Our Principal Lawyer is in Melbourne this week at the National Association of Community Legal Centres Annual Conference. She spoke yesterday about “Piecing together the puzzle: the perspective of community organisations about legal need”, a project undertaken by HRCLS in two stages, about legal need in North East Victoria and Southern Riverina NSW. One of our fabulous students, Tessa, was employed as a Projects Officer earlier this year to survey community organisations in our catchment area, analyse the results and compile this report.

Community organisations provided a key insight into their perception of legal need, when and where they are likely to refer their clients, and what barriers they face in doing so. This paper aims to use these findings constructively, to suggest prospective solutions that will help to build sustainable community partnerships between legal and non-legal service providers and further, help provide supported pathways for clients to ensure they can access legal services.

To read this report, click here.

Originally published 26 August 2015

A busy week for us at the National CLC conference in Melbourne today. Our Principal Lawyer, Sarah, is today releasing our Legal Needs Analysis Report: Piecing together the puzzle: the perspective of community organisations about legal need with thanks to our hardworking student Tessa.  We look forward to the community consultation that will come soon, to go through the report’s recommendations and look at building better partnerships and pathways to assist clients access the legal help they need. You can read the full report here.

Our famous Ukelegals also took front stage this morning with a short, but lively, talk about telling stories through song; “community legal education with a melody” as one tweet said. The passion they bring to both the law and their music is contagious!

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Our NSW Outreach lawyer, Karen, will join with our friends at Barwon Community Legal Service, Central Highlands Community Legal Centre and Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre tomorrow to talk about the origins and subsequent journey of Effie the Elephant and the success of the “Elephant in your room? Family Violence is against the law” campaign. You can read more about this here.  Thanks Barwon CLS!

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Originally published 26 August 2015

We were pleased to be able to make a submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence highlighting regional issues including chronic underfunding for free legal services that are needed by women experiencing family violence, and cross border issues. Please read our submission here.

Originally published 9 June, 2015

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