Careers

(1) VACANCY: LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer

About you

You are an energetic, organised and experienced lawyer with a passion for LGBTIQ+ social justice and legal issues. You have experience working in across a number of relevant areas, including fines, debts, guardianship/administration, VOCAT, family violence, criminal law, and discrimination law, or you have the proven ability to be able to learn these areas of law and practice quickly.

You are proactive, friendly, and ready to work within a small team of staff and volunteers, as well as quickly and easily establish relationships with outreach partner organisations. You are able to develop file management systems and processes that work for you, working with at time limited administrative resources. You are also willing to learn and grow in aspects relating your job which you might not be familiar with.

About this opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to provide a high quality, safe and accessible legal service to the Victorian LGBTIQ community, with a particular focus on the trans and gender diverse community. People who identify as trans or gender diverse are encouraged to apply.

The LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer will be expected to run casework in diverse areas of law including summary crime, fines, family violence, civil debts, victims of crime and discrimination law, in accordance with Service casework guidelines.

The LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer will be expected to work closely with outreach partner caseworkers, relevant community organisations and private firms providing pro bono assistance, and the generalist legal team at St Kilda Legal Service. This is with the aim of providing a more holistic, and connected, legal service to the LGBTIQ community.

The position description is here: 190604-LGBTIQ Lawyer 2-FINAL

What do you need?

 Current legal practising certificate and at least 1 year post admission experience in the areas of criminal law, family law, administrative law and/or civil litigation in Victoria. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate experience running a generalist practice encompassing two or more of these practice areas.
 Proven experience independently conducting legal casework (family, criminal, or family), from commencement to conclusion, and experience of having carriage of litigious matters in various jurisdictions, or the proven ability to quickly learn these skills across a number of practice areas.
 Ability to work with minimal supervision, particularly in an outreach location, managing competing demands.
 Experience working with vulnerable clients including clients who identify as LGBTIQ, people living with HIV, those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, suffering from mental illness, substance abuse issues, and/or people experiencing or at risk of homeless.
 Well-developed ability to communicate complex legal information simply and effectively, both in written form and via presentation to clients with limited literacy, and/or who are experiencing trauma.

How to apply: In order to be considered, you must address all selection criteria in your application. Please email your resume, together with a brief introductory cover letter and a response of up to 3 pages addressing the selection criteria, to the Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer at info@skls.org.au using the subject line: LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer application via SKLS website by midnight Wednesday 21 June 2019.

(2) OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer Lawyers – Night Service 

St Kilda Legal is a generalist community legal centre that provides free legal advice, referral and casework services to the local community, with a focus on assisting people experiencing disadvantage.  We run our Night Service on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7-9pm and are looking to recruit volunteer lawyers to our Night Service Sessions.

Specifically we are looking for people who have:

  • A Current Practising Certificate or are eligible to obtain one;
  • At least two years of post-Admission experience;
  • Experience in either:
    • General Practice;
    • Family Law;
    • Employment Law;
  • Capacity to attend a night service session either weekly or fortnightly for 2-3 hours on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday; with a preference for some specialities to go on particular nights.
  • Previous experience working or volunteering with vulnerable and low income people is welcome.
  • Ideally you will live or work within a convenient commute to our St Kilda office.

How to apply?

We review and interview candidates as applications are received, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please email through a resume and brief Expression of Interest to: Anthea Teakle, Volunteer & Night Service Co-ordinator – anthea@skls.org.au  using the subject line: Volunteer Night Service Lawyer

(3) OPPORTUNITY: Practical Legal Trainee (PLT) placements

St Kilda Legal is a generalist community legal centre that provides free legal advice, referral and casework services to the local community, with a focus on assisting people experiencing disadvantage. We also undertake community legal education, policy development and advocate for law reform. PLTs will likely assist across all areas of our work during the course of a placement.

What would a PLT placement at SKLS look like?

As a PLT with SKLS, you will receive training and supervision and will gain experience in working with clients with a broad range of legal needs.

You will have the opportunity to participate in:
• drafting legal correspondence and court documents;
• assisting in client interviews;
• legal and policy research;
• filing and file summaries; and
• administrative work

PLT placements are unpaid positions. Our office is based in Balaclava, and if accepted, a placement could commence as soon as possible. We have a preference for 75-day placements, at a frequency of 2-3 days/week.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed on:
• a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, social justice
• organisational skills
• written and verbal communication skills
• ability to work as part of a team

How to apply?

We review and interview candidates as applications are received, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please email your resume, together with a cover letter and a statement of results to the Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer at info@skls.org.au, using the subject line: PLT application via SKLS Website.