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September: Wellbeing Month

This month (September 2018) the Geelong Law Association are promoting Lawyers health and wellbeing by making September "Health and Wellbeing Month".

We will be kicking it off by doing a walking group every Wednesday at 1pm for the whole month meeting at Geelong Carousel. 

We will also be doing a Meditation and Yoga session aimed for Thursday 13 September 2018 for a 4:00 pm start at Geelong City Yoga, an email will come around shortly confirming the details and cost.

Finally, we encourage everyone to participate in STEPtember and make September the month that you get your step count up (recommended at least 10,000 steps per day). Walking helps reduce stress, improve your heart and lung fitness, boost your immunity to catching a cold and adding up to three years to your life expectancy! amoung other great benefits. It is great to clear your head at lunch time and get some fresh air and sun (as the weather warms up hopefully). We are so lucky in Geelong to have wonderful walking tracks along the waterfront.

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Julian Burnside event

A dinner will be held at the Eastern Hub in East Geelong on the 19 April 2018 with guest speaker Julian Burnside AO QC to speak on the following topic:

"Is the ABC properly funded by the Federal Government to be an independent voice and vital source of information and entertainment for all Australians".

For more information please click here.

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Condolences: Passing of Gary Bent

It is with deep regret that the Geelong Law Association advises its members that on Sunday morning (4 February 2018) Gary Bent sadly passed away.

Gary was a former partner of Ingpen & Bent and former president of the Geelong Law Association. Our condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Annual dinner: 24 November

The 2017 annual dinner was again at the renovated Geelong Library and Heritage Centre - a great venue with an amazing view of Geelong.

The annual dinner continues to be a successful event, giving members the opportunity to relax and unwind with their peers and celebrate the end of another year.

Once again this event was proudly sponsored by Foley’s List and TAC. The GLA would like to thank Foley’s List and the TAC for their continued support with this and many other GLA events.

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Events in Geelong: October 2017


There are several useful events in Geelong in October 2017.

Supreme Court Education Seminar (5 Oct)

This free seminar aims to provide practical procedural information in relation to the management of civil appeals in the Court of Appeal and personal injury claims in the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria. It is being held a Geelong Magistrate's Court on 5 October 2017 from 4-5:30. RSVP by 2 October 2017. Places are limited.

Roads Governane Professional Development Course (6 Oct)

This one day professional development course from The Public Land Consultancy this lecture will be presented by David Gabriel-Jones at the Geelong Conference Centre, Adams Court, Eastern Park. Update: course sold out. For details of this course at other locations visit The Public Land Consultancy.

Leases and Licenses of Public Land (20 October)

This one day course will cover topics such as: Landlords & Tenants, Legislation, Negotiating & Managing Tenures, Native Title and Rateability. Click Here for more information. Cost is $550 per person and is being presented by Karen Hayes at the Geelong Conference Centre, Adams Court, Eastern Park on 20 October.

Seeking Refuge Project 2017


Details about the Seaking Refuge Project can be found on the seeking refuge information page.

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2017 Annual General Meeting

10 March 2017

The 2017 AGM was held at the Empire Grill on Friday 10 March 2017.

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Opening of Koori Court in Geelong

31 March 2016

On 31 March 2016 the Attorney General, Martin Pakula, launced Victoria's newest Koori Court in Geelong.

Practising Certificate Renewals

Reminder - renew by 30 April 2016

Members wishing to continue legal practise in the new financial year are reminded to renew their practising certificate before their current certificate expires at midnight on 30 June 2016.

Members should have received an email from the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner inviting them to renew their practising certificate via LSB online. The renewal process is open until 30 April 2016. All renewals completed after this date will incur a surcharge on the prescribed fee.

If members require assistance with their renewal they are encouraged to contact the LSB Online Support team early in the renewal process on 03 9679 8111.

