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Welcome to the May issue of the KLC newsletter. Read on to find out what we've been up to for the past month.

Wills Clinic Held For Local Aboriginal Community


There is great demand in our local Aboriginal community for information and assistance with creating wills. To meet this demand, KLC’s Aboriginal Access Worker Kaleesha Morris ran a wills clinic with our pro bono partner Gilbert and Tobin for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients at Yarra Bay on 13 April 2016. The clinic was a great success, with over 20 people attending an information session on wills, and over 15 clients having individual consultations about their wills with Gilbert and Tobin lawyers.

Thank you to Gilbert and Tobin lawyers Tamara and Rachel, and paralegal Selma for partnering with us for the clinic. 

KLC Holds Experts Roundtable On Clients’ Experiences At Conciliation


KLC regularly represents clients at conciliations at the Anti-Discrimination Board NSW, Australian Human Rights Commission and Fair Work Commission. KLC has identified differences in conciliation processes, especially in how disadvantaged clients experience these processes.

As a result of these experiences, KLC is currently conducting a research project into disadvantaged clients’ experiences of conciliation.

As part of this project, on 28 April 2016 we held a roundtable with legal practitioners to discuss their experiences of representing disadvantaged clients in these jurisdictions. The roundtable was attended by lawyers from community legal centres, Legal Aid NSW, and pro bono partners, Clayton Utz and Gilbert and Tobin.  

We are also conducting surveys of clients and legal practitioners as part of the project, and aim to release our findings and recommendations by the end of 2016. Thanks to Gilbert and Tobin for hosting our roundtable.

Farewell To Nick Ngai


We farewelled KLC solicitor Nick Ngai this month. Nick came to us with a wealth of experience in CLCs in Victoria and NSW. We all enjoyed working with Nick, and appreciated his dedication to our clients and teaching our students. We wish Nick all the best for the future. 

Spotlight On: KLC Student Eleanor Holden
 

KLC student Eleanor is in her final year of her Art Theory/Law degree at UNSW. Eleanor is doing the community law 2 day elective at KLC.

“I enjoy the collaborative atmosphere at Kingsford Legal Centre, and the level of responsibility that students are given at the centre to work on client files. All the staff have been friendly and welcoming,” Eleanor said.

“Working at KLC has been a highlight of my law degree, allowing me to take theory from law school and apply it in the real world. I think all law students at UNSW would benefit from this experience.”

When she graduates, Eleanor hopes to gain work combining her interests in art and law.

KLC 2015 Annual Report Now Available


2015 was another incredibly productive year for KLC.  In the 12 month period from January to December 2015 we:
  • gave over 1700 advices,
  • took on around 300 cases,
  • delivered over 25 community legal education workshops,
  • made over 20 law reform submissions
  • educated over 60 students in our community and employment law courses;  over 450 in the interviewing clinical component of Semester 1 and 2 Lawyers, Ethics and Justice course; 30 students in the full, summer, Lawyers Ethics and Justice course; 10 in the Foundations Enrichment II course; and 18 in Legal Aid and Global Justice Lawyering. 
Our annual report is now available on our website here. If you would like a hard copy, email us at legal@unsw.edu.au with your request.
Copyright © Kingsford Legal Centre 2016
Address: Kingsford Legal Centre, F8-003, UNSW, 2052 
Telephone: (+61 2) 9385 9566
Email: legal@unsw.edu.au
 UNSW ABN 57 195 873 179
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