Senior Solicitor - Wagga Wagga Regional NSW
About The ALS
The ALS aims to provide culturally appropriate information and referral, legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT.
The ALS is committed to achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community. The ALS remains committed to being community focused; being fearless in our advocacy; accountable and ethical and aiming to make a difference to create better futures; while also acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal traditional values and cultural practices.
The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited (ALS) is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The primary objective of the position is to deliver of culturally appropriate legal advice, and representation to clients in accordance with the ALS policies, procedures and guidelines in the criminal practice (EAGP) matters including early intervention and outreach services, community legal education and referrals.
The position holder will work autonomously, seeking the advice and support of the supervising Principal Legal Officer, or their delegate as required and consulting with senior colleagues before determining applications for merit in complex matters.
The position requires a great deal of dedication; a very high level of professionalism and legal acumen; a prodigious aptitude for attention to detail; and a capacity and willingness to function as both a supervisor/mentor and advocate simultaneously, whilst serving Aboriginal clients.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Perform responsibilities to a high standard within agreed timelines and in line with ALS vision, mission and values.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Providing high quality and culturally appropriate legal advice and representation to Aboriginal clients and assisting them in resolving their legal problems and undertaking Court responsibilities
- Providing considered, independent, balanced and professional legal advice
- Working with the supervising solicitor to provide leadership to the team, this may include assisting with management duties
- As required, providing reports and assisting in the preparation submissions for legal reform
- Mentoring and guiding junior solicitors regarding law, procedure and the operations of the ALS
- Supporting other solicitors by acting as a source of specialist advice
- Researching, preparing, and providing representation for Aboriginal clients in complex legal matters and prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel
- Communicating with, taking instructions from, and effectively representing Aboriginal clients who may present as distressed, when the legal concepts involved are complex and difficult for the client to understand
- Effectively balancing the requirements of managing and allocating a busy caseload
- Maintaining all files in an orderly and professional manner, including the recording of all data for statistical purposes
- Effectively utilising systems and technology which have a significant impact on the legal practice; including adapting to new, and enhancing the use of current, systems and technology
- Ensuring good time management skills, updating diaries and schedules as required
- Assisting with the development of submissions on law reform and represent the ALS at meetings, conference and seminars as requested
To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:
- Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal communities combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and staff
- Appropriate legal qualifications and a current Practising Certificate
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience representing clients in the relevant area of law
- Commitment to the principles of social justice
- In-depth knowledge, understanding and of relevant area, including practice and procedure
- Excellent written and oral communication skills combined with strong time management, legal research and problem-solving skills
- Ability to mentor and supervise solicitors
- Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment, applying sound judgement, meeting conflicting deadlines and managing a demanding workload
- A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes
How to apply
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Please submit your application to Christy Cromelin, Administration Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only candidates with completed application packages will be considered.
Applications for this position close at 5 pm on Monday 18 January 2021.