OverviewJustice Connect Lawyer, Domestic Building Legal Advocacy Service Full Time in Melbourne VIC
Branch Melbourne VIC AU
Lawyer, Domestic Building Legal Advocacy Service
Melbourne VIC 3000
Provide legal supervision of Practical Legal Training Students and mentor Service paralegals. Supervise and support paralegal and Practical Legal Training…
With funding from Consumer Affairs Victoria as part of the new dispute resolution process in domestic
building disputes, the role will be responsible for establishing DBLAS, supervising the legal practice and
developing and maintaining strong stakeholder relationships.
DBLAS will provide assistance to unrepresented litigants who do not have access to legal assistance and
advice through other sources. It will deliver assistance through discrete, task-oriented appointments to
eligible clients. The appointments will be delivered by volunteer lawyers from our pro bono partner law
firms who will be supervised by the Manager/Principal and lawyers of DBLAS.
The Lawyer will support the Manager to establish and operate the service. The role supports the delivery
of access to justice through pro bono legal services for people experiencing disadvantage and includes
building, supporting and engaging a strong commitment to pro bono work among lawyers.
Support the Manager/Principal Lawyer, (the Manager) to establish and operate DBLAS (Service)
Supervise and support paralegal and Practical Legal Training Students to conduct intake assessment
of client requests
Assess requests for assistance, and determine appropriate assistance for clients of the Service
Identify and research the legal issues involved in client enquiries and prepare briefs to volunteer
lawyers or provide urgent advice to clients when required
Support and supervise volunteer lawyers in providing advice to clients, including by reviewing advice
provided by volunteer lawyers
Provide legal supervision of Practical Legal Training Students and mentor Service paralegals
Refer clients to member firms and barristers where appropriate for pro bono assistance
Refer clients to alternative services where appropriate
Assist the Manager to maintain strong relationships with Justice Connect member firms
Support the Manager to promote the Service by developing and maintaining promotional materials
about the Service, speaking at public functions and publishing articles on the Service
Develop and conduct training programs for volunteer solicitors
Develop and maintain legal resources for the Service
Support the Manager to maintain strong relationships with the key stakeholders for the Service
Assist the Manager of the Service with the governance, reporting and evaluation of the Service
Represent the Service in a range of strategic networks and contribute to internal and external
publications specifically to promote the Service and improve access to justice and advance law reform
Undertake professional development activities to improve legal knowledge and non-legal skills
Perform other duties as directed and necessary to the proper performance of the role
This job description outlines the current duties and responsibilities of the position. These will be reviewed
on a regular basis with the position holder and are subject to change according to the needs and priorities
of Justice Connect and the Service.
Qualifications Eligible to hold an unrestricted practising certificate
Experience A minimum of two years’ post admission litigation
experience (domestic building dispute legal practice
Experience in managing client files and delivery of plain
language legal advice
Experience delivering training and in public speaking
Knowledge, skills & attributes Sound knowledge of the legal issues that commonly arise
for people experiencing disadvantage
Knowledge of the legal assistance and pro bono sectors
Knowledge of the procedures of VCAT
Excellent legal research and written communication skills
and ability to give accurate and practical legal information
High level of communication and negotiation skills, with a
demonstrated ability to use those skills to build
relationships with diverse stakeholders and clients
Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as
collaboratively in a team environment
Sound computer skills within a legal practice environment
A commitment to Justice Connect’s vision and values
Justice Connect offers employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible
working arrangements, above award annual leave provisions and opportunities for professional development.
Justice Connect is an organisation that strives to show leadership, operate sustainably and demonstrate our
effectiveness. You will be rewarded with a workplace culture that is professional, committed, collaborative and
creative and where you can make a real difference through your work.
For further information about Justice Connect and its work, please visit www.justiceconnect.org.au
The application process is as follows:
Applications should be addressed to Tina Turner, Director Referral Service and should comprise of a
single Word or PDF document including; a cover letter succinctly stating your suitability for the role with
reference to the selection criteria and your resume.
Applications should be emailed to [email protected] as a single Word or PDF file including
“Lawyer, DBLAS via NACLC” in the email subject line.
Applications close 9am Monday 1 May 2017.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone.
We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU
Posted on: 2017-04-16