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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Lawyer – Secondment to PIAC from Moray & Agnew

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Senior Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice
Practical Legal Training Placements

Paralegal, Criminal Law Practice, HPLS

  • Busy criminal law practice, providing responsive, individualised service 
  • Part time (.6FTE) fixed term contract for 12 months 
  • Hours can be worked flexibly across the week 

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.  

PIAC offers a dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility supported 

Our Homeless Persons’ Legal Service provides free legal assistance for people experiencing homelessness. This includes a criminal law practice that aims to divert clients from the criminal justice system. 

Reporting to the Managing SolicitorHPLS, you will primarily support the work of the Criminal Solicitor Advocate as well as assist with administrative tasks across the HPLS team. Your responsibilities will include:  

  • Managing and processing client files including drafting outcome letters 
  • Appointment setting including for clients in custody, and reception cover 
  • Liaising with clients and stakeholders including police, courts and corrections 

You have experience providing administrative support in a legal practice, including drafting correspondence, an ability to prioritise workload and develop workflow systems and processes, intermediate MS Word and Excel skills, accurate and efficient data entry skills and a familiarity using a database. Your attributes include: 

  • Capacity to exercise sound judgement in dealing with sensitive, confidential matters 
  • Confident and courteous approach to assisting a range of people 
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team 

If you would like to contribute to breaking the cycle of disadvantage for people experiencing homelessness, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description to [email protected], including Paralegal in the subject field.  

Inquiries should be directed to Annie Barker via [email protected] 

Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible.   

Senior Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice

  • Lead PIAC’s work to advance justice for First Nations people
  • Combine public interest casework with legal policy advocacy
  • Permanent, full or part time, identified role

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. Our work helps to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality, through strategic legal casework, law reform and systemic policy advocacy.

Our priorities include reducing homelessness, First Nations justice, climate change and social justice, equality and non-discrimination, asylum seeker health rights and the fair use of police powers. We actively seek to collaborate and partner in our work to maximise its impact.

We have a history of successful work 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.

  • PIAC offers a dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted and flexibility is supported
  • We are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and staff development
  • We currently have six Aboriginal staff members

As a Senior Solicitor you will lead PIAC’s work to advance justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

You have strong legal skills and the capacity to identify and develop innovative legal, policy and public advocacy strategies to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice issues. An essential part of the role is developing and managing PIAC’s relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, especially in NSW Aboriginal communities.

Additionally, you:

  • Are eligible to apply for NSW Practising Certificate
  • Have 5+ years post-admission legal practice experience

This is a permanent position, available full-time with part-time also considered. The role is based in Sydney, with remote work supported.

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 knowledge, skills and experience section included in the position description to [email protected] including Senior Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice in the subject field.

Inquiries should be directed to [email protected]

Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Practical Legal Training Placements

PIAC is currently recruiting volunteer Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid but reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.
 
The volunteer PLT Placement contributes to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with PIAC’s telephone information service and with PIAC’s litigation, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) and Truth & Accountability teams.
 
PLT placements are supervised by a solicitor within our Strategic Litigation team and/or HPLS teams, or our Truth and Accountability team and have an opportunity to work with lawyers across our organisation.
 
We accept students who have completed or are close to completion of their law degree, and we generally ask PLT placements to commit to a minimum of 2 days per week, for a minimum of 40 days in total. However, we are open to requests for flexible working arrangements. 
 
A job description setting out the selection criteria and how to apply for these positions is available and we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people living with a disability. For further information about the recruitment of PLTs, please contact Director of Strategy, Jane Leibowitz by email on [email protected] Applications close: Tuesday, 7 December 2021 and placements commence in late January 2022.

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