Broken Hill | Full-time | Permanent (annual remote area allowance)
The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to provide high quality legal advice and representation to clients, to assist them to resolve their legal problems, to undertake negotiations, advocacy and court appearances across a range of criminal courts as required.
Start the new year in a fascinating location!
Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.
This role would suit an experienced Criminal Law Solicitor with capability to mentor and support the local team including junior solicitors, field staff and administrative staff.
About the ALS
Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.
We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.
About the role
This role leads the preparation and research for representation of Aboriginal clients in a wide range of criminal matters, undertakes appearance work, prepares briefs for counsel and attends to instructing counsel as directed. Assists with the development of submissions on law reform and represent the ALS at meetings, conference and seminars as requested.
Works as a collaborative team member with all other legal, field and administrative staff to achieve effective co-ordination in the area office including management, mentoring and continuing legal education for staff.
Your skills and experience
- Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff
- Possession of a current Practising Certificate issued by the Law Society of NSW with 3+ years of demonstrated experience in the application of criminal and representation law combined with accreditation as a Specialist in Criminal Law or a willingness to attain such accreditation
- Proven ability to manage the day to day activities of a legal service office including the supervision of staff, the allocation of work, and management of workloads and regular reviews of performance
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in legal representation for Aboriginal clients in criminal matters and capacity to brief and instruct Counsel
- Knowledge and understanding of relevant criminal law legislation, case law and court proceedings to effectively represent and advocate for Aboriginal clients
- Demonstrated excellence in consultation, interpersonal, influencing, motivational, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, combined with strong people management skills and excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload
- Ability to travel to regional and interstate locations for work purposes
How to apply
Please submit the completed application package to Dominic Holles, A/Deputy Principal Solicitor at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have any enquiries or would like to discuss the role, please contact Ann Pitkeathly, Recruitment Manager at [email protected]
Applications for this position close extended to midnight Monday 5 December.