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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 secretary@clsvictoria.org 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 secretary@clsvictoria.org

We look forward to having you at the AGM!

 

 

Breakfast and talk by Christopher Brohier – Not Only in America: The Need to Protect Religious Freedom in Australia

The Victorian Christian Legal Society is proud to be co-hosting a breakfast with the Melbourne Catholic Lawyers Association on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at The Essoign Club at 7:45am.

The speaker for the breakfast will be Adelaide barrister Christopher Brohier, who will be speaking on the topic Not Only in America:  The Need to Protect Religious Freedom in Australia

Christopher commenced legal practice in 1982 and joined the bar in 1993.  He is acting for a number of Christian men and women who are involved in litigation because of their engagement in conduct based on their Christian beliefs.

Christopher will discuss the work of the recently founded Human Rights Law Alliance, which is dedicated to preserving the fundamental freedoms of religion, conscience, speech and association.  The Alliance funds and resources legal cases with strategic implications for freedom.  It also conducts human rights law training programs for lawyers and law students.

COST
Members: $32.00
Non-Members: $35.00

RSVP: Please email secretary@clsvictoria.org confirming payment by 3pm Friday 12 May 2017.

PAYMENT DETAILS
Please make payment by EFT – Funds should be deposited in the VCLS’ bank account, the details of which are below:

Name: Christian Lawyers Society
BSB: 063 009
Acc No.: 00902047

Please include your name and “BREAKFAST” as the description.

If you have issues with making payment via EFT, please contact the Secretary at secretary@clsvictoria.org for alternative payment methods.

If you are unsure whether you are a subscribed member of the VCLS for 2016/2017, please contact the Secretary accordingly.

Feel free to pass on this invitation to others who might be interested in attending.

Meet the Profession Dinner 2016 Wrap-up

Meet the Profession Dinner 2016

PRESENTATION PAPER NOW AVAILABLE
Click here for presenter Peter Agardy’s paper, “Reconciling Christian Principles with the Practice of the Law”

Thank you to all the students and members of the profession that attended our Meet the Profession Dinner on 7 September 2016.

We had the privilege of honouring one of the VCLS’ longstanding supporters and past VCLS president Ross Gordon for his many years of service as he transitions into retirement.

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VCLS President Ms Derrick Toh presents Mr Gordon with an honorary lifetime membership.

We were also inspired by the thoughtful and insightful presentation by barrister and author, Mr Peter Agardy, on reconciling Christian principles with the practice of law. Peter has graciously permitted us to upload a copy of his paper.

Our speaker, barrister Peter Agardy, presenting his paper on reconciling Christianity with legal practice.

Our speaker, barrister Peter Agardy, presents his paper on reconciling Christianity with legal practice.

Thanks also to those who generously donated door prizes for the students, in particular Lewis Holdway Lawyers and barrister Ray Ternes who offered an internship and a shadowing opportunity, respectively.

We hope that everyone was able to make new connections and strengthen existing contacts and that we continue to be salt and light within the legal community.

For the students, if you would like to be involved with the VCLS, please get in touch.

If you are not yet on our mailing list and would also like to join as a member for FY2016/2017 please contact Amy at secretary@clsvictoria.org.

Meet the Profession Dinner 2016 – Tickets Now Selling

Meet the Profession Dinner 2016

The Victorian Christian Legal Society is pleased to advise that tickets can now be booked for our VCLS Meet the Profession Dinner 2016.

Click here to book your ticket now!

Date: Wednesday 7th September 2016
Time: 6pm (for a 6:30pm start)
Venue: CQ Functions, 113 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

There will be some valuable door prizes up for grabs including one or two clerkships for the law students.

This annual event is a great opportunity for students from various law schools across Victoria to mix, mingle, fellowship and make connections with Christians working in the legal industry in an informal setting. The event will feature a scrumptious dinner, guest speakers, door prizes and the opportunity to network.

Alcohol will be available for purchase at the bar.

NOTE: There will be member/non-member pricing this year. Please click here for more information on how to join.

AGM Outcome and Membership Changes

Committee

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.

Incorporation

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.

Membership

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 secretary@clsvictoria.org together with the applicable membership fee.

The Society thanks you for your continued support!

ACLC 2016 – Registrations Now Open!

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We are pleased to announce that the Australasian Christian Legal Convention 2016 (“ACLC 2016”) will be held on 29 September to 1 October 2016 at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane. The theme of the Convention will be “Redeeming the law for the kingdom of God in Australia”. The Convention is open to lawyers, law students, persons involved in the administration of justice and those with a concern for justice in our community.

The international key note speaker for the Convention is Mike Schutt from the USA, the director of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) Law School Ministries and of the Institute for Christian Legal Studies, a cooperative ministry of the CLS and Trinity Law School, where he is a Visiting Professor. He previously practised law with US firm Thompson & Knight.

Mr Schutt currently writes, speaks, and teaches on the relationship of lawyers, faith, and culture. He is the author of Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession (InterVarsity Press 2007), a vocational exhortation for law students and lawyers.