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2016 Annual General Meeting

18 March 2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Empire Grill on Friday 18 March 2016 from 12:30-2pm and was free to all members.

Seeking Refuge Project 2016

Expressions of interest

Are you interested in volunteering as part of the Seeking Refuge Project in Geelong, assisting Asylum Seeker to apply for their Temporary Protection Visas? Barwon Community Legal Service, in conjunction with Refugee Legal is looking for dedicated volunteers. Please click here for more information and to register your interest.

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Reminder - membership renewal

August 2015

This is a reminder that all GLA membership renewals are now due.  Everyone should have received a renewal notice earlier this year asking if you would like to renew your membership.  If you have not received this notice, please contact the GLA Secretary, Helen Buchan on

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Congratulations Elsie Stokie

June 2015

The Geelong Law Association would like to extend their congratulations to Elsie Stokie of Barwon Community Legal Service on being awarded the 2015 LIV Community Lawyer of the Year award.

Ms Stokie was presented her award in front of friends and colleagues at the presentation ceremony and dinner on 15th of May 2015.

The award recognises Ms Stokie’s continued hard work and dedication to BCLS after establishing the then Geelong Community Legal Service and working as its first employee in 1986. Ms Stokie has been integral to the promotion and expansion of the BCLS and her work in education and litigation continues to benefit the Geelong community and their access to legal services.

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President's Report 2015

February 2015

Dear Members

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a belated happy new year.

By way of update since my last President's Report, the following has occurred

On Friday 24 October 2014, in collaboration with Deakin University, our Association held our annual Deakin Day.  Thank you to all the members who supported the day which enables members to obtain CPD points without cost.  This has proved to be a valuable initiative for our members and we will continue to provide free CPD not only at the end of each month but also on the last Friday in October of each year.

It is of particular note that the three compulsory morning sessions are well attended.  The afternoon sessions are often poorly attended and as a committee we will look at different ways to provide substantive law CPD to our members.  As a committee we are always looking to members to provide their feedback about these events and look forward to receiving any comments you may have as to how we can improve Deakin Day or alternatively provide topics which you would like us to address in 2015.

A very big thank you to Foleys List who supported us again in 2014.  We hope that the support from Foleys for Deakin Day and for CPD throughout the year will continue throughout 2015 and beyond

The Honourable Justice Croft again opened our legal year on Monday 12 January 2015.  The The Parish of Christ Church Anglican Geelong on the corner of Moorabool and McKillop Streets in Geelong held the Service followed by the Ceremonial Opening at the Magistrates' Court of Victoria at Geelong.  As usual a morning tea followed in the Jury Pool Room.  The Reverend Russell Trickey prepared a fitting service and ensured that a number of clergy from different denominations were present.  The association made a donation to Reverend Trickey in thanks for his support and to assist his church in the valuable work they do in our community.

The Honourable Justice Osborne of the Court of Appeal represented the Chief Justice and His Honour Judge Mullaly was also in attendance.  Chief Magistrate Lauritsen also attended along with local members of Parliament.

Thank you to all who attended and make it a very special event.

A big thank you must go to Helen Buchan for organising our annual dinner.  This year we had 105 in attendance for what was a great night.

Katie Miller, the incoming President of the Law Institute of Victoria was present at our dinner and as a supporter of country and suburban Law Associations.  Katie is particularly impressed by the vibrancy of the Law Association and its members in Geelong.

A big thank you must also go to Foley's who provided a donation to our Law Association which assists in meeting the cost of the dinner and enable us to provide discounted ticket prices to our members.

An email will be forwarded shortly to all our family lawyers who are members of the Association.  It is proposed that a CPD lunch will be facilitated by Step by Step for Separated Families to discuss family therapeutic counselling services.

Please save the date for our AGM which will be free of charge to all members. The AGM will be held on Friday 27 March 2015 at Empire Grill and Father Dillon will be our guest speaker.

Kind regards
Anne O'Loughlin
GLA President