Lawyering for Change report launch: Wednesday 11 November 2015

You are warmly invited to the launch of the Lawyering for Change report.

The launch will be held at K&L Gates at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start on Wed11 November 2015.

RSVP online here.

K&L Gates is at Level 25, 525 Collins St (Rialto Tower South), Melbourne CBD. Best entry is by way of the escalator on Flinders Lane (between William and King Sts), near Vue de Monde.

The report is a reflection on how community legal centre (CLC) lawyers can best use their legal cases to achieve both justice for their clients and social change for their communities. Drawing on interviews with 100 lawyers and thinkers across Australia, as well as the UK, USA, Canada, and South Africa, the report suggests seven best practice principles of strategic lawyering for CLCs.

Agata Wierzbowski, CLC Fellow, will briefly present the findings of the report, and screen a series of insights from interviewees including Doug Lasdon (Executive Director, Urban Justice Center, New York), Jennifer Robinson (Lawyer & Director of Legal Advocacy, Bertha Foundation, London), and Jo Shulman (CEO, Redfern Legal Centre, Sydney).

This will be followed by a brief panel discussion of how the principles can be practically implemented within the sector. Panel speakers include Felicity Graham (NSW Bar), Brendan Sydes (CEO, Environmental Justice Australia), and Joel Townsend (Social Inclusion Program Manager, Victoria Legal Aid).

Nibbles from Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Catering and drinks will be provided.

The project would not have been possible without the generous funding of the Victoria Law Foundation.

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