Careers

AGS Indigenous Secondee Lawyer or Law Graduate Pro Bono placement with Public Interest Advocacy Centre

  • Human rights and social justice interest
  • Lawyer or Law Graduate PQE (APS 3 – APS 5 level)
  • Sydney-based, full time 12 month term (non-ongoing) opportunity

The Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) are excited to announce a position for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Lawyer/Law graduate with an interest in human rights and social justice. The successful candidate will work full-time at PIAC’s Sydney office, gaining hands on experience in litigation, community outreach and law reform work. This is a full-time paid position with AGS for a 12-month period with opportunities for training and mentoring.

Applications close 30 September 2020.

See the AGS website for information.

Managing Solicitor, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

Play a leadership role in a dynamic public interest law practice.

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.

The Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) provides people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with legal assistance, advice and representation, to protect their human rights and progress our vision of a community where everyone has a safe and secure home. HPLS also addresses the causes of homelessness through strategic policy advocacy.

HPLS operates free legal outreach clinics at host agencies that provide services to people who are experiencing homelessness in inner-Sydney, Western Sydney and the Hunter region. These clinics are primarily staffed by solicitors from private law firms acting pro bono, with supervision and support from the HPLS in-house team.

The HPLS consumer advisory committee, StreetCare, empowers people with lived experience of homelessness to initiate, inform and influence positive change. The group also helps drive our policy priorities.

The HPLS Managing Solicitor leads this important work.

The position requires an experienced lawyer with the ability lead a diverse team of legal and non-legal staff and volunteers and manage a busy community legal practice. You will need high-level interpersonal skills and a solid understanding of issues facing people experiencing homelessness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Inquiries should be directed to Jonathon Hunyor via jhunyor@piac.asn.au. All applications must address the selection criteria included in the position description that can be downloaded below.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 12 October 2020.

HPLS Managing Solicitor position description

Solicitor/Senior Solicitor, Strategic Litigation

Aboriginal Child Protection

15 month contract

Be part of one of Australia’s leading public interest law practices.
 
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a community legal centre that specialises in strategic litigation and systemic advocacy on social justice and human rights issues.
 
For over 35 years we have been tackling difficult issues that have a significant impact upon people experiencing disadvantage. We have a reputation for getting results and creating sustainable change.
 
PIAC is seeking a solicitor/senior solicitor to lead PIAC’s work on Aboriginal child protection as part of our broader advocacy on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice. The role will also contribute to other areas of PIAC’s work as required.
 
The solicitor in this role must have a commitment to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, and the ability to manage a diverse range of stakeholder relationships.
 
This is a challenging and rewarding position requiring a creative and energetic lawyer with

  • at least three years post-admission experience in relevant areas of law;
  • an understanding of how law can be used as part of a strategy to drive change; and
  • a demonstrated commitment to human rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Inquiries should be directed to Camilla Pandolfini on cpandolfini@piac.asn.au. All applications must address the selection criteria included in the position description that can be downloaded below.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 28 September 2020.

Solicitor or Senior Solicitor (Aboriginal child protection) 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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