19 March 2014 – Volume 52


Celebrating Cultural Diversity Week 

This Cultural Diversity Week, our Director Civil Justice, Access and Equity Dan Nicholson gives a snapshot of how we are working to address the barriers that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can encounter when they have legal problems. 
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New collaboration to benefit victims of family violence 

The shared focus of Victoria Legal Aid and inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence will benefit both organisations and their vulnerable clients, with staff training and warm referrals for women who have experienced family violence.
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Opening doors: a Vietnamese family violence victim gets the help she needs 

Knowing where to turn for help with a family violence problem can be bewildering for people from different cultural backgrounds, but recent work in strengthening our referral processes meant we could respond quickly in a crisis situation for a Vietnamese family.
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Lending expertise to a forum on the African Australian experience of family law 

Westernport regional managing lawyer Elissa Scott is taking part in a panel discussion on the experience of African migrants in Australia – the challenges they face in understanding family law, accessing legal help and adjusting to a different culture.
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Applications for our New Lawyers Program open shortly

Applications for our New Lawyers Program will open this Friday and close at midnight on Wednesday 16 April.
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VLA people

Giving a voice to people from CALD backgrounds 

Senior Legal Help lawyer Ali Yildiz's Turkish background has proved useful in assisting our CALD clients. Find out more.

Panel practitioner updates

Review of Victoria Legal Aid family law services

Preliminary planning and discussions with stakeholders about our review of family legal aid services have been underway in recent months. The review is expected to start in the second half of 2014. Read more.

Delivering High Quality Criminal Trials consultation

Submissions received in response to our Delivering High Quality Criminal Trials consultation paper have been published on our website.

To view the submissions see Delivering high quality criminal trials: consultation paper and submissions.

Support for panel practitioners undertaking specialist accreditation

Victoria Legal Aid is offering support to private panel practitioners who are undertaking Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialisation in the areas of Criminal Law and Children's Law through: 
  • study groups, providing an opportunity for practitioners to collaborate and share their knowledge, experience and resources
  • professional legal education sessions and study intensives.

Read more about how we are supporting accredited specialisation.

Community events

Cultural Diversity Week – 15 to 23 March

Cultural Diversity Week is an opportunity for Victorians to come together to share aspects of their culture, faith and language, and celebrate the benefits multiculturalism brings to our state.

Read more at Cultural Diversity Week 2014.

Victorian Family Law Pathways Network Forum: the African Australian community within family law – access and equality, 20 March

This forum will explore the challenges African migrants in Australia experience including understanding Australian laws, accessing legal help, and adjusting to a different culture. The featured speaker is Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar, followed by a panel discussion. The forum will take place on Thursday 20 March between 3 pm to 5 pm in the Registry Conference Room, Dandenong Family Court, 53-55 Robinson Street, Dandenong. Places are limited.

Please RSVP to Liese Savage at vicpathwaysmelb@ccam.org.au or 0457 127 554.

Read more at Family Law Pathways Network Forum.

National Youth Week – 4 to 13 April

National Youth Week provides a wonderful opportunity for local communities to acknowledge the contributions of young people, listen to their views and support them to organise events that showcase their talent, creativity and energy.

Read more at National Youth Week 2014.

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law conference – 25 July

Held by the Castan Centre, this conference will discuss current human rights issues locally and internationally.

Read more at Castan Centre Human Rights Law conference..

Principal lawyer position – Gippsland Community Legal Centre

The Gippsland Community Legal Centre is seeking a principal lawyer for a 12 month position in Morwell.

Applications close Friday 28 March and for more information go to Anglicare Victoria.

Help Cards

A new suite of help cards and posters promoting our Legal Help service and 1300 number is now available in 25 languages, including those of newly arrived communities such as Farsi, Dinka and Dari.

Get help in your own language

Find out how you can speak to someone in your language or read information about our services in your language.

Learn about the Indigenous Legal Needs Project

Learn about the Indigenous Legal Needs Project and how it is collecting information about the civil and family law needs of Indigenous people around the country.

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