28 Mar 2012

Eight trainees have joined the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) as part of its 2012 Traineeship programme. As in previous years, the programme attracted candidates of an extremely high calibre. Read their full story here.

The 2012 VGSO Trainee Lawyers

Pictured from L to R: Dr Rosemary Robins, Oscar Bear, Nahal Zebarjadi, Maya Narayan, Hollie Kerwin, Nerita Waight, Amy Galeotti, and Rose Singleton were recruited after a lengthy and hotly-contested selection process. The trainee lawyers will spend the next 12 months on rotations through the VGSO's Government & Public Law, Workplace Relations & Regulatory Compliance, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Police, and Commercial, Property & Technology Branches before admission as lawyers in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

In a new partnership with Tarwirri, the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria, the VGSO has committed to offering Indigenous law graduates at least one position every two years. Nerita Waight, who holds an Arts-Law degree from the University of Melbourne and comes to the VGSO from a cadetship at the Australian Taxation Office, is the VGSO's first Indigenous trainee to be recruited through this program.

Says Victorian Government Solicitor, Peter Stewart: "Our traineeships are an investment in the future and these highly qualified and motivated graduates have all expressed a passion for public law and a desire to work in government. I am also gratified that 2012 marks the start of our Indigenous traineeship programme, which contributes to the Department of Justice's Koori Employment Strategy, to increase Indigenous participation in the Victorian public sector."