In 2001 a group of lawyers in Melbourne held a series of meetings to
discuss the establishment of an association of Catholic legal professionals.
Unlike the position in New South Wales, there
had been no Association or Group for Catholic Lawyers in Melbourne since the 1950's. Approval was
obtained from the Archdiocese, and in late 2001 the "Melbourne Catholic Lawyers
Association" was formed. The Patron Saint of the Association is Saint Ives.
Essentially, we decided to create an association with a
number of aims. The first was to strengthen and develop the faith of all
involved, whether practising Catholics or 'just visiting.' Secondly, the
association would provide a forum for lawyers to meet and discuss work, ethical
and legal issues. Finally, the association would create a network of
like-minded professionals for Catholics in the legal field.
We, the Melbourne Catholic Lawyers' Association, strive to serve God
through our jobs and lives as legal professionals. We strive to build
up the Church through our fidelity and witness. We strive to strengthen
our society through our professional integrity, commitment to justice,
community service and advocacy of the Gospel message. We commit
ourselves to lives of faith, hope and love in the service of God and