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Merry Christmas from the VCLS!

The Victorian Christian Legal Society (VCLS) Committee wishes all its members and affiliates a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

The VCLS Committee would like to extend their thanks particularly to its members for their constant support over 2017, which has seen the election of new Committee members and a renewed focus on engaging with law students and junior practitioners. The Committee is made up entirely of volunteers and your financial support is channeled back into hosting events that aim to cultivate strong connections among the Christian legal community.

Over the years, the VCLS has traditionally lent its support to a number of charitable organisations, particularly around the Christmas season. We are continually overwhelmed with the generosity of our members and the incredible work that these organisations perform.

We have compiled a short list of organisations which members may wish to consider supporting this holiday season below. (Not all of these organisations are affiliated with the VCLS, though some have been invited to speak at past VCLS events.)

Have a merry Christmas and a safe holiday season!

  • Compassion Australia: runs child sponsorship programs and provides practical assistance (access to water, healthcare and support after natural disasters) to lift children out of poverty
  • Fred Hollows Foundation: provides training to medical professionals and funding for operations to eliminate avoidable blindness and improve Indigenous Australian health
  • International Justice Mission Australia: partners with police, prosecutors, judges and social workers in developing countries to prosecute human rights violations under domestic law
  • Love Mercy Foundation: Australian charity running microfinance and healthcare projects in Northern Uganda
  • Prison Fellowship Australia: provides ministry to incarcerated men and women and their families
  • Southern Cross Kids Camp: runs programs to assist children who have been subjected to abuse, neglect or domestic violence
  • St Kilda Gatehouse: provides support and assistance to those involved in street based sex work or affected by commercial sexual exploitation as a result of hardship
  • Thankyou: social enterprise producing household goods – 100% of profits go to projects aimed at eliminating global poverty

Changes to mentoring program and technical difficulties with contact forms

If you missed our annual Meet the Profession Dinner yesterday night, we’ve announced some changes to the Society’s mentoring program.

Due to an overwhelming amount of interest, we have lifted the cap on mentoring places.

Students and professionals alike will have until 24 November 2017 to submit expressions of interest for the program, which will run during the 2018 calendar year.

To those who have already applied, thank you for your patience while we fine-tune this new initiative!

For more information or to apply, please click here.

On a sidenote, it’s recently come to our attention that some people may have experienced technical difficulties with using the contact forms on our website. We have since fixed the issue.

If you suspect that your query may not have gotten through, please email it directly to . Thank you and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Annual General Meeting Minutes & New Committee Announced

On Monday 29 May 2017, the Victorian Christian Legal Society (VCLS) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Please see links below to access a copy of minutes and documents referred to therein:

As you will see from the minutes, a new committee comprising the following individuals was elected at the AGM:
  • President – David De Alwis
  • Vice-President -Rebekah Wong
  • Secretary -Joshua Davis
  • Treasurer – Aaron Chan
  • General Member – Marketing Manager – Annabelle Yap
  • General Member – Student Representative – Nathan Lu

Natalie Fielding remains as the representative of the CLS at the CLEAR Board level and Derrick Toh has been elected in a reporting role between CLEAR and the VCLS.

The new committee will unveil their plans for the next financial year at the Annual Dinner on 13 June 2017. We hope you can join us – there are limited tickets so please do not delay in purchasing your tickets!

Notice of AGM – 29 May 2017

The annual general meeting for the Victorian Christian Legal Society will take place on:

Date: Monday, 29 May 2017
Time: 6.15pm
Place: Hutchinson Legal, Level 10, 459 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Please click here for the formal notice and meeting agenda.

Due to swipe card entry into the building after 6pm, we request that you arrive either before 6pm or by 6:10pm (where there will be someone waiting at the door). If you are running late, please email ahead of time and we will provide you with a contact number to call when you arrive.

If you have any other questions, please contact Amy or Derrick at

We look forward to having you at the AGM!



AGM Outcome and Membership Changes


Unlike the Federal election, we do not have a hung committee.

We are pleased to announce your Committee for 2016-17 is unchanged and remains as follows:

President: Derrick Toh
Vice President: David de Alwis
Secretary: Amy Nhan
Treasurer: Aaron Chan
Executive Advisor: Paul Holdway

On behalf of the Committee, we thank you for ongoing support and look forward to growing an organisation that will represent a Christian faith based view in the legal profession.


Last year, we were officially registered as an incorporated association with not for profit status. This was to ensure that we are able to continue carrying out our activities and events in the appropriate way from a liability perspective and also remain accountable to our members according to acceptable good governance standards.


In order to ensure that we are a viable organisation, we are reinstating a very modest membership fee from 1st of July 2016 as follows:

Full member – $20.00 per annum
(This type of membership is for those who are working as a paralegal/workplace trainee/solicitor/barrister/member of judiciary/academic/other professional)

Student member – $5.00 per annum
(This type of membership is for students studying undergraduate/postgraduate/Juris Doctor degrees, or for those who are seeking employment)

There is no prorated amount. We have simplified the fee structure from previous years as much as possible to avoid any confusion.

To become a member, simply download our membership form, fill it in and send it to together with the applicable membership fee.

The Society thanks you for your continued support!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Carols Service recently. We had the honour and privilege to hear the from our guest speakers from Prison Network Ministries and an opportunity to give towards the important work that they do for women in prison and their children and families who are affected.

Thank you to all who donated and purchased cards made by the women in prison on the night.

Thank you to all our members and supporters for your prayers and practical assistance in 2015. This year has seen the launch of our new website, the hosting of our first Annual Dinner in the last few years, the continual establishment of our Young Lawyers networking dinners and our continual advocacy for the protection of religious freedoms, amongst other things. We look forward to the new year and pray that God will bless and keep you and your families over this holiday period.


VCLS Committee

Opportunity for Christian Lawyers – The Christian Research Association

The Christian Research Association is seeking a Christian lawyer willing to serve on a research ethics committee, on a voluntary basis. The Association is the leading Christian research body in Australia, and also helps approve research projects for Harvest and Eastern (Tabor) colleges.

The committee meets approximately four times per year and is seeking a lawyer to consider its research from a proper legal perspective. The committee chairperson is a leading barrister.

If you are a Victorian Christian Legal Society member and would like to express your interest in the role, please direct your enquiry to .


Welcome to the new website of the Victorian Christian Legal Society (‘CLS’), the peak representative body for Christians working in the legal industry in Victoria.

The new website features pages dedicated to CLS events, information about the benefits of becoming a member and a new page from which members of the general public can access our popular referrals service.  The CLS is active in making submissions and publishing articles on topical legal and policy issues relevant to Christians, and these will be made available from our articles page.

We hope that you find the new website useful!