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CLCs galvanised into action to #unlockthelaw

For many people in our society, community legal centres function as a symbol of access to justice, the rule of law, community development and the defender of individual human rights. But now their role in the community is under threat with proposed $43 million dollar cuts from the Federal Government announced late last year.

That’s stung the national community law sector into response. They launched a National Day of Action for Community Legal Centres in early April this year, promising to uphold their commitment to “unlock the law” for the large numbers of people who cannot afford legal representation, but do not qualify for Legal Aid.

Rachel Worsley reports.

Photo Credit: Clyde Robinson/flickr

Note: This is the national version of a story I did for Razors Edge earlier, which focused on Sydney-based CLCs rather than rural or other states.

Legally Student: Lachlan Daly

 

Welcome to this special edition of Legally Student, where we speak to law students working at community legal centres. This is to tie into the National Day of Action for Community Legal Centres that was held on 3rd April 2014.
Lachlan Daly is a fifth year law student at Macquarie University looking to blaze a social justice path in his legal career. He’s volunteering one day a week at the Welfare Rights Centre based in Surry Hills, with only 8 full-time staff and 1-2 student volunteers per shift. And he’s the first point of contact when people call up with legal issues, where he summarises their case and passes it on to the relevant caseworker.

Rachel Worsley asked Lachlan what it was like to be on the frontline of a community legal centre, and why community legal services remain as important as ever.

Legally Student: Jenny Tridgell

 

There’s no doubting that third year Macquarie University law and politics student Jenny Tridgell has social justice in her blood. In her second year she was part of the executive for Macquarie University Students for Community Legal Engagement, otherwise known as MUSCLE. This year she is the Social Justice Director at the Macquarie University Law Society. Over her time in law school, she has planned many social justice events including panels featuring social justice lawyers and hopes to one day hold a Social Justice Careers Fair to better promote careers in the law outside of the traditional commercial law path.

She spoke with Rachel Worsley at her home turf, Macquarie University.

Broadcast on 16 April 2014.

Legally Student: Alix Piatek

 

Law and journalism often make good company, but few can imagine the path of one particular law student who has embodied every facet of that delicate balance between the two disciplines. Alix Piatek is in her final year of a law/journalism degree, and has worked as a barrister’s assistant, a political fact-checker, a writer for legal publication Justinian and now a producer on SBS’s talk show Insight. She talks to Rachel Worsley about how she straddles the divide.

 

Music: Prelude No.15 by Frederic Chopin.

Legally Student: Vail Bromberger

Fierce debater and aspiring lawyer Vail Bromberger     ( BROHM- BERGER)   is only in her second year of a straight law degree at the University of Technology Sydney.

But she’s not afraid to voice her views.

Reporter Rachel Worsley speaks to her about her law school life, and for her,  how the worlds of fiction and reality collide…. in the legal profession.

Legally Student: Karina Marlow

It may be a cliché to say that most law students are inspired by Atticus Finch, the quintessential lawyer in Harper Lee’s famous classic ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ But for Karina Marlow, a third year law and media student at Macquarie University, it has been a guiding path to the way she envisions the practice of law. She speaks to Rachel Worsley about the law school experience.

Legally Student: Virat Nehru

Virat Nehru calls himself a jack of all trades, as he juggles his media and law studies at the University of Sydney with writing his first novel and interviewing lawyers about their experience. He speaks to reporter Rachel Worsley about the interplay between the law and morality in the criminal law, the ever difficult questions of lawyer’s ethics and why he likes about the law, even if it wasn’t always his first choice.

Aired 30th January 2014 on Radio Atticus for 2ser 107.3FM