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Refugee legal centre’s future secured

Refugee legal centre’s future secured
The state’s longest-running refugee community legal centre has been thrown a lifeline, thanks to UNSW.

Since it began 28 years ago, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), has forged a strong reputation as the leading provider of free expert legal services for those seeking asylum – but it has been battling for survival following the federal government’s funding cuts in April last year.

UNSW has stepped in to assist, providing rent-free premises for five years on the corner of High Street and Eurimbla Avenue, Kensington.

Kingsford Legal Centre: Meeting Indigenous need with a tailored response

Studies have shown that disadvantaged people are less likely than the rest of the community to seek legal advice, and more likely to have limited access to the justice system.  For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, this is due to complex reasons including a lack of resources, previous negative encounters with the law, and the history of interaction between the legal system and Aboriginal communities.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are often uncomfortable seeking assistance outside of their own community or from mainstream services.

Working with Aboriginal clients at Kingsford Legal Centre

On Friday 29 November, the Kingsford Legal Centre launched the Working with Aboriginal Clients at Kingsford Legal Centre service provision manual.

This resource will equip KLC’s volunteer solicitors, incoming 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 was developed by KLC’s three Aboriginal Access Workers – Keith Ball, Ron Timbery and Kaleesha Morris -  in consultation with KLC's Aboriginal Advisory Group.

KLC long-term volunteer wins Justice award

David McMillan at left of photo.

David McMillan, a volunteer at UNSW’s Kingsford Legal Centre, won the Community Legal Centres NSW award at the 2013 Law and Justice Foundation Award ceremony on 21 October.

Volunteering at Community Legal Centres since 1977, David has been with Kingsford Legal Centre for 26 years where he has volunteered at the Centre every fortnight on a Tuesday night.  

In this time, he has provided over 1,550 quality advices to KLC's most socially and economically disadvantaged clients.  He is seen as the heart of the KLC volunteer program and essential to its high quality community lawyering.

Family law and domestic violence clinic receives funding boost

A Clinic focused on family law and domestic violence at Kingsford Legal Centre is set to grow thanks to a cash injection from the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus. The clinic will receive $200,000 to ensure it continues to educate law students and assist disadvantaged community members over the next four years.

Kingsford Legal Centre, which is part of UNSW Law, takes six law students into the Family Law Clinic each semester. Working one day a week, the students work with community organisations developing creative and relevant presentations on domestic violence and family law. 

The funding will enable the clinic to evaluate and expand into new relationships with other community organisations and develop greater capacity to teach law students.

KLC honoured for Pro-Bono partnership

UNSW’s Kingsford Legal Centre and law firm Herbert Smith Freehills were honoured with the Pro Bono Partnership Award at the Annual Justice Awards last month. Their win was the result of a program that improves access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged residents in Sydney’s east.

The Annual Justice Awards – held by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW – recognise the contributions of organisations towards improving access to justice in the state, particularly for those who are socially or economically disadvantaged.

For over 20 years Freehills has provided KLC with a secondee solicitor who participates in all areas of KLC service including advice, casework and community legal education, as well as educating and mentoring students.

KLC celebrates its makeover with Peter Garrett MP

Federal Minister and UNSW Law alumnus Peter Garrett officially opened the newly renovated Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) on Friday 25 May with UNSW Law Head of School Carolyn Penfold and Director Anna Cody. Mr Garrett commended the work done for the local community and the contribution KLC has made to Australian legal education.

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