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Welcome to the August edition of the Kingsford Legal Centre e-bulletin highlighting significant achievements of our staff, and the latest on proposed funding cuts. 

KLC Employment Solicitor Maria Nawaz wins Bright Spark Award

We are delighted to announce that KLC’s employment solicitor Maria Nawaz was the worthy recipient of this award. The award, sponsored by the Women’s Legal Service NSW Foundation, recognises outstanding women in our sector. 
Maria was successful in the category of ‘endeavours undertaken to promote or enhance EQUAL RIGHTS in the workplace’. Maria is a committed, professional, outstanding young human rights lawyer and we are very proud of her achievements. Well done Maria and thanks to Women’s Legal Service NSW for creating the opportunity to showcase the sector’s incredible talent.

Brandis v Dreyfus: the Gilbert + Tobin Public Law Centre 2016 Pre-Election debate

On 20 June KLC Director Anna Cody participated in the panel for the Gilbert + Tobin Public Law Centre debate between Attorney-General Brandis and Shadow Attorney-General Dreyfus. In the run-up to the Federal election, the debate explored the policies of the Coalition and the Australian Labor Party as they affect the Australian legal system and legal profession. The Attorney-General and the Shadow Attorney-General made opening and closing statements and in between, the panel of three, Anna Cody (Kingsford Legal Centre), Fiona McLeod (Law Council) and Chris Merritt (the Australian newspaper), posed questions to each speaker.  Anna’s questions focused on limitations on law reform work of community legal centres, funding for community legal centres and their domestic violence work, and cuts to the legal assistance sector.
Kailah Longbottom with her daughter Elizabeth in their new home. Photo: Steven Siewert

Funding campaign update

KLC was highlighted in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 11 July. The article relates the story of one of our clients, Kailah Longbottom, and the help she received from us with her tenancy problems and highlights the significant impact community legal centres can have on their client’s lives. NSW community legal centres are facing a cut of $2.9 million from 2017. Kingsford Legal Centre faces a funding cut of at least $100,000. NSW community legal centres are strategising their next response.

KLC Director Anna Cody elected to Legal Aid Commission NSW Board

KLC is delighted to announce that the NSW Attorney-General has appointed KLC Director Anna Cody as the community legal services representative on the Legal Aid NSW Board.  The Board sets overall strategy and direction for the Legal Aid Commission and at this time is looking at overall service provision within the state.

Spotlight on …
Anais Morgan,
Herbert Smith Freehills Secondee

How have you found your KLC secondee experience?
I have had a great time on the secondment. I was told at the beginning that you spend the first 4 months learning the ropes and just when you feel you have a handle on things, you start the downhill run to the finish. I think that’s pretty accurate!  I have really enjoyed the variety of issues I have been exposed to and dealing with clients from a mix of circumstances and backgrounds. While the role is to assist people by providing technical and practical legal advice, the learning definitely goes both ways. The team at KLC has been welcoming and supportive which has been a big part of making the experience so rewarding.  Working with the students has also been a more integral part of the secondment than I had expected – I have been impressed at how motivated and capable they are. I will miss the constant interruptions when I go back to my role at Freehills!
Is there any area of law that you now feel is unfair for disadvantaged people?
I have always had a bit of a passion for getting fair outcomes in tenancy arrangements (as a result of living in poorly managed rental properties myself I expect). It is so important for people to have a safe and comfortable place to live and tenancy matters have often been the ones that I have felt strongly about while at KLC. Another area about which I have learnt a lot is the Victims Support Scheme. There do seem to be obvious ways that the system could be improved to make it more accessible and impactful for people in already disadvantaged positions.
Have you picked up any skills during your secondment which you think you will be useful when you return to Freehills?
For me, the secondment experience has drawn out skills of flexibility and adaptability, not to mention thinking on your feet. When you may be advising a client on consumer issues via a Mongolian interpreter in the morning and doing a visit to a nursing home or Long Bay in the afternoon advising on enduring guardianship and powers of attorney, it gives you the confidence to feel that you can deal with anything that comes up. I think this will translate to the Freehills context in that I may be more willing to put my hand up to take on projects or tasks in a new areas.
Would you recommend the secondee experience to your colleagues at Freehills?
Absolutely. It’s been one of the best things I’ve done.

In Brief

Welcome to Amelia Olsen-Boyd – KLC’s Communication Worker

Amelia has joined the staff at KLC on a three day per week, six month contract to work with staff to increase the impact of their work using social and digital media.  Amelia has extensive experience in this area and is also studying for her law degree at UNSW at the same time.  We all look forward to working with her over the coming months.

Welcome Semester 2 Students

Welcome to our latest clinical student recruits.  The students started with a gruelling induction day on Monday 25th and are working hard to find their feet at the KLC.  Staff are looking forward to getting to know, and working with, them over the next 3 months.

Workplace Rights for Pregnant Women Webinar Now available on our Website

KLC solicitors Dianne Anagnos and Natalie Ross ran a webinar on pregnancy discrimination on 6 June for clc volunteers.  The webinar was a result of an Administration Efficiency Grant from the Legal Aid Commission.  A recording of the webinar and a ‘how to guide’ to developing a WebEx Webinar are now available on our website here.

KLC’s 35th Birthday Celebrations

KLC was established in 1981 so this year is our 35th birthday.  We are planning an event in November 11th – more details in upcoming editions of the ebulletin.
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