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    May
  • 16
    May

    Victorian Government lawyer, Julie Freeman finalist for Government Lawyer of the Year Award in 14th Victorian Legal Awards

    Julie Freeman, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, is a finalist in the 14th Victorian Legal Awards in the Government Lawyer of the Year category. The Victorian Law Awards honour the outstanding achievements of Victorian lawyers in areas including government law, access to justice and pro bono legal work, in-house counsel, accredited specialisation, mentoring and community lawyers. Throughout the award's fourteen year history, previous recipients have included current senior VGSO colleagues Alison O'Brien, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor of Government and Public Law and Mary Scalzo, Managing Principal Solicitor. Speaking on Julie's shortlisting as a finalist, Victorian Government Solicitor, Marlo Baragwanath commented 'I'm glad to see Julie's outstanding leadership in government law recognised in this way - seeing government lawyers who contribute to key projects across the State recognised by awards like this really positions government law as a valid and rewarding career choice.  I hope that it encourages other talented lawyers to join or progress in the public sector.' Julie joined VGSO in 2013 from private legal practice to lead a practice of 25 lawyers in VGSO's Commercial Property & Technology team.  Julie is a key adviser to government entities in a wide range of sectors, including emergency services, gambling, racing, corrections and youth justice, transport, energy and resources. Julie commented 'it's a real compliment to be acknowledged in this way. I pursued a career advising government as I enjoy seeing the community impact of my work.  I relish the diverse nature of government work and the particular challenges that come from working with the complex range of stakeholders who need to be considered in any project.  I also love working with a group of committed government lawyers at VGSO and within the broader public service. Winners are announced this Friday 18 May.  For further information contact: Lucia Halliburton 03 9947 1416
  • 13
    Feb

    2018 VGSO Monthly Seminar Series

    Looking for CPD units relevant to government lawyers and the broader VPS? We've got you covered. The VGSO Monthly Seminar Series calendar has just been released.
  • 04
    Apr
    2017

    Victorian Government Solicitor, Marlo Baragwanath, participates in a "Conflicts of Interest" panel

    On Friday 31 March, Victorian Government Solicitor, Marlo Baragwanath, joined fellow panellists at a Victorian Ombudsman Masterclass "Conflicts of Interest: Is it or isn't it?"
  • 15
    Aug
    2016

    VGSO August Monthly Seminar postponed from 18 August to 29 August

    Hanging out for our Monthly VGSO Seminar? It has been postponed from 18 August to 29 August and will be hosted by the Workplace Relations & Occupational Safety. Stay tuned for more details shortly.  
  • 08
    Aug
    2016

    VGSO farewells outgoing Victorian Government Solicitor, Peter Stewart

    Following five years at the helm of the office, Peter Stewart has completed his term as Victorian Government Solicitor. 
  • 13
    May
    2016

    Alumni News

    Read the latest VGSO Alumni News. 
  • 30
    Mar
    2016

    The Report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence released

    The Report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence is now available to the public after being tabled in Parliament earlier today. The report can be viewed online via the RCFV website
  • 21
    Mar
    2016

    VGSO celebrates Equitable Briefing

    On Monday evening, the VGSO launched their internal Equitable Briefing Policy and played host to more than 55 women barristers and bar readers keen to work with government and access high quality briefs. IMG_4898.jpg VGSO are signatories to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) joint initiative on Equitable Briefing and the event was a practical step in enabling VGSO solicitors to broaden their briefing pool and network with new faces at the Bar.  Special guests for the evening included Melinda Richards SC, Crown Counsel who moderated a panel of Fiona McLeod SC, Rachel Ellyard, Janine Hebiton and Monika Pekevska. The evening was opened by Catherine Roberts, one of the author's of VGSO's internal policy, who highlighted the key points and aims of the Equitable Briefing Policy. The policy commits VGSO to a number of actions including 50% targets in briefing women barristers, identifying new women commercial barristers, and collecting relevant data and reporting this data to VEOHRC.   Catherine was followed by a panel discussion of the solicitor/barrister relationship, how to promote positive working relationships and reflections on the effects of equitable briefing policies, including how the policies can transform the legal profession.    We would like to thank the panel for their engaging discussion and to the attendees for helping create a successful evening and look forward to similar events in the future.    
  • 12
    Nov
    2015

    VGSO commits to equitable briefing of women barristers

    On Wednesday 11 November, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) launched a joint initiative alongside the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) and members of the Judiciary to target inequitable representation of Victorian women barristers in commercial litigation. 

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