SOLICITOR - Numerous opportunities for Graduates to Level 1
The ALS will have numerous opportunities over the next 12 months and we are building an eligibility list. We will have both full time permanent and full time temporary assignments in Metro and Regional areas. It's a great opportunity to experience regional/outback living and provide essential legal services to the Aboriginal community. Roles in outback areas (Broken Hill, Walgett, Bourke & Moree) will also attract a Remote Allowance. Come join us and make a difference.
Numerous Locations: Armidale, Tamworth, Moree, Walgett, Bourke, Broken Hill, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Bathurst, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Redfern, Newcastle, Nowra, Moruya, Parramatta, Lismore, Kempsey
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 responsibility of the Solicitor, Criminal Law Practice is to provide high quality and culturally appropriate legal advice and representation to Aboriginal clients, assisting them resolve their legal problems. Solicitors are required to undertake court responsibilities in the Local Courts, Children's Court and/or Court Circuit, as directed.
- Provide considered, independent, balanced and professional criminal law advice
- Research, prepare and provide representation for Aboriginal clients in Criminal Law matters
- Prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel
- Manage a busy case load with competing priorities
- Maintain an up to date knowledge of a diverse range of criminal legislation, case law and court procedures
- Demonstrate continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities, Directors and staff
- Provide legal advice and assistance through the Custody Notification Service (CNS)
- Assist with the development of submissions on law reform and represent ALS at meetings, conferences and seminars as directed
- Maintain all files and data in an orderly and professional manner
Your Skills and Experience
- 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
- Legal qualifications and a NSW Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately)
- Up-to-date knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure
- Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islanders peoples
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and time management skills;
- Computer literacy and capacity to generate legal correspondence
- Current valid NSW Drivers license and a willingness to drive in metro and country locations, travel interstate and stay overnight or longer
How to apply
To download the application package for this position please click here.
Please submit your application to Shaun Mortimer, Deputy Principal Solicitor (Regional), [email protected]
Only candidates with completed application packages will be considered.
Applications for this position close at 5 pm on Friday, 15 October 2021
Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to apply.