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President's Message – December 2009

On behalf of NSW Young Lawyers, I wish all our members a happy and safe break and a great start to the New Year. 2009 has proved to be an unusual and hard year for young lawyers, the legal profession more generally and, of course, the rest of the community.

Having said that, this year has been full of success for our Committees and I would like to congratulate the hundreds of members who actively partake in our activities.

We are excited about working towards achieving the ambitious plans we have set for ourselves in the New Year to make Young Lawyers more effective and inclusive. This is the change that our members, Chairs and members of our Council have called for and want to see achieved. Only through step-by-step changes to the way we operate, both in terms of the work of our volunteers as well as the work of our staff, can we realise the potential of this organisation to serve its members, the profession and the community.

Already the Council has begun planning to increase the involvement of student members in our Committees. For law students, involvement in Young Lawyers means having ready access to young practitioners, who can provide first-hand experience of working in the legal profession and guidance about the advantages of working in different areas of practice. For Young Lawyers, the engagement of law students means the availability of a large pool enthusiastic members to become involved in our many interesting and fulfilling projects.

As we welcome a period of rest and holidays, I invite you to take a new look at the great work of our Committees and think about getting more involved. Active membership gives you the opportunity to effect policy change, to serve the community and the profession.

If you have any suggestions about how we can improve our organisation, please contact me at President@younglawyers.com.au

Pouyan Afshar
President
NSW Young Lawyers

 

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