10 June 2015 – Volume 82


Victoria Legal Aid taskforce submission reveals community impacts of ice use

Our lawyers have given unique first-hand accounts of working with ice-affected clients to detail the devastating toll the drug has on the community, in a submission to the National Ice Taskforce. Read more.

When the law says you don't need to ask why: how a cancer patient ended up in prison

Lawyers moved to have an ill man released from prison after learning he had been picked up on an imprisonment in lieu order for missing a fines payment. Read more.

County Court initiatives bring cases to the front of the line quicker

New approaches by the County Court are producing great results in reducing wait times for cases on the list. Read more.

People doing legal aid work

Independent Mental Health Advocacy program manager comes on board

She has worked in a number of agencies across the health sector, and Independent Mental Health Advocacy Program Manager Helen Makregiorgos is continuing her service to the cause at Victoria Legal Aid. Read more.

Community news and notices

Employment opportunities at Legal Aid New South Wales

Legal Aid New South Wales is offering a range of employment opportunities for solicitors with different levels of experience and backgrounds, who have a passion in Family Law and/or Care and Protection. Read more at Legal Aid New South Wales and for more information contact Dina Lioumis at Legal Aid New South Wales on (02) 9219 5652.

NAIDOC Week – 5 to 12 July

NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society. Read more at NAIDOC Week.

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.

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities (ADRIC) – 27 and 28 July

ADRIC 2015 provides a unique opportunity for those working in the legal, government and not-for-profit sectors to discover the latest thinking in mediation practice from leading practitioners working in a variety of Indigenous fields. Read more at Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities.

2015 Premier's Sustainability Awards – 29 October

The Premier's Sustainability Awards recognise and reward Victorians that are leading the way to a sustainable future. This year's awards feature a new Environmental Justice Award that acknowledges demonstrated leadership to support the fair treatment of traditionally vulnerable, disadvantaged or disengaged members of the community. Entries close Monday 13 July. Read more at Premier's Sustainability Awards.

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