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Solicitor/Senior Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice

  • Help shape PIAC’s strategy for working with First Nations people
  • Public interest casework and legal policy advocacy
  • Permanent, full or part time, identified role

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a community legal centre that works for social justice by driving changes to laws, policies and practices that cause or entrench disadvantage, through strategic legal casework and systemic policy advocacy.

We work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations, to protect and promote human rights, in areas including policing, youth justice, child protection and truth-telling. Our work reflects the priorities and goals identified by our clients and/or partner Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and representative bodies.

As a Senior Solicitor you will lead, or as a Solicitor play a central role in delivering, PIAC’s work to advance justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Solicitor or Senior Solicitor opportunity
  • Permanent, identified position available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only
  • Full time or part time considered
  • Sydney, CBD location, with remote work supported

This is a role for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Solicitor or Senior Solicitor with strong legal practical skills and the capacity to identify and develop innovative legal, policy and political strategies to address ATSI justice issues.  You will have:

  • Eligibility to apply for NSW Practising Certificate
  • 3+ years post-admission legal practice experience

This position is intended as a special measure for the purposes of s 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and the subject of an exemption granted under s 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).
 
If you would like to join us in working to remove barriers to justice, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description that can be downloaded from this page.
 
Inquiries should be directed to Annie Barker via abarker@piac.asn.au
 
Please send your application to jobs@piac.asn.au, including Solicitor/Senior Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

ATSIJ Solicitor-Senior Solicitor position description

Practical Legal Training Placements

Please note we are not currently recruiting for PLT positions.

PIAC regularly has positions available for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid but reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.

PLTs are supervised by a Senior Solicitor within our strategic litigation team, and have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation.

The major projects currently being undertaken by PIAC with a strong legal component include the generalist strategic litigation practice and the Indigenous Justice Program.
PIAC’s strategic litigation team conduct high impact strategic litigation that achieves positive outcomes for significant groups of disadvantaged people. We bring test cases that create important legal precedents that protect human rights and promote social justice for disadvantaged people.

The Volunteer PLT Placement contributes to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with PIAC’s telephone information and advice service and with PIAC’s litigation and associated policy and law reform, training and administrative work.

We accept students who have completed or are close to completion of their law degree, and we ask PLTs to commit to a minimum of 3 days per week, for a minimum of 60 days in total.

We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply.

For further information about future recruitment of PLTs, please contact Solicitor, Strategic Litigation Erin Turner Manners by email on eturnermanners@piac.asn.au.

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