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Frankston bylaw the right move, say police (Hastings Leader, 31 March)
Lawyer Amy Barry-Macaulay, from the PILCH homeless persons’ legal clinic, says a Frankston bylaw which allows police to move people from an area and order them not to return for 24 hours , will not help prevent crime. “Also it can be exercised in a way that discriminates against minorities, and this law appears to violate human rights”.
Victorian Bar Urges Bushfire Victims to Seek Free Help Before Royal Commission –media release (Law Institute of Victoria website, 30 March)
The Victorian Bar is offering free assistance to help victims of the bushfires to lodge an application to appear before the Royal Commission.
Remarks at the Queensland Law Society Symposium (Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, 28 March)
“Of all the professions, our profession stands tall for the pro bono contribution made to communities, both here and overseas.”
Jirrawun: a unique model (Art & Australia, Spring 2006)
With pro-bono work by Arnold Bloch Leibler, a constitution was written for Jirrawun Arts Limited.
Fire fighting (Justinian, 23 March)
Article claiming that in the economic downturn, lawyers who had never before shown an interest in pro bono work were putting their hands up to man telephone lines and pester insurers after the Melbourne bushfires.
Jail completes Marcus Einfeld’s fall (The Australian, 20 March)
Article says Einfeld worked on the wrongful detention of Vivian Alvarez Solon claiming that it was pro bono but later charged the federal government $72,783.33 for his work.
Spotlight too much to bear in Sam's safe haven (The Australian, 21 March)
Lawyer Nicholas Pullen’s firm has offered pro bono assistance to the wildlife shelter housing the 60 koalas burnt in the Melbourne bushfires.
Valuing Volunteers Kit for Community Legal Centres (CommunityNet, 19 March)
The Valuing Volunteers Project aims to develop volunteer training and resource materials with broad application to community legal centres.
Bushfire Legal Help – free information and advice sessions (Victorian Legal Aid website, 18 March)
Bushfire legal help partner organisations, along with key insurance industry organisations, are running a series of free legal 'roadshow' information sessions on insurance, credit and general legal issues and legal advice clinics for people who have been affected by the recent bushfires.
Honorary Doctorate awarded to retired High Court judge Michael Kirby (Murdoch University website, 18 March)
In his speech at the award presentation, Kirby listed 10 features of law worthy of praise including independent lawyering, pro bono work, institutional law reform and human rights.
Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award (Get Farming, 17 March)
Lawyer Mary Anne Kenny’, who has won this year’s Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award, was a principal founder of the Centre for Advocacy Support and Education for Refugees, currently the only community legal centre in WA providing specialist legal assistance to refugees.
'Living wills' may help empower mentally ill (The Age, 16 March)
Lawyer Vivienne Topp, a policy co-ordinator at the Mental Health Legal Centre, says there is a growing number of people using ‘living will’ directives to prepare for times when their decision-making is impaired.
Disability plan ready for action (Victoria Legal Aid website, 16 March)
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), in consultation with a variety of external organisations, has developed a disability action plan. ‘The plan aims to strengthen access for people with a disability to all VLA services
Which bank preys on the little people? (The Daily Telegraph, 15 March)
The Commonwealth Bank has demanded that a Sydney family pay more than $240,000 after allowing them to guarantee a friend's mortgage, despite already defaulting on their own loan. Their pro-bono lawyer Nicolas Patrick, from city-based DLA Phillips Fox
National Pro bono Day – 15 March 2009 (CommunityNet, 15 March)
National Pro Bono Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the pro bono work done by the legal and other professions.
New website to champion employment and disability rights (Disability News Infoxchange Australia, 12 March)
AED Legal Centre, which provides free legal advocacy and representation to people with a disability who experience discrimination in employment and education, has launched a new website.
Dog breeder didn’t dock tail (The Morning Bulletin, 12 March)
Solicitor Doug Winning appeared for the RSPCA pro bono, in a matter involving a Rockhampton dog breeder accused of docking her dog’s tail
Free legal support for the bush (North Queensland Register, 12 March)
Residents in remote Queensland unable to afford a solicitor may be eligible for assistance under QPILCH’s Rural Regional Remote program which has recommenced.
Citizens Advice Bureaux see impact of economic downturn (infonews.co.nz, 11 March)
In NZ, most Citizens Advice Bureaux run a free legal service at least once a week.
Melbourne bike riders turn the other cheek (Melbourne Leader, 11 March)
World Naked Bicycle Ride organizer, Heidi Hill, says the group had enlisted a pro-bono lawyer in expectation of fines and possible arrests.
Improving Lives (wotnews, 10 March)
Article on Victorian Charter of Human Rights claims that it has not turned into a ‘lawyers’ picnic ...with almost no exceptions, Charter cases for disadvantaged Victorians are run pro bono.”
First duel a Games challenge (Melbourne Leader, 10 March)
Pentathlete Angie Darby, whose spot in the Beijing Olympic team was challenged by a fellow competitor, was represented pro bono at the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, which ruled in her favour hours before the opening ceremony.
Youth access to legal advice goes online (Australia.TO, 6 March)
Youthlaw Online, a service dedicated to providing young people in Victoria with greater access to legal advice, has been developed by Youthlaw, a Melbourne-based community legal centre, through $150,000 in federal funding.
Voice of the Community (Blacktown Sun, 6 March)
Lawyer Susai Benjamin set up Toongabbie Legal Centre to offer free legal advice to residents.
Dianne Sisak interview (Sporting Pulse homepage for Oceania Foundation, 4 March)
Dianne Sisak of Minter’s talks about their pro bono assistance to establish the Oceania Foundation - a not for profit organisation with the objectives of providing opportunities at a community grassroots level for children and persons in disadvantaged communities to engage in sport.
New legal team appears for Nuttall (the Sydney Morning Herald, 2 March)
Former Queensland minister Gordon Nuttall has arranged new legal representation, which may be pro bono, ahead of his trial on corruption charges in the Brisbane District Court.