2 April 2015 – Volume 77


Strategy 2015–18

In the next three years we will focus on working closely with our partners, timely intervention and matching services to the needs of our clients. Read more.

Victoria Legal Aid welcomes guaranteed funding for the legal assistance sector

We welcome the decision to stall cuts and to guarantee funding for the legal assistance sector for two years but more needs to be done. Read more.

Applications closing soon for our New Lawyers Program

Applications for our New Lawyers Program are closing on Wednesday 8 April, so get your applications in quickly. Read more.

Be part of the new Independent Mental Health Advocacy program

Victoria Legal Aid will be delivering a new Independent Mental Health Advocacy program that will begin operating in the second half of 2015.

We encourage professionals with mental health consumer experience and/or backgrounds in community development, mental health advocacy, community sector advocacy or similar fields to apply to join our team of non-legal senior advocates and advocates. Read more.

People doing legal aid work

Andrew McGregor talks storytelling, challenges and rewards

Andrew McGregor, Principal of Dowling McGregor, tells us about his work in youth law, where he sees that anyone 'can expect to have hugely rewarding work and tremendous enjoyment in their engagement with young people.' Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Final call for applications for Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List

Applications will close shortly for the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List which will provide more oversight regarding the quality of barristers appearing in legally aided criminal trials. Expressions of interest should be made by Wednesday 8 April.

The importance of Appeal Costs Certificates

Funds reimbursed to Victoria Legal Aid from Appeal Costs Certificates help us to assist as many people as possible and reduce the contribution paid by clients towards the cost of their legal assistance. Read more.

Vacancy for Senior Legal Researcher

The County Court of Victoria is seeking a Senior Researcher who will be responsible for overseeing the work of the Research Unit, and using technical expertise to ensure the provision of timely, accurate and efficient advice.

Reporting to the Manager, Law Reform and Policy you will be required to undertake high-level legal research in support of the judiciary on a wide range of complex legal issues, and will possess a detailed knowledge of the County Court's jurisdictions. Commercial and common law knowledge and experience will be highly regarded.

For more information see the VPS Careers Hub or contact Manager Law Reform and Policy Amy Barry-Macalay on 0417 700 911. Applications close Thursday 9 April.

Vacancies at Victoria Legal Aid

Vacancy for Deputy Chief Counsel, Chambers

An opportunity is available to work together with our Chief Counsel and Associate Director – Chambers to provide high quality advocacy for disadvantaged clients and work closely with our criminal, civil and family law programs to support their service delivery and strategic priorities.

You will utilise your substantial trial knowledge and experience to appear as counsel in complex or significant litigation, and assist in developing the advocacy expertise of our advocates through mentoring and training. Your extensive knowledge of current issues in the Australian justice system will allow you to participate on internal and external committees, advocating on issues of significance for Chambers and Victoria Legal Aid.

For more information contact Chief Counsel Tim Marsh on (03) 9269 0355 or see our jobs board. Applications close Monday 6 April.

Community news and notices

2015 Legal Comedy Debate – 13 April

When it comes to the law, winning is everything.

Join the Law Institute of Victoria and watch the battle – lawyer against lawyer, obstinate opinion against obstinate opinion – a war of wit and words that always results in hilarity and the potentional for legal action.

$1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Wellbeing And The Law Foundation.

Read more at the 2015 Legal Comedy Debate.

Law Week 2015 – 11 to 17 May

Law Week is an annual festival of events which makes learning about the law easy. Find answers to everyday legal issues, go behind the scenes at the courts, or simply get carried away in the drama of the law. Read more at Law Week 2015.

Young People and the Law Conference – 21 to 23 September

This international conference in Prato, Tuscany brings together legal and clinical practitioners, policy contributors, and researchers to examine the vulnerabilities of young people, and the role of the agencies responding to them. The emphasis is on how preventative or early intervention approaches may improve outcomes for young people, as well as the community. Read more.

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