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KLC Continues Advocacy on Australia's Human Rights Record


KLC followed up our work on the UN Human Rights Committee’s review of Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, with the UN committee releasing its recommendations in early November.
The UN committee picked up many of the suggested recommendations made by the NGO delegation, which was led by KLC and the Human Rights Law Centre. In particular, the UN committee harshly criticised Australia for failures in key areas and made recommendations to Australia on the treatment of refugees, Indigenous rights and inadequate protection of human rights, including the lack of a national human rights act.
Anna Cody was interviewed on the following radio programs to discuss the recommendations: KLC also had articles in The Conversation:

Family Fun Day


The sun was shining on Memorial Park in Matraville on Friday, 24 November 2017 for the Matraville Family Fun Day. 

Olivia Kelly Secondee Solicitor, Anita Will and Fiona Duane Solicitors of Kingsford Legal Centre hosted a stall at the event, with the assistance of Josh Chin PLT Student.  KLC flexed our fun muscles and entertained the community with mask decorating and a ball tossing game with prizes. This free community event was enjoyed by over 200 people young and old and included a sausage sizzle, bungee run, gladiator ring, hair braiding as well as a community water fight to top a great afternoon off.  A massive thank you to The Junction Neighbourhood Centre, Weave Youth and Community Services, Benevolent Society and Randwick City Council for organising such a fantastic event and for inviting KLC.

Australian Clinical Legal Education Symposium – 5 & 6 April 2018

 
Save the date – KLC is hosting a Clinical Legal Education Symposium (Clinical Legal Education in an Agile Legal Environment, Navigating change while focussing on Justice) in April. 

We will be having an international speaker at the conference to bring an international perspective,  as well as a limited call for papers.  Email us at legal@unsw.edu.au if you want to go on our clinical legal educators mail list.  More details on the conference in our next edition of the ebulletin in 2018.
 

Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) Conference


GAJE is a global alliance of educators committed to achieving justice through education.  Every 2 years GAJE hosts an international conference with delegates at each conference representing every region of the world.  These conferences are aimed at promoting the exchange of information and experience among persons involved in justice education around the world.  KLC Director Anna Cody was the Conference Chair of the conference organizing committee this year with the conference being held in Mexico in December.  KLC also lead  the Fee Waiver/Grant Committee for the conference.
Anna presented at the conference on Crafting justice and ‘Who are our students’ and KLC Principal Solicitor Dianne Anagnos presented on ‘Working with Students on Visa Cancellation Matters’.  Both Anna and Dianne also were facilitators in the Train the Trainers part of the Conference. 

 

Community Legal Education in 2018


Community Legal Education in 2018
 
KLC wants to hear from you about your legal education needs. We will soon be planning our training sessions for community workers in 2018, so if you provide services in the Randwick or former Botany Bay local government areas and there are particular topics you would like to know about please call us on 93859566 or email us at legal@unsw.edu.au
 
We can also provide articles on legal topics for your newsletter, and present tailored training sessions for your staff or community group.
 

Volunteer Solicitor (vol sol) Annual Dinner


In November we held our annual vol sol dinner to celebrate and thank our brilliant volunteers. 
The paddle winner this year was Fiona Duane (ex-volunteer now KLC locum solicitor) for the “Ultimate State of Zen’ as she did not lose her cool when a client asked her if she was volunteering as a requirement of a community service order!  This award is a tradition of KLC and is given to the volunteer who does the most noteworthily quirky, silly thing in the preceding year.  Thanks to all of our wonderful vol sols, rest up over the summer because next year is going to be as busy and unpredictable as the last one.

Sex Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Matter


KLC regularly represents clients at conciliation conferences in their employment and discrimination complaints. We have recently been involved in a significant number of sexual harassment matters. These cases have involved a wide variety of employers and professions. A recent example involves our client “Belinda” who KLC has been representing in a sex discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against her former employer. The incidents Belinda experienced in the workplace had a huge impact on her life, forcing her to resign from her job at short notice. Belinda was then unable to work for a number of months due to the psychological stress the incidents had caused. As a young, single mother caring for a young child the financial and emotional strain was great. With KLC’s assistance at a conciliation conference in November, the complaint was resolved with the former employer agreeing to make a payment of $10,000 to Belinda as well as committing to provide staff training on appropriate workplace behaviour. Our client was grateful for KLC’s assistance to achieve this result and now feels she is able to move forward with her life.  

