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Welcome to the April edition of Kingsford Legal Centre’s e-bulletin.

KLC Presents On Women At Work at International Women’s Day Event

 

On 8 March 2016, KLC Director Anna Cody and Employment Solicitor Maria Nawaz presented on KLC’s women at work project at Legal Aid NSW’s International Women’s Day event.
 
The Women at Work project was funded by a Legal Aid NSW Partnership program grant. KLC conducted workshops with Asian Women at Work, a community organisation that works to empower marginalised workers. As part of the project, we identified the common employment law issues faced by women, and developed 5 case study based factsheets on employment law rights aiming to promote an early intervention approach. In the presentation, we discussed the importance of women’s engagement in the workforce in light of International Women’s Day. We also discussed how having factsheets available in community languages has increased clients’ awareness of their rights and willingness to seek advice from us.

Clinical Legal Education Update


Students enrolled at KLC began their courses: community law and employment law. Induction ran smoothly and all students have dealt with the challenging and unexpected nature of dealing with initial inquiries on the front desk.  The ability to deal with any client issue which occurs over the phone, or in person is a key skill, which students develop during the course. Students remark on the flexibility, legal analysis and interpersonal skills this responsibility requires. 

KLC staff participated in the Experiential Learning event at the Law Faculty on 16 March. The purpose of the event was to make students more aware of the experiential learning opportunities available to them and to give them a better understanding of the work they would be doing in internships and clinical courses.
 

Community Legal Education Program


KLC runs an extensive community legal education (CLE) program catering to all of our stakeholders. In 2015 we delivered over 25 workshops and events and 2016 is proving just as busy. In March, KLC’s employment solicitor, Maria Nawaz, delivered a session on Employment law basics to solicitors who volunteer for KLC, Marrickville, Inner City and Redfern Legal Centres. This program is an example of the community legal centre sector pooling resources to ensure that our volunteers are able to deliver quality legal advice to our clients. We are grateful to King & Wood Mallesons for their generous support of this program. Our first webinar on Workplace Rights for Pregnant Women will be delivered as part of this series on June 6. If you are a volunteer at one of the inner-Sydney centres and would like to participate in this webinar session go to our website for the enrolment details.

As part of our very popular community workers workshops program, KLC solicitors Dianne Anagnos and Natalie Ross delivered a workshop on Legal Basics at Randwick Library in March. This series, which has been running for nearly ten years now, is free for community workers who operate in the Randwick and Botany local government areas. If you would like to be on our mailing list for this program contact us on legal@unsw.edu.au
 

Spotlight On KLC Volunteer Solicitor Jeane Wells


Jeane is one of our wonderful volunteer solicitors on our fortnightly employment law advice evenings.  She joined our team over a year ago and has impressed with her thorough knowledge of employment law, empathy with our clients and commitment to our service. KLC would not be able to help as many clients as we do without our volunteer solicitors, who generously volunteer their time and expertise on our evening advice nights. We asked Jeane a few questions:

Why did you become a volunteer at KLC?
I was interested in learning from the experiences of individual employees, as I usually work with union members in creating and implementing union collective agreements. It is a very different set of employment challenges, and I enjoy learning from workers how they negotiate employment law, and helping them to do so.
 
Why Employment law?  Is there anybody in the labour movement who has particularly inspired you?
I started studying law while working for a union years agoso it was always going to be employment law, although I find criminal law and family law interesting too. Jenny Holdcroft (Policy Director at IndustriALL, a global union), is currently leading unionists in Bangladesh in campaigning for collective agreements in the textile industry and she inspires me.
 
Reducing or removing penalty rates for some of the lowest paid workers is currently being debated - what's your view on that?
My first job was at McDonalds, when I was fourteen, and I earned $3.15 an hour then, except for when I was lucky enough to get penalty rates for weekend or public holiday work. I don't think the lowest paid workers in these sectors, should have even lower pay, for working at times when many of us can relax and be with friends and family. I gave 'Thank you for working over Easter cards' to any hospitality or retail workers I met over the long weekend, an ACTU campaign you can find more about here: saveourweekend.org.au/easter
 
You are obviously very busy professionally, what do you do to relax at weekends?
I live in Coogee so I love to swim at Giles Baths, or other ocean pools and beaches, and love walking the coastal work from Coogee to Maroubra with my family.
 

Farewell to Liz Meyer


KLC employment solicitor Liz Meyer has been on maternity leave for the past two years looking after her two sons.  She was due to return to work in May 2016 but has resigned from the Centre to look for part time work closer to her home in Wollongong. Liz was a particularly good educator who really enjoyed delivering community and clinical education to the full range of students and participants. A highlight of her time at KLC was her delivery of the Women at Work project through seminars to clients of Asian Women at Work. Staff are saddened by Liz’s decision to leave as she was a great colleague who we all enjoyed working with. We all respect and understand her decision and wish her and her family all the very best for the future.

... and Maria Nawaz Achieves KLC ‘Permanence’


Maria Nawaz, who has been locuming in Liz’s position for the past two years, was delighted to accept the permanent position of employment solicitor.   
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