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Welcome to our first e-bulletin for 2016.

Successful Grant Applications

We’re delighted to announce that KLC was successful in achieving two of its three applications for the Legal Aid Administrative Efficiencies Grants late in 2015.

First up is a Webinar project, which aims to extend the reach of our state-wide discrimination practice to rural and remote areas. KLC will develop a pilot webinar course on discrimination law, to be rolled out initially to inner-Sydney volunteer solicitors. KLC will then expand the program to target rural and regional areas, greatly expanding the reach of our state-wide discrimination service. We will also endeavour to produce a plain-English ‘How To Guide’ for the sector.

In the second grant, we’ll team up with Inner City and Redfern Legal Centres to hire a project worker to investigate social enterprise options appropriate for the CLC sector.  With the impending funding cliff of 2017 it is essential that our sector look at creative solutions to funding shortfalls. The worker will look at Australian and international models and produce a report on the viability, or otherwise, of this model. It is anticipated that the final report will be ready in five months.

Introducing A New KLC course

Legal Aid And Global Justice Lawyering: Issues In Practice 

This elective course was offered for the first time in summer 2015 in place of our usual summer community law, employment law and family issues/DV community legal education courses. Legal Aid and Global Justice Lawyering is a new type of course, teaching students about models of legal aid provision in Australia, as well as internationally. It also teaches students about models of working with disadvantaged communities such as community lawyering, public interest lawyering, cause lawyering, social change lawyering. The course is a good opportunity for students to think more deeply about these issues. Whilst the course is not a clinical one, students work on complex case studies based on clients from KLC as well as completing an advanced interviewing clinical component at the Centre.  

Aboriginal Service Provision Manual Updated And Reprinted

KLC's Aboriginal Access Worker Kaleesha Morris updated KLC’s Aboriginal Service Provision Manual late in 2015. This resource equips KLC’s staff, volunteers, students and other service providers with cultural awareness about local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and tips on how to provide effective service delivery to them. The Manual is available on the KLC website here. To request a hardcopy shoot us an email at legal@unsw.edu.au.

KLC By The Numbers

2015 was another big year for KLC!

January is the time of year at KLC where we look at our stats for the preceding year. 2015 was a standout year in which we outperformed our objectives. In 2015 we:
  • Gave over 1700 advices
  • Worked on over 330 cases
  • Gave over 1000 referrals
  • Worked on nearly 200 non-casework projects
  • Delivered over 30 community legal education sessions
Our advice clients were:
  • 54% non-Australian born
  • 7% Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • 26% identified as having a disability 
  • 90% of medium, low or no income
  • Over 20% lived in public housing
We look forward to building on this in 2016.

Spotlight On: Roselle Nunes, Front Office Supervisor

Each edition we will be putting the spotlight on one of KLC’s staff members or volunteers. This month it’s our brilliant Front Office Supervisor, Roselle Nunes, who joined the team in 2014. Roselle handles all of our student enquiries about our courses and works with our volunteers on the advice night roster. She is responsible for the smooth running of KLC, in particular keeping our front office/reception running efficiently. Roselle hails from Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese. She is a wonderful colleague who has breathed life and enormous fun into our Centre since joining our staff team.

How did you end up at KLC?
It was fate. A friend of mine was looking for a job and she showed me this community organization job search app she was using. I spotted the position description and thought: that job has my name all over it! Then I applied through the UNSW website and after the interview process was offered the job. That was nearly 2 years ago! Time does fly when you’re having fun.

What’s the most enjoyable part of your work at KLC?
It is such a relaxed and friendly environment to work and offers me great flexibility, as I have two kids in primary school. Also, during the semesters I have the opportunity of working with students in some projects, my favourite being the yearly Bake Sale for Anti-Poverty week, where all proceedings go to Kooloora Community Centre, a wonderful organisation that we work very closely with.

Where do you go for Brazilian food in Sydney?
A few of my favourites: all you can eat breakfast Brazilian-style at Farinha in Coogee, for the Brazilian barbecue experience my favourite is BAHBQ Brazilian grill in Crows Nest and if you want to impress, there is Justine Grill in Hunters Hill, which serves up modern versions of classic Brazilian dishes.

Congratulations Edwina!


Congratulations to KLC Law Reform and Policy Worker Edwina MacDonald on the birth of her second daughter in early 2016. We wish her family well.

Goodbye to KLC Solicitor Haley McEwen

 

Farewell to Haley McEwen who leaves KLC at the end of her contract to move to Mid-North Coast CLC – we wish her all the best in the future. 

Farewell To Community Worker Julie Spies

 

We bid a sad farewell to KLC’s favourite local community worker Julie Spies of Kooloora – Julie became a great friend of us all and we will miss her warmth, commitment and passion enormously. We wish her well in her ‘retirement’. 
Copyright © Kingsford Legal Centre 2015
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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