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.