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25 May 2016 – Volume 104

News

Meet Meena – asking the tough questions of Victoria Legal Aid on Indigenous need

Meena Singh has inherited a plan to boost access to legal help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. See how her own ideas and plans will shape her work at Victoria Legal Aid.

Read more at Meet Meena.

Three steps to a good reconciliation action plan

Veteran mediator Annette Vickery of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service explains how to make a reconciliation action plan core business.

Read more about creating a good reconciliation action plan.

Holding ourselves to account – progress under our first Reconciliation Action Plan

This National Reconciliation Week we are holding ourselves to account and sharing what we have achieved against our first Reconciliation Action Plan, driven by our commitment to do more and better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

Read a snapshot of our progress under our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Consultations centred on our child protection services about to start

We are excited to announce that consultations with legal and community sector organisations and practitioners are about to start as part of our review of child protection legal aid services.

Read more about the consultations.

People doing legal aid work

Warrnambool lawyer Rebecca Digney

An honest conversation with a Palawa woman

Called a ‘half-breed’ at primary school, lawyer Rebecca Digney was drawn to the law through a revelation. Find out why it was ‘like an epiphany’ and how it changed her life.

Find out more about Rebecca Digney.

Vacancy at Victoria Legal Aid

Vacancy for Executive Director, Legal Practice

An opportunity has arisen as part of our executive director team to promote Victoria Legal Aid’s commitment to quality advocacy for vulnerable Victorians by leading engagement with staff and the private profession. 

Find out more about the vacancy.

Panel practitioner updates

Advisory group contributes to development of clearer family law guidelines

We have established an advisory group to develop clearer and more consistent family law guidelines following a call for expressions of interest earlier this year.

Find out more about the advisory group.

Support for panel practitioners and CLC lawyers undertaking accredited specialisation

We again offer our support to private panel practitioners who are undertaking Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialisation in the areas of Criminal Law and Children’s Law:

  • 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.

Crime and children’s law lectures for panel practitioners and CLC lawyer

As part of the study support program for specialisation candidates, we are running a series of one hour professional legal education sessions on topics relevant to criminal and children’s lawyers. Limited places are available to panel practitioners and Community Legal Centre staff who are not undertaking specialisation.

Find out about upcoming crime lectures for accredited specialisation.

The child protection laws from 1 March 2016

New Child Protection legislation came into effect on 1 March 2016. We are a few months in to operation of this new legislation and now seeing some of the consequences of the amendments. 

For information about the changes see The Child Protection Laws from 1 March 2016.

Community news and notices

You are invited to the 'Embedding Legal Assistance' partnership launch – 2 June

Please join us for morning tea to celebrate this partnership which will see a Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre lawyer located at Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative's Health Service.

Find out more about the partnership launch.

National Reconciliation Week 2016 – 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. The theme this year is 'Our History, Our Story, Our Future'.

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week.

Prison Songs: Addressing Aboriginal Incarceration Rates – 8 June

Join Meena Singh and other distinguished speakers for a night of cinema and discussion showcasing Prison Songs, a documentary film that gives voice to the Aboriginal inmates of Berrimah Prison and highlights the crisis of Aboriginal over-imprisonment.

Find out more about the event at Prison Songs: Addressing Aboriginal Incarceration Rates.

Access to justice and technology forum 6 July – Save the date! 

RMIT's Centre for Innovative Justice will convene a forum on improving access to justice through design thinking and artificial intelligence on Wednesday 6 July 2016, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at Storey Hall, RMIT Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Find out more about the event.

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 22 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. Join more than 300 attendees from the law, civil society, academia and business at Australia's only annual human rights conference.

Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference.

If you have any community news that you would like included in this eNewsletter email editor@vla.vic.gov.au. Items will be published at the editor's discretion.

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