SOLICITOR - Kununurra - closing 5pm (AWST) Wednesday 23 January 2019
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.
We are seeking an experienced full-time Solicitor to join our Kununurra team. As a solicitor you will assist clients with a wide range of civil and family law matters, including tenancy, child protection, family violence, credit and debt, public benefits, compensation and redress claims, and others. You will work closely with our client advocates, who provide intensive support to clients with complex tenancy and family violence support needs. You will have responsibility for one of our outreach regions across the East Kimberley, and will also work with the team on community education and systemic reform projects.
Kununurra is a diverse, welcoming town of 7,000 people in one of Australia’s most iconic natural landscapes. With a vibrant, outdoors-oriented lifestyle and a strong sense of community, life in the East Kimberley is full of opportunities for natural and cultural connection.
The successful applicant will have at least 1 and preferably 3+ years experience in civil and/or family legal practice, and must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Experience in remote settings and with Aboriginal communities is a strong plus. An unrestricted practicing certificate is a strong plus but not a requirement. The applicant will be committed to meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged in the community, will have the ability to engage clients with empathy, and will be comfortable acting in remote environments.
This is a full-time appointment.
Salary: from $80,000 depending on experience. Attractive housing and salary sacrifice arrangements available. Five weeks annual leave.
How to apply for this job
To apply, send a cover letter and c.v. to email@example.com no later than 5pm, Wednesday, 23 January. Late applications will not be accepted. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged.
Questions: Please contact Hannah Levy on (08) 9169 3100
Applications close: 5pm (AWST), 23 January 2019.
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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