The launch of the inaugural Future Leaders Committee (FLC) election has exceeded all expectations, with an astonishing 68 nominations from our members.
President Luke Murphy says the QLS Council could not be happier with the overwhelming response to this initiative.
“This is a very exciting time and we are delighted by the significant level of interest, capability and the diversity of all the candidates,” Mr Murphy said.
“This committee has the full support of the QLS Council and we are looking forward to working closely with the elected committee members.”
Nearly 40% of practising certificate holders in Queensland are either 35 years or younger, or have less than five years’ post-admission experience (PAE). President Murphy says this emerging generation have a wealth of knowledge to offer the profession.
“The FLC is the only QLS policy committee elected by members,” he said. “It will serve a very important function in supporting and representing the future leaders’ cohort.
“These lawyers have different needs, perspectives and expectations to other cohorts in our profession. Their voices are important for the future of the legal profession and QLS is proud to provide this new platform for them to advocate more effectively.”
The committee will be democratically elected from the nominees. The selected candidates will advocate on behalf of their peers for two years, beginning on 1 January 2021.
The committee’s responsibilities will include a variety of roles, including proposing a two-year strategic plan for the Society to support the future leaders cohort.
Members will work closely with other QLS policy committees and QLS Council to advance the cohort, as well as raising awareness on issues specifically affecting this generation of practitioners.
In another QLS first, each candidate has the opportunity to submit a personal campaign video to accompany their profile before voting opens next week, Friday 9 October 2020.
View the nominee profiles.