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Solicitor - Discrimination & Generalist

Australian Centre for Disability Law

The Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL) is a specialist legal centre based in Sydney, which operates a disability discrimination law practice across NSW, and a disability and human rights law practice across Australia. It was established in 1994 to assist people with disability and their associates to learn about and pursue their rights under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth).

ACDL is governed by a community-based Management Committee, and is staffed by an Executive Officer/Principal Solicitor, two part-time solicitors, and a team of five volunteers, including volunteer solicitors from law firms. ACDL co-located with a national peak disability advocacy organisation in 2014.

ROLE SUMMARY

The role of the Solicitor is to provide legal services in the area of disability discrimination and generalist areas of law to people with disability and their associates, undertaking projects in community legal education, legal reform and legal policy analysis. The Solicitor will work within a team comprising of the Managing Principal Solicitor, solicitors, administration manager and volunteers to deliver legal services to people with disabilities.

This position may involve travel to locations outside the Sydney metropolitan area to deliver legal advice at outreach clinics and community legal education.

The Solicitor will work within a team comprising of the Managing Principal Solicitor, 6 solicitors, administration manager and volunteers to deliver legal services to people with disabilities.

Under the direction and supervision of the Principal Solicitor, this role comprises the following legal services:

  1. Legal information and referral
  2. Legal advice
  3. Casework
  4. Representation at court/tribunals
  5. Legal policy analysis and law reform
  6. Community legal education
  7. Attending outreach clinics in metropolitan Sydney and rural, remote and regional areas.

Solicitors work collaboratively with other staff at ACDL and volunteers as well as other community and government organisations.

A position description is appended below.

ESSENTIAL SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants are required to respond to the following essential selection criteria:

  1. Hold or eligible to hold an unrestricted practising certificate in NSW and at least three (3) years’ post admission experience
  2. Demonstrated understanding and experience, or the capacity to acquire understanding, in disability discrimination legislation and other disability-related legislation, policies and practices, and experience in at least two other areas of law affecting people with disability such as trustee and guardianship, employment law, fines, consumer law, family law and domestic violence
  3. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to social justice, as well as the ability to identify legal and non-legal issues facing people with disability
  4. Capacity to undertake legal research, projects in law reform, legal policy analysis, develop and deliver community legal education and outreach programs and other special projects that may arise
  5. Willingness and ability to travel to rural, regional and remote locations to deliver outreach legal services and community legal education programs
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with people from diverse backgrounds
  7. Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision, manage priorities, timelines and multiple tasks, undertake own administration and assist in the general day to day administration of the Centre, including assisting other staff members during periods of leave, maintain data collection and prepare reports, take initiative and accept responsibility.
  8. Work professionally and collaboratively with team members and stakeholders in a positive environment of communication and collegiality to provide legal and non-legal support to people with disability and their associates

DESIRABLE

  1. Civil litigation experience, including representation at conciliation conferences in either the Australian Human Rights Commission or Anti-Discrimination Board
  2. Ability to manage and supervise volunteers
  3. A current drivers licence.

Pre-Employment Checks

  • Criminal record check
  • Working with Children Check

A position description is attached.

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