PRINCIPAL SOLICITOR - Kununurra (or Kununurra/Broome job share) - closing 9am Monday 7 August 2017
Kimberley Community Legal Services is one of Australia's leading remote civil law practices, dedicated to ensuring access to justice for all communities across the magnificent Kimberley Region. KCLS is a reflective, community- and client-oriented practice, working closely with predominantly Aboriginal client communities. We serve our clients from offices in Kununurra and Broome, with regular outreach to all major towns across the region, and periodic visits to many other communities on country.
As Principal Solicitor at KCLS, you will be responsible for professional leadership and accountability for KCLS' legal team. You will manage KCLS' legal staff, oversee our practice management systems, be accountable for file reviews and professional practice requirements, and lead our work on community legal education, law reform and systemic advocacy.
As a leading remote practice working in and with Aboriginal communities, you will also have the opportunity to initiate and grow innovative service models, including (for example) our new partnership with the ANU College of Law.
The Principal Solicitor works closely with KCLS' Manager and KCLS' Indigenous Liaison Coordinator as our staff leadership team. This is your chance to contribute to social justice, to lead a fabulous interdisciplinary team, and to experience life in one of Australia's most interesting and vibrant regions.
This position is based in our Kununurra Office. KCLS is open to proposals for job-sharing the role between Principal Solicitors in our Kununurra and Broome offices, or having a Deputy Principal Solicitor in Broome.
Salary Package: A competitive package between $115,000 - $130,000 (plus 9.5% superannuation), depending upon experience. Attractive housing and salary sacrifice arrangements available. Five weeks annual leave.
Applications close: 9am, 7 August 2017.
To apply, please send a cover letter and c.v. only, to Chuck Berger, Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Principal Solicitor application”
Questions: Please contact Chuck Berger on 0417 447599 / email@example.com.
KCLS is a exciting place for undertaking volunteer work and has extensive experience in hosting students and graduates.
There isn’t a typical day at KCLS, because there’s always so much going on.
KCLS solicitors make weekly outreach trips to Wyndham to run a drop-in service and to visit clients in their homes. Days in the office involve: assisting clients through the drop-in service, formal appointments and home visits; transporting clients from home to the Department of Housing or Centrelink; attending court; working on files by drafting letters and documents; making ‘phone calls; researching and observing staff meetings and meetings with local service providers such as the Arts Law Centre or Knowmore.
Interns can be involved in everything that KCLS does, including writing submissions to government inquiries and lobbying the State government for policy changes.
KCLS works hard to ensure that interns gain as much experience and as many skills as possible. There's scope to pursue a personal area of interest and placements can be counted towards Practical Legal Training.
(Stephanie Treifus, Aurora Intern, adapted from KCLS Annual Report 2014-2015)
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