KCLS – ANU CIVIL LAW AND CIVIL JUSTICE INITIATIVE*
Kimberley Community Legal Services Inc. – Kununurra and Broome, WA
GDLP legal practice experience: Min 60 days
Intensity: Full time preferred but negotiable
LPE placements in 2017: Start dates negotiable e.g: Kununurra – start: Jan; Apr; Jul; Sept; Nov; Broome – start: Feb; May; Aug; Oct.
Financial assistance: Placement is unpaid but see: ANU Legal Workshop RRR Financial Support and KCLS will try to assist in-kind (e.g. low cost accommodation options).
Ideal candidate: You will be committed to social justice including the human rights of Indigenous people. You will be reflective and self-critical in your perspectives and actions. Desirable, but not essential: some experience in remote Australia and a current driver’s licence.
Please express interest by emailing your academic transcript, CV and contacts for 2 referees to Judy Harrison (contacts below). Outline why you are applying, your preferred start dates and length of placement.
About KCLS: KCLS is a free, non-profit, community legal service with offices in Kununurra and Broome. Aboriginal people make up over 95% of KCLS clients. KCLS concentrates on current day and historical civil law justice issues. Areas of law include: administrative law; breach of duty; consumer law; contracts; discrimination; employment; family law; child protection; human rights; personal injuries; reparations; social security; superannuation; tenancy; wills and estates. Many clients have multiple, interlinking legal problems involving social, economic and structural disadvantage.
KCLS aims to help advance the rights of disadvantaged individuals and groups to address injustice in their lives. KCLS provides legal information and legal advice, and undertakes litigious and non-litigious legal casework encompassing transactional, public interest and test case work. Distinctive aspects of KCLS’s approach include the pivotal work of community para-legals, collaborative lawyering, narrative advocacy, and reflective practice. KCLS also works with clients, community groups and many others on community legal education and law reform.
The Kimberley is twice the size of Victoria. All legal services in the Kimberley are grossly under-resourced compared to the nature and extent of the legal needs and distances involved. KCLS welcomes innovative ideas to help address needs.
Your legal practice experience with KCLS: As a GDLP student, your KCLS legal practice experience will involve direct client contact on a wide range of matters, legal file work, legal practice tasks and assisting on outreach. You will be supervised, supported, and have the opportunity to learn with some of the best and most innovative community based lawyers and legal workers in Australia. You will be challenged on your perspectives and reflect upon your impacts.
KCLS can also help with research topics for further study and pro bono opportunities.
You can read more about KCLS at: http://www.kcls.org.au
To discuss or express interest please contact:
Judy Harrison, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law
Mob: 0417212306 Skype: judy2695
* Multi-stream, KCLS-ANU initiative starting in 2017 regarding unmet civil law legal needs