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Senior Solicitor - Women Transforming Justice Project

Employer: Law and Advocacy Centre for Women Ltd
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights, Women's Organisations & Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 07 September, 2018.
Applications close: 28 September, 2018. (Expired)

The Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW) is a not for profit community legal centre for women in Victoria. We assist women who are in or at risk of entering the criminal justice system, providing legal advice and representation in the following areas of law:

  • criminal defence advocacy
  • infringements
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) Applications
  • Intervention orders

Women Transforming Justice is a two-year pilot project funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program and delivered through a partnership between LACW, Darebin Community Legal Centre (Darebin CLC) and Flat Out. It is designed to keep women out of prison by linking women on remand with the project when they are first taken into custody and by addressing the drivers of their incarceration. At the heart of Women Transforming Justice is an integrated service delivery model, in which Solicitor from LACW and an outreach case manager from Flat Out work together to provide women with the flexible and holistic support they need to apply for bail and to live safely and stably in the community.

About the role:

The Senior Solicitor will be an integral part of the Women Transforming Justice project. The primary focus of this role will be to represent women participating in the Women Transforming Justice project in applying for bail in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (and in Victoria’s higher courts on occasion), and to provide ongoing legal advice and representation in relation to the client’s criminal matters. 

Women participating in the Women Transforming Justice project are likely to have a range of complex needs, which are often related to their experiences of family violence and trauma. As part of the Women Transforming Justice project, the Senior Solicitor will work closely and collaboratively with the Flat Out outreach worker and with the Project Coordinator from Darebin CLC to provide a holistic practice that supports clients in relation to these needs, including housing, family violence, health (including alcohol and drugs and mental health), family reunification and finances. The Senior Solicitor will also contribute to systemic advocacy and the evaluation of the project.

This is a full-time role for a fixed period of 12 months. 

Salary will be up to $85,000 per annum (plus 9.5% super) depending on relevant skills and experience.

Please see attached position description for further information about the role including key responsibilities and key selection criteria.  

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