UNSW Law Revue Donation to KLC

For over 10 years the UNSW Law Revue has donated some of the profits from their Revue to KLC.  This year they donated a very generous $500. This is an incredible commitment by the Law Revue and we are very grateful for the continued support.  We are always really proud to be associated with such a quality production.  Thanks to all at UNSW Law Revue.

Unsung Hero – KLC Volunteer Mike Steinfeld       

KLC was very proud to see the Rotary Club of Maroubra honour KLC volunteer of well over 20 years, Mike Steinfeld at their event in early November.  The Rotary Club event is to honour those community heroes who quietly give back to their community – and Mike is certainly one of those!  Mike is a part of KLC DNA and we all admire and respect him so were gratified to see him honoured by Rotary.  We were also very grateful to receive a very generous donation of $300 from them.   Thanks Rotary Club of Maroubra and of course, thanks Mikey!

Roselle Nunes – First Responder for Sexual Misconduct on Campus


KLC Front Office Supervisor Roselle Nunes is amongst the first group of UNSW staff members to complete training to become a First Responder.  First Responders understand that reporting sexual misconduct can be difficult. They are not counsellors but they are trained to provide an appropriate initial response to student concerns and guide students and staff to the right services. 
There are also a number of services and people who can support people along the path to recovery from sexual assault. If  a student or staff member is not sure what to do they can talk to someone from one of the free and confidential services listed here.  Roselle is also fluent in Portuguese.

Presentation at the Fair Work Ombudsman


Fiona Duane our temporary Employment Clinic Supervising Solicitor presented at a skills development day at the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) in Sydney on 21 November 2017.  Fiona talked about what services KLC offers, in particular the various employment law clinics that we run, the outreach services we provide as well as KLC’s clinical legal education programs and community legal education programs.  We discussed referral pathways to KLC and the types of services that we can provide to the community.  Thank you to Helen Yuen, the Assistant Director of the Early Intervention Team at the Fair Work Ombudsman for reaching out to us and to the great bunch of FWO attendees for their involvement in an interactive discussion.

Farewell Amelia Olsen-Boyd – Communications Worker Extraordinaire!

Amelia has been working at KLC for a year as a part time communications worker.  She has done great work dragging our media profile into the 21st century.
Amelia has been an absolute pleasure to work with and has shown enormous patience with us all at KLC.  Fortunately, she is staying at UNSW, so we hope to see her around campus.  Thanks Amelia.

Holiday season closure information for Kingsford Legal Centre

 

At our Kingsford Legal Centre office at UNSW:
  • Last advice session of 2017: Thursday 14 December.
  • Front office closes 5pm, Tuesday 19 December.
  • Front office opens 9am, Monday 8 January.
  • First advice session of 2018: Thursday night 11 January.
Outreaches
  • Kooloora Community Centre: Last day Friday 15 December. First day back Friday 9 February 2018
  • South Eastern Community Connect: Last day Wednesday 6 December. First day back Wednesday 17 January 2018
  • Yarra Bay outreaches: Last day Wednesday 13 December. First day back Wednesday 7 February 2018

Big Thanks to All of our Stakeholders for their Support in 2017

In particular to:-
  • Our brilliant team of over 60 volunteers
  • Our funders –Federal Attorney General’s Department and NSW Department of Justice
  • UNSW Sydney Law School and all of their incredible staff
  • Our students – thanks for making our work such fun
  • Our community partners – in particular South Maroubra Tenants Action Group, South Eastern Community Connect, The Deli Women and Children’s Centre, Yarra Bay Aboriginal Health Centre and the Land Council, Kooloora Community Centre, City of Randwick Council, Junction Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney Multicultural Centre and the Eastern Area Tenancy Service
  • Our local politicians – Matt Thistlethwaite, Michael Daley, Ron Hoenig and Bruce Notley-Smith for all of their support through our funding crisis
  • And most of all, to our clients. 
We look forward to working with you in 2018
Copyright © Kingsford Legal Centre 2017
Address: Kingsford Legal Centre, F8-003, UNSW, 2052 
Telephone: (+61 2) 9385 9566
Email: legal@unsw.edu.au
 UNSW ABN 57 195 873 179
CRICOS Provider No: 00098G.

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