27 May 2015 – Volume 81


A force to be reckoned with: meet Antoinette Braybrook, CEO

The winner of the 2015 Law Institute of Victoria Access to Justice, Pro Bono Award tells us why helping Aboriginal women access legal help is 'very personal' for her. Read more.

Victoria Legal Aid launches Reconciliation Action Plan

Victoria Legal Aid's Reconciliation Action Plan will help improve access to legal aid services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Read more.

Big collaboration to learn about the law

A recently launched education toolkit will help school teachers at special schools educate their students about the rules and responsibilities associated with driving and fines. Read more.

Victoria Legal Aid people

Skye Rose named Government Lawyer of the Year

Equality Law Program senior lawyer, Skye Rose, was named Government Lawyer of the Year at the recent Law Institute of Victoria Awards. Read more.

Victoria Legal Aid Board welcomes new member

Victoria Legal Aid welcomes the appointment of new Board Director Jennifer Kanis, who has extensive legal, government and community experience, and who replaces Virginia Rogers whose term expired on 1 May. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Calendar of multidisciplinary training in child protection announced

Victoria Legal Aid staff and practitioners working across the Children's Court can now plan their professional development for the year, with the release of a calendar of opportunities for all professionals working in child protection. Read more.

Vacancies at Victoria Legal Aid

Vacancy for Program Manager, Indictable Crime

An opportunity is available to lead Victoria Legal Aid's indictable crime and sexual offences practice, ensuring the successful integration of the teams and the ongoing success of the program.

You will combine your substantial knowledge and experience in indictable crime, including sexual offence matters, with a thorough understanding of current trends, issues and challenges impacting the justice system and the needs of vulnerable clients.

For more information contact Director Criminal Law Helen Fatouros on (03) 9269 0580 or see our jobs board. Applications close Friday 29 May.

Community news and notices

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to engage and collaborate with Aboriginal communities in your local area and build respectful relationships. Read more at National Reconciliation Week.

Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria New and Emerging Communities Forum – 4 June

The forum's theme is Leading the way: communities working together and will explore how people from new and emerging communities can use advocacy and lobbying tools to improve their settlement experiences. Read more at Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria New and Emerging Communities Forum.

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 24 July

This year's conference will feature Chief Executive Officer of Domestic Violence Victoria Fiona McCormack, Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia Helen Szoke and Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference.

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