TRIAL ADVOCATE, CRIMINAL LAW PRACTICE
FULLTIME, 12-MONTH ROLE
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 focussed; 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
Perform responsibilities to a high standard within agreed timelines and in line with ALS vision, mission and values.
- Act in the more complex and difficult criminal cases and prepare and research representation of Aboriginal clients in these criminal matters;
- Represent Aboriginal clients before the criminal justice system in the Local, Children’s, District and other courts or tribunals as directed by your Supervisor;
- Actively engage as a mentor less experienced ALS solicitors regarding law and procedure and assist them in the preparation of their cases;
- Prepare and deliver ‘continuing legal education’ papers at in-house training conferences;
- Maintain an up-to-date and expert knowledge of relevant criminal law legislation, case law and court procedures;
- Demonstrate continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff; as an employee of the ALS, continue to learn about the customs and history of local Aboriginal people;
Your Skills and Experience
To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:
- 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.
- Legal qualifications and a NSW Practising Certificate with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a Criminal Law practice.
- Sound knowledge of and demonstrated experience in conducting high quality carriage of a committals practice combined with serious criminal hearing work.
- Commitment to the principles of social justice and demonstrated ability to represent Aboriginal clients and undertake an advocacy role before Courts or Tribunals.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to provide quality representation in a high-volume work environment.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to conduct community legal education and to prepare court documents, correspondence, submissions and other written materials.
- A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes
How to apply
To obtain a copy of the application package for this role please click here.
Please submit your application to Sheri Misaghi at [email protected].
Applications for this position close at 5 pm on Wednesday, 2 June 2021.
Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to apply.