In addition to Mr Schutt, we are privileged to have Queensland Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins, South Australian Supreme Court Justice David Bleby and Federal Court Judge John Gilmour as the Convention’s Patrons, alongside a number of prestigious speakers. More information on our exciting line-up of speakers can be found at the link below.

Registrations for the ACLC 2016 have now opened! Early bird registration rates apply. Click here for more information or to register.

The Convention is a major event organised by the Victorian Christian Legal Society in collaboration with its partners, aimed at bringing together Christian legal practitioners from all over Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

We hope to see you there!

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Exciting Opportunities in 2016

Dear members and friends,

We thank you for your support in 2015 and are looking forward to coming together as a community with greater impact and voice in 2016.

This year, we are asking for articles or opinion pieces to be submitted for publication on this website. Suggested topics include law reform, tips on how to manage work/life balance in the law, the refugee crisis in Australia and the intersection between faith and law.

If you are interested in having your voice heard, please submit a short outline (50-100 words) of your proposed article to secretary@clsvictoria.org and our team will get back to you.

In 2016, we are also looking forward to revising our membership processes, planning our Annual Dinner and Meet the Profession events and engaging with the legal community on a larger scale. If you are interested in volunteering to assist in future VCLS events, please let us know.

In the meantime, below are a few upcoming events we hope you will mark in your diaries and take the opportunity to attend.

Blessings,

VCLS Committee

Opening of the Legal Year

A multi-faith service for the opening of the legal year will be held at Government House, Melbourne on 1 February 2016 at 10am.

To be followed by morning tea hosted by The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria.

RSVP Essential to replies@govhouse.vic.gov.au by 25 January 2016 giving full names of proposed guest(s), mailing address and indication of whether guests wish to take place in procession.

Global Marketplace Exchange (GME) Conference

The GME Conference aims to mobilise and unify the body of Christ for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God through reformation of the church and marketplace.

At this year’s conference (18 – 20 February 2016), leaders including Pastors Margaret Court, Ken Fish and Asoka Perera will host strategic workshops that will focus on looking at some of the most important issues facing our nation today through the lens of Christ’s wisdom.

Please see flyer for more details.

3rd Australasian Christian Legal Convention (29 September – 1 October 2016)

The theme of this convention is “Redeeming the law for the Kingdom of God in Australia.”

The international keynote speaker for the convention is Mike Schutt, director of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) Law School Ministries and of the Institute for Christian Legal Studies, a cooperative ministry of the CLS and Trinity Law School.

Please see our webpage for more details and subscribe to our mailing list for more information.

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.

Blessings,

VCLS Committee

Australasian Christian Legal Convention: Dates and Keynote Speaker Announced!

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We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Australasian Christian Legal Convention will be held on 29 September to 1 October 2016 in Brisbane (venue TBA). The theme of the Convention will be “Redeeming the law for the kingdom of God in Australia“.

We are privileged to have Mr Mike Schutt from the USA as our keynote international speaker for the event. Schutt is the director of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) Law Student Ministries and of the Institute for Christian Legal Studies, a cooperative ministry of the CLS and Trinity Law School, where he is a Visiting Professor. He previously practised law with US firm Thompson & Knight. Schutt currently writes, speaks, and teaches on the relationship of lawyers, faith, and culture. He is the author of Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession (InterVarsity Press 2007), a vocational exhortation for law students and lawyers.

The Convention is a major event that will bring together Christian legal practitioners from all over Asia, Australia and New Zealand. We hope to see you there.

Please mark the dates in your diaries and stay tuned for further details and registration information!

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VCLS Christmas Carols Service – 8 December 2015

VCLS Christmas Carols 2015

Join us as we celebrate Christmas together by remembering God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ, who inspires us to be generous to others.

We are pleased to announce that Diane Spicer, the CEO of Prison Network Ministries, and Laurel Gore, Prison Network Ministries Senior Support Worker, will be joining us and sharing at the VCLS Christmas Carols Service on Tuesday 8 December 2015!

An recipient of support from the Prison Network Ministries will also share her life-changing experience founded by the dedication and support of Prison Network Ministries. You’ll be challenged, inspired and hopefully will reach out to provide support for this great organisation during this festive season.

There will be also an opportunity to give towards the work that Prison Network Ministries including a pop-up store where you can purchase last-minute Christmas cards with proceeds going to Prison Network Ministries.

There will be a few nibbles and drinks beforehand and we will be going to TGI Fridays at Melbourne Central for dinner/drinks after the event.

So join us for an evening of carols, fellowship, giving and celebration in the CBD. Do invite colleagues, friends, family, Christian or non-Christian … all welcome.

Event Information
Date: Tuesday 8 December 2015
Time: 6:30pm for a 6.45pm start
Venue: Chapel at CrossCultures Church (enter via Swanston Street entrance)
Cost: Free
RSVP: secretary@clsvictoria.org for catering purposes and dinner booking

Please RSVP by Monday 7 December 2015 to assist with catering and booking if you would like to attend the dinner/drinks after the event.

Blessings,

VCLS Committee

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