15 March 2017 – Volume 122


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Privacy, information sharing and a collaborative approach

The Royal Commission into Family Violence outlined a number of changes and areas of improvement that affect Victoria Legal Aid.

Read more about Associate Director Family Violence Response Leanne Sinclair's reflections on how working collaboratively with other sector partners, including Domestic Violence Victoria and Women's Legal Service Victoria, will help realise the safety for victims that the Royal Commission hoped to achieve.

Interested in making an impact in The Mallee?

Our health justice partnership with Sunraysia Community Health Services is an opportunity to have a significant impact on unmet legal need, and to influence our approach to legal service delivery.

Manager of Mallee Legal Impact Heidi Deason has had a steep learning curve since moving to Mildura in December and is now looking for two senior lawyers to join her.

Learn more about how you can be a part of this great opportunity.

New graduate program to help break down barriers

Our new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Law Program will offer stable pay, practical legal training and a real working environment where graduates can gain an understanding of what working as a lawyer will be like.

Read more about the benefits of the new program.

Vale Chris Traill

Christopher Traill of CD Traill Lawyers passed away unexpectedly on 25 February.

Mr Traill, 55, was a well-respected criminal lawyer. As a longstanding member of Victoria Legal Aid's Section 29A Indictable Crime and Summary Crime Panels, he made a significant contribution delivering legal assistance to disadvantaged Victorians over many years.

Victoria Legal Aid would like to pass on our condolences and deepest sympathy to Mr Traill's family. He will be missed by the team at Victoria Legal Aid.

Many of you may be upset by Mr Traill’s death. For support, please contact the Law Institute of Victoria's 24-hour wellbeing member services on 1300 664 744.

People doing legal aid work

Fatima Arjumand Mir

Making a difference on the justice frontline

Our Ringwood Criminal Lawyer Fatima Arjumand Mir elaborates on how her work is making a real and positive impact on vulnerable people's lives.

Read more about how she has benefited from our New Lawyers Program.

Panel practitioner updates

Working together to support good advocacy

Our Family Law Legal Aid Services Review is looking to find new ways to work together with our service delivery partners and clients.

Learn more about how we are consulting with barristers and practitioners from March to May to identify service gaps and tailor a personalised approach.

Family law practitioner newsletter now out

The latest edition of our family law practitioner newsletter is now out and provides useful information to support our partnership with all practitioners doing legally aided family law work.

Read the latest edition.

Community news and notices

Cultural Diversity Week

Held from 18 to 26 March, Cultural Diversity Week is an opportunity for all Victorians to come together and share their culture, faith and language. Join in the many events that celebrate our diversity and the benefits that multiculturalism brings to our state.

Law Week

Held from 15 to 21 May, Law Week 2017 is an annual festival of events which makes learning about the law easy. Find answers to everyday legal issues, go behind the scenes at the courts or simply get carried away in the drama of the law.

Vacancy for Project and Community Development worker

Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre is seeking a Project and Community Development Worker to work alongside a designated lawyer and in collaboration with the community to deliver the 'Tipping the Scales' Project.

Read more about the Project and Community Development Worker role.

Applications for Victoria Law Foundation small grants now open

The Victoria Law Foundation is offering small grants for organisations who have an idea for a low-cost, high-impact legal project, or who need money to scope a larger project.

You can apply at any time – there are no closing dates for small grants – and applications are usually assessed within two weeks.

Read more at Small grants.

Free promotion for community legal events

Want to make sure your legal event for the community gets noticed? Let Everyday-Law know. They will list it on their events page and share it across social media for you.

Email Everyday-Law at contact@everyday-law.org.au or call (03) 9604 8166. Everyday-Law is a free, legal information website produced by Victoria Law Foundation.

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