More than 50% of the Victorian legal profession are under 35. Yet although many have at least ten years’ service, young lawyers underrate their influence.
I recognise through my mentoring of graduates and younger lawyers that they have strong opinions on the profession and the manner we provide access to the law for clients. It’s always a very pleasing time to listen to young lawyers and learn of their ambitions and goals for and within the profession.
One of the challenges in attracting greater respect from the profession for younger lawyers is the need for them to be more active in the many forums they have access, and which serve them – such as the LIV and the Legal Services Board (LSB).