12 April 2017 – Volume 124


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Need for unique responses for adolescent family violence

Elicia Savvas and Anoushka Jeronimus are two of our accredited specialist senior lawyers. In this month’s Law Institute Journal they say that adolescent family violence needs a unique legal and support service response.

Read more about why this unique approach is required.

'An abject failure' – we give evidence on Centrelink's robo-debt scheme to Senate inquiry

Our Managing Director Bevan Warner recently gave evidence to the Senate inquiry into Centrelink's automated data-matching systems. Bevan stated that the system was flawed and unlawful and called for it to be abandoned.

Read more about our submission to the inquiry.

Clarifying the role of legal aid

Managing Director Bevan Warner recently spoke to Tom Elliott on 3AW about criticism of our work by the Herald Sun.

Listen to the interview and how we supported 90,000 clients last year

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All readers who complete our short survey by Friday 28 April will go into the draw for two Hoyts cinema tickets, so please get your survey responses in promptly.

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People doing legal aid work

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Delivering access to justice at the coalface of disadvantage

Lawyer Michael Haralambous talks about the challenges and rewards of being a lawyer in our Dandenong office.

Read more about how he and his clients have benefited from our New Lawyers Program.

Panel practitioner updates

New family law guidelines to become operational shortly

Simpler, clearer family law guidelines come into effect on 3 July.

Read more about the new guidelines.

Register for the Overview of the fines review lecture

The Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic) establishes a new fines recovery model for the collection and enforcement of court fines and infringements in Victoria.

Damian Stock from Victoria Legal Aid and Erin Anderson from the Department of Justice and Regulation will provide a lecture overview of the key areas of reform and the implementation timeframes.

For more information and to register for the lecture, see Overview of the fines review.

Community news and notices

Rohingya: Refugee crisis in colour – 5 April to 26 May

Rohingya: Refugee crisis in colour is a photography exhibition highlighting the challenges facing the Rohinga people in Western Myanamar including genocide and ongoing persecution. The portraits capture the strength and resilience of the people despite their adverse living conditions.

Privacy Awareness Week – 8 to 12 May

Held from 8 to 12 May, Privacy Awareness Week promotes awareness of privacy issues and the importance of the protection of personal information. It also encourages individuals and the community to think about how to protect privacy in their everyday lives.

Law Week – 15 to 21 May

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

13th Victorian Legal Awards – 19 May

The Victorian Legal Awards (previously the Law Institute of Victoria Awards), are dedicated to recognising the excellence and outstanding contributions of legal professionals in the state. Finalists and winners will be acknowledged on the night which brings together members of the judiciary and leading lawyers for a night of celebration.

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May – 3 June and these dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. Come and join in events and be a part of the next big steps in our nation's reconciliation journey.

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 21 July

The annual Castan Centre conference is the leading human rights conference in Australia, providing a vital health check on the state of human rights in Australia and overseas.

Sign up now for an early bird registration rate at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference.

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