Ever fancied working for LawNews?

When one door closes, another one opens, so the saying goes.

Lisa Clark

Or, in this case, as I pass through this particular door, it may be open to someone else.

What I am trying to say is that, after five wonderful years as Editor of LawNews here at ADLS, I will be moving on at the end of this year to step into new opportunities. Initially, this will mean taking a well-deserved break over the summer and, after that, establishing myself as a freelance writer.

It has been a very difficult decision to move on from this role (to leave behind the publication that has effectively become my third child!) – and one which I have not made lightly. But it means that the role of LawNews Editor will be open for a new person to take on the challenge of putting together New Zealand’s foremost weekly source of legal information and news.

Although I am generally more comfortable behind my pen – rather than featuring front and centre within these pages – I wanted to take the opportunity to publicly thank everyone in the profession who has supported me during my tenure here.

I have been grateful for all of the intelligent, insightful – and sometimes polemic – contributions you have submitted, and have also valued the feedback and letters you have taken the time to send. I have particularly enjoyed getting to know those of you whom I have had the privilege of interviewing over the years. And I will especially miss my amazing colleagues here at ADLS. It has truly been a wonderful environment in which to work.

On that note, if you are considering a change from the grind of daily legal practice – and if you have experience in journalism, writing/editing, interviewing, and generally getting your head around a new set of legal issues each week – then may I encourage you to consider a slight career divergence?

I can highly recommend the role of LawNews Editor as one which opens you up to engaging with an amazing network of legal practitioners and a wide range of practice areas, while providing constant mental stimulation. It also resembles the mystical unicorn in only requiring part-time hours in the office, making it ideal for someone who actually wants a work-life balance, rather than simply dreaming of one.

Although I will be staying on for several weeks yet, I take this chance to wish you all a fond farewell in my present guise, and to express my sincere hope that many of us will remain in touch.

With best wishes

Lisa Clark Editor – LawNews

Anyone interested in finding out more about the role of LawNews Editor can contact ADLS CEO Sue Keppel in complete confidence at sue.keppel@adls.org.nz. A background in both law and legal publishing/editing/journalism is required for this role. 

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