- Job posted on: 17th Nov 2021
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Women’s Legal Service Victoria relies upon an exception under the Equal Opportunity Act to employ women only.
The Senior Lawyer sits within the Legal and Policy teams of WLSV and provides high quality legal advice and representation to women experiencing disadvantage.
The Senior Lawyer will conduct family law (property and parenting) and/or child protection matters for women experiencing family violence and disadvantage which will include litigation, appearances in court (other than trials), mediation and family dispute resolution in the areas.
The Senior Lawyer role will also provide mentoring, support and guidance to other lawyers within the team and some managerial support to the Managing Lawyer.
Due to the complexity of the legal issues disadvantaged women experience, the Senior Lawyer will work collaboratively with all WLSV family lawyers, child protection lawyers, policy managers, social workers and financial counsellors as part of a wraparound casework, integrated model of service.
This is a full time or part time (minimum 4 days) position, fixed term for 12 months – with a possibility of extension.
Our Legal and Policy teams comprise lawyers, policy managers, social workers, financial counsellors and administrators. We provide legal advice and ongoing representation, together with wraparound supports, to women experiencing significant disadvantage in the areas of family law, family violence, child protection and victims of crime assistance. Our direct client work informs our cross-jurisdictional policy and law reform work.
You are a driven, motivated self-starter who has the ability to work autonomously to deliver results that exceed the client's expectations. You have high attention to detail, strong communication skills and the ability to build rapport with people quickly.
Key to your success is your:
The following qualifications and experience is required for the position:
WLSV is a highly respected not for profit organisation which has been providing free legal services to women since 1982. We work with, and for women experiencing particular disadvantage to address legal issues arising from relationship breakdown or violence. We use our experience to inform our policy, law reform and education work.
WLSV provides legal services within a multi-disciplinary and trauma-informed practice in family law, family violence and child protection.
Our model incorporates social work and financial counselling to provide wrap-around support to the most vulnerable and at-risk clients.
We are passionate, collaborative and solution-focused. We are committed to our mission to build a gender equitable country. We work alongside women experiencing disadvantage, to promote their rights to live free from violence, and make informed choices about their relationships.
We work in a way that is woman-focussed, engaging and supporting the whole person and appreciating the complexity of her situation.
It is through a feminist lens that we deliver high quality services to our clients and support each other as colleagues.
We offer our staff:
WLSV is committed to equal opportunity and diversity and promotes an organisational environment where individuals are treated with fairness, respect, equality and dignity. To deliver the best outcomes for our clients we want a staff team that reflects the diverse community that we serve, recognising the skills, knowledge and experience a diverse staff group brings to our organisation.
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