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Solicitor

Street Law Centre WA Inc.

STREET LAW CENTRE WA Inc

Street Law is a specialised community legal centre that provides information, legal advice and ongoing representation services to those experiencing and those at risk of homelessness. Street Law is the only community legal centre in WA that exclusively delivers outreach legal services to its client group at various community service agencies.

Role Purpose and Responsibility

The Solicitor will be required to attend and deliver legal services at Street Law’s Midland legal outreach clinic co-located with a leading community service provider in the Midland area of Perth. This will allow individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness to have access to much needed legal services in the Midland area. The Solicitor will deliver legal advice, undertake casework and where necessary, court representation.

In addition, the Solicitor will be expected to identify community legal education needs, contribute to the development of legal resources, and deliver community legal education:

  1. directly to the client group; and
  2. to community service workers that work with the client group.

Duty Statement

  • Deliver holistic, trauma informed legal services in collaboration with Indigo Junction, at the Karnany Resource Centre in Midland and other locations in the Midland area
  • Ongoing requirement to develop knowledge of the services and programs delivered by Indigo Junction and identify other relevant services in the Midland area to ensure effective holistic service delivery and appropriate referrals are achieved
  • Attend the Midland legal outreach clinic to provide legal advice and undertake ongoing casework to eligible clients in key legal areas at a highly developed level and where necessary provide court representation at the Midland Magistrates Court. The key legal areas include but are not limited to:
    • Fines and infringements
    • Criminal/Traffic (Magistrates Court)
    • Discrimination
    • Debt
    • Criminal Injuries Compensation (including recovery orders)
    • ID documents
    • Family Violence Restraining Orders (applicants and respondents)
  • In conjunction with staff, management, and the Solicitor/CLE Co-ordinator develop, distribute and deliver legal resources, training and education in a variety of formats to Street Law’s client group, community legal centres (CLCs), other not-for-profit organisations and to partner organisations.
  • Assist with the supervision of pro bono secondees and volunteer law students.
  • Assist with the preparation of training materials and delivery of inductions for volunteer lawyers, law students and other staff under the direction of the Principal Solicitor.
  • Contribute to law reform research, submissions, inquiries, reports and/or public forums that may be relevant to Street Law.
  • Undertake appropriate professional development opportunities to maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills required to fulfil all aspects of the position.
  • Report to the Supervising Solicitor/Principal Solicitor on a regular basis and contribute to written reports for the Management Committee and funding bodies when required.
  • Comply with all Street Law policies and procedures.
  • Undertake own administrative duties, including word processing and photocopying of all documentation and correspondence and maintain the Street Law database.
  • Generally, work unsupervised on allocated matters.
  • When required, travel to areas within and outside of the Perth metropolitan area to deliver resources and training.
  • Undertake appropriate professional development opportunities to maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills required to fulfil all aspects of the position.
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment with minimal supervision and contribute to team goals.
  • Carry out other duties, as consistent with the role, as directed by the Principal Solicitor or the Management Committee.

A position description is attached.

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date. As such, please submit your application as soon as possible.

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