find the latest legal job
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Arncliffe NSW 2205
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
4+ PAE Commercial Lawyer - Contract Role (Maternity cover)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· 4+ years PAE · End-to-end deal carriage
View details
Partners and Senior Specialist Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Australia
· Earn 70% of billings and fixed referral incentives · Full practice flexibility & freedom
View details
Chief Justice praises young lawyers’ altruism

Chief Justice praises young lawyers’ altruism

IN AN inspiring speech to the younger-end of the legal profession, the Chief Justice of Queensland has asked that they not let the pressure of practice erode the enthusiasm and altruism they…

IN AN inspiring speech to the younger-end of the legal profession, the Chief Justice of Queensland has asked that they not let the pressure of practice erode the enthusiasm and altruism they currently exhibit.

Speaking at Clayton Utz’s office in Eagle Street, Brisbane, at the Queensland Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono Information evening, Chief Justice Paul de Jersey AC said generation Y was invigorating attitudes that overrule those widely held by the profession.

This includes a re-think of working through the night when a big case comes around, being seen not taking lunch breaks, and believing that not being made associate partner is the kiss of death to professional fulfilment.

He told the young lawyers that in encouraging such change they were “positive agents” and that the change they are promoting is “plainly very beneficial”.

Chief Justice de Jersey said that juniors in larger firms have embraced pro bono work. This comes, he said, despite many large firms’ exposure of young practitioners to the prospect of burnout. He said this eagerness may come as pro bono work can be more diverse, because there is no need for timesheets, and for the chance to meet real people, “rather than forever review endless swathes of documentation”.

See what tactics firms use to implement pro bono in the News Review on page 14.

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Chief Justice praises young lawyers’ altruism
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Warning
06:04
Lawyer highlights ‘unintended consequences’ on SSM estate planning
A succession lawyer has warned that the right for same-sex couples to legally marry could have a sub...
drug rehabilitation services available in rural and remote communities
06:02
ALS survey shines spotlight on insufficient rehabilitation services
A new survey posted by the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) has revealed an alarming insight into ...
Scales of Justice
Jan 17 2018
Lawyers lash out over latest Dutton attack
A number of legal bodies have condemned federal home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s latest commen...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...