
SPEAKERS: Attorney-General the Honourable Robert Clark MP and Victoria Law Foundation Chair the Honourable P.D. Cummins