The Law Society has established a range of special interest committees made up of volunteers with relevant subject matter expertise and experience. Committees support the Law Society’s work in relation to policy, law reform, and education of the profession and the community, and they also provide an opportunity for members to engage and share information with other practitioners.
The Law Society also operates a committee specifically targeting the segment of members that are new to the profession. The Young Lawyers Committee provides early career lawyers with an avenue for networking and connection, and the opportunity to contribute to the Society’s work, with a particular focus on support for early career lawyers and the future of the profession.
In addition, the Society has established a regulatory committee, the Professional Standards Committee, which has delegated authority from the Council of the Law Society to perform certain functions under the Legal Profession Act 2006 in relation to complaints about legal practitioners.
At times, the Society also appoints working groups to consider policy issues or projects that do not require the establishment of an ongoing committee.
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Special interest committees
Questions about committees
Special Interest Committees generally meet between 5 and 10 times per year, and the Young Lawyers Committee meets monthly. The Professional Standards Committee meets on a fortnightly basis, with committee members often having additional responsibilities between meetings. Each committee is attended and supported by a Law Society staff member, who provides both secretarial support and assists the committee to contribute to the Society’s advocacy and educational efforts by undertaking research, preparing draft submissions and information resources, and providing a liaison point with other Law Society staff.
The Law Society accepts expressions of interest from members interested in joining a Special Interest Committee for a two-year term of appointment.
The Law Society is now accepting expressions of interest from members interested in joining a Special Interest Committee for a two-year term of appointment from 1 January 2022. Applications for the next round of appointments close on Friday 19 November 2021.
The Young Lawyers Committee operates under its own Committee Charter, and members are appointed for a one-year term.
The Young Lawyers Committee is not currently taking applications for membership.
The Professional Standards Committee operates under its own Committee Charter, meets every fortnight, and members have important regulatory responsibilities delegated by the Law Society Council.
The Law Society is now accepting expressions of interest from members interested in joining the Professional Standards Committee for a two-year term of appointment from 1 January 2022. Applications for this round of appointments close on Friday 19 November 2021.
Members interested in establishing a special interest committee in an area of practice not already covered should contact the Society in the first instance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.