Law School hosts Community Leadership Forum

August 11 / 67

Lisa Caripis, Nyadol Nyouon, Hugh de Kretser and Erin Buckley at the Dean's Community Leadership Forum
Lisa Caripis, Nyadol Nyouon, Hugh de Kretser and Erin Buckley at the Dean's Community Leadership Forum

Melbourne Law School has hosted its first Dean’s Community Leadership Forum, which saw 20 students meet community leaders and learn about the challenges leadership presents.

The forum focussed on learning about and developing specific leadership skills.

The students, selected through an application process, were welcomed by Law Dean Professor Carolyn Evans. She said the forum was an important new development for the law school.

“We take our role in producing future leaders very seriously,” she said. 

“We have so many extraordinary students doing extraordinary things, who are working in leadership roles in volunteer organisations.

“Already many students are showing great leadership and great capacity to undertake important work both within and outside the law school. Community leadership, refugee advocacy, environmental causes, from the Arts to human rights, many of them are trying to make this city and this country a better place to live.”

Mr Hugh de Kretser, CEO of Federation of Community Legal Centres and Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, Mr Peter Winneke, Head of Philanthropic Services at the Myer Family Company, Ms Kelly O’Shanassy, CEO of Environment Victoria and Ms Vicki Fraser, Executive Empowerment made presentations and lead group discussions. 

They spoke on topics as diverse as how to enhance advocacy and law reform strategies, philanthropy and donor relationships, creating strategic partnerships, grassroots campaigning and new media. 

 

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