Large turnout to Legal Laneway Breakfast welcomes the legal year

Large turnout to Legal Laneway Breakfast welcomes the legal year

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

A large legal-sector crowd attended the 17th Victoria Law Foundation’s Legal Laneway Breakfast this morning, which celebrated the start of the legal year.

The event attracted more than 500 guests and the raffle raised $2,055 for The Torch Project.

Attorney-General Jill Hennessy spoke about the great work of the legal profession in response to the bushfires, and the preventative work done prior to the bushfire season, such as ensuring people in bushfire prone areas carried appropriate insurance.

The attorney-general also touched on the importance of the non-legal supports that are vital to helping our clients live full and dignified lives. She acknowledged that not everyone can access the legal assistance they need, when they need it, and that to ensure the humanity of our society, we need to address serious issues including housing and poverty.

Attendees at the 2020 Legal Laneway Breakfast
Attendees at the 2020 Legal Laneway Breakfast

Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director Lynne Haultain reflected on the first year of the Foundation’s new research function, highlighting their first report, ‘Law: what is it good for?’ She also reminded the crowd of Law Week in May, and that the Foundation’s grants will particularly focus on bushfire-affected areas, and legal activities to support those communities.

Victoria Legal Services Board CEO and Victoria Legal Services Commissioner, Fiona McLeay also provided an update on the sexual harassment survey her organisation commenced last year, and which is due to be released as a report next month.

Finally, while Fiona helped draw the raffle which produced two winners from her organisation, all were assured that no impropriety had occurred!

See you at next year’s breakfast.

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