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Black hearts or green cause? Vic Bar questions barristers

Lawyers' good nature and eagerness to do well by others is being appealed to as the Bar launches a new good cause legal panel.

LAWYERS’ good nature and eagerness to do well by others is being appealed to as the Bar launches a new good cause legal panel.

Barristers are being given the chance to prove their hearts are not made of stone as the Victorian Bar launches a new special-interest panel focussing on climate change and environmental matters.

It is turning to barristers to do pro bono work or at least reduce their rates and take on matters in this area.

The new panel will harness the interest and expertise of barristers working in climate change and environment, the Bar said today, as well as monitor and contribute to law reform associate with the impacts of climate change.

“As the community grapples with proposed legislation that will manage environmental issues and climate change impacts, the Bar wants to ensure that barristers with expertise in these areas are accessible and available,” said Victorian Bar Chairman, Michael Colbran QC.

“Barristers with expertise and interest in these areas are called on to become involved in the work of the panel and help the Bar take on this most important issue.”

The panel will keep the Bar’s membership up-to-date about changes to the law and issues related to climate change and environment, including through continuing professional development. It will also identify and promote ways the Bar itself can become greener.

The Climate Change and Environment Panel will be launched on 16 March by His Honour Kevin Bell, a Supreme Court Judge and the head of VCAT.


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