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.