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Criminal and Family Violence Lawyer

First Step Legal

First Step Legal - a unique health justice partnership

Are you committed to ensuring access to justice for those who fall through the cracks in our system? Do you want to see real and tangible results for your efforts as an advocate? We have a compelling opportunity for you to make a difference from within an innovative health justice partnership.

About First Step Legal

First Step Legal (FSL) started in 2008 as a Health Justice Partnership (HJP) within First Step, a not-for-profit mental health and addiction clinic in St Kilda. FSL is a unique Community Legal Centre providing pro bono legal advice, casework, and representation to among the most marginalised in the community.

In recent years FSL’s services have expanded significantly to incorporate health justice partnerships with seven organisations: the First Step Program, Windana Therapeutic Community, Alfred Health (St Kilda Road Clinic), Better Health Network, Launch Housing, Meli, and Anglicare.

FSL is NAS-accredited and a member of the Federation of Community Legal Centres. FSL only receives referrals from our HJP partners. FSL prioritises its casework focus on clients who are genuinely engaged or wanting to be engaged in treatment, recovery and therapeutic interventions that will support their ongoing wellbeing.

About the Role

You will be delivering excellent criminal law and family violence law legal services alongside FSL’s partner organisations. You will therefore work collaboratively with the existing FSL team lawyers, legal volunteers, and health professionals.

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Please see the attached position description. For further information please contact our Acting Principal Lawyer / Family Lawyer, Tom Mainwaring at [email protected] using the subject line: Criminal and Family Violence Lawyer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Salary and Conditions

This is a full-time position, and we are open to applicants who have a restricted practicing certificate. We have a flexible working policy including a robust working from home policy. The continuation of this role is contingent on securing ongoing funding and is subject to a 6-month probationary period. Salary is negotiable, subject to skills and experience.

A position description is attached.

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