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Supervising Solicitor - Katoomba

Employer: Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights, Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional NSW

Job posted on: 03 July, 2018.
Applications close: 16 July, 2018. (Expired)

The Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre (EECLC) are seeking a passionate and motivated supervising solicitor. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of dedicated professionals. EECLC staff share a commitment to social justice, we respect diversity and we value the strengths and abilities of our communities with whom we work. We value collaboration, flexibility, integrity, respect and initiative.

This is a newly created position which will, in collaboration with the Managing Principal Solicitor, supervise the legal team (which includes staff lawyers, Practical Legal Training (PLT) students and law student volunteers) as well as provide legal advice, representation, advocacy and community legal education, and participate in law reform work. 

Employment will be offered on a permanent basis.

People from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background are encouraged to apply. The position is graded at SCHADS grade 8, with above award conditions and salary packaging available.

Key Responsibilities:

This position will oversee the legal team and their work and recognise when to involve/escalate issues to the MPS. This position will also act in the MPS role when required.

Legal work includes:

  • Providing legal advice by telephone, in person or at outreach clinics;
  • Representing clients at court/tribunal;
  • Having carriage of client files in a range of legal matters of varying complexity;
  • Preparing for and conducting community legal education and attending community development events;
  • Undertaking law reform work.

Legal Practice Coordination

  • Coordinate the legal practice, including the provision of advice, information and casework to clients by staff, volunteer lawyers and students.
  • As the nominated person for the legal practice, be responsible for the checking and signing off legal advice and advise the Responsible Person immediately of any risks or breaches.
  • Ensure effective file management and compliance with the NACLC Risk Management Guide.
  • Develop partnerships with other agencies to maximise the impact of our legal practice.
  • Research and present conference papers and publish articles in journals.

Supervision and Team Leadership

  • Induct, train and supervise legal staff, both employed and volunteer:
    • Provide appropriate orientation for new lawyers, including providing additional direction and guidance, where necessary, for a period of time.
    • Coordinate the work distribution among team members.
    • Assign duties to each employee, and explain how duties are to be carried out.
    • Develop work plans with all staff lawyers, setting goals and assessing training needs.
  • Performance feedback and reviews:
    • Evaluate performance of each team member against organisational policies and procedures.
    • Provide regular feedback to team members.
    • Deal with under-performance promptly, following organisational policies and procedures.
  • Ensure lawyers and volunteers understand and comply with their responsibilities under EECLC’s organisational policies and procedures.
  • Foster a collegiate, supportive and productive team environment:
    • Monitor staff morale and take action to facilitate a positive working environment.
    • Foster teamwork and cooperative/collaborative behaviour.
    • Identify and resolve conflict between staff.
  • Act as a role model for EECLC’s organisational culture.

Legal Advice and Casework Activities

  • Provide legal information, advice, advocacy and referral to clients.
  • Supervise legal volunteers.
  • Liaise with lawyers and barristers regarding clients and the provision of pro bono services, and liaise with legal representatives for other parties.

Community Legal Education and Law Reform

  • Undertake and/or coordinate law reform submission writing.
  • Undertake and/or coordinate team members to undertake community legal education activities.
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