About the role
- Must have or soon will have at least 3 years post-admission experience within Australia. Experience in New South Wale and/or Tasmania highly desirable
- Will play a significant role in access to justice for children and young people.
- Work remotely from anywhere in Tasmania or from YLA’s office at the University of New South Wales Law Faculty, Sydney.
- Fixed- term contract to 30 September 2021 with possibility of extension.
- Full-time (38 hours per week) – will consider flexibility, secondment, part-time and/or job-share.
ABOUT THE ROLE
YLA is an accessible, technology-enabled and highly collaborative service that specialises in preventing and intervening early in young people’s legal problems and connecting young people with legal solutions.
YLA’s civil and administrative law practice is our largest practice area. We also receive a range of family and criminal law enquiries. We have seen a significant rise in demand for our services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the Australian Government has provided additional funding to enhance legal services. New South Wales Attorney-General, Mark Speakman MP, and Tasmanian Attorney-General, Elise Archer MP, have kindly used some of their allocated funding for this role.
The Solicitor will report to and work under the supervision of YLA’s Principal Solicitor and will work closely with YLA’s Director, fellow solicitors, pro bono solicitors, law student volunteers, interns and trainees to provide online and phone-based legal information, advice and assistance. Because YLA’s practice is paperless and delivered via YLA’s bespoke technology platform, collaboration, support and supervision occurs within an Australia-wide online network of lawyers and law student volunteers.
We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all positions.
- Provide timely and accurate legal information, advice and assistance in a range of civil, administrative, criminal, and family law contexts.
- Support the delivery and supervision of quality legal work experience for a team of UNSW PLT and other law student volunteers and interns.
- Help ensure YLA’s legal practice and risk management requirements are met and records are properly maintained.
- Assist with reporting to funding bodies, partners and the Board.
- Assist in the development of YLA’s online legal resources.
- Assist in maintaining and developing relationships with pro bono providers, legal centres, youth organisations, referral agencies and other professional bodies.
- Undertake general administrative duties.
- Such other work as the Board or Management Team may reasonably require.
- Must have, or be eligible for, an unrestricted practicing certificate in an Australian jurisdiction and have, or soon have, 3 years of post-admission experience within Australia.
- Demonstrated experience in providing legal advice and casework in civil and administrative law practice areas relevant to community legal or legal aid services.
- Demonstrated understanding, or the capacity to acquire understanding, in providing legal advice and casework in criminal and family law practice areas relevant to community legal or legal aid services.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with people from diverse backgrounds, including client interviewing and advising.
- Demonstrated ability to draft legal information and advice using plain language.
- Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy, including sound legal research and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work without close supervision, set priorities, organise and manage own workloads and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
- Experience providing legal advice in New South Wales and/or Tasmania, or demonstrated ability to learn quickly and effectively.
- Knowledge of community resources and organisations (legal and non-legal) relevant to the needs of children and young people in New South Wales and/or Tasmania.
- Experience providing legal advice and/or casework in one or more of education law; employment law; anti-discrimination law; consumer, credit and debt law; social security law; fines law; traffic law; children’s law; or family/domestic violence law.
- Ability to support, supervise and train junior lawyers and student volunteers, interns and practical legal trainees.
About the organisation
YLA is a specialist children’s and youth Community Legal Centre (CLC). We provide high quality, free and confidential legal assistance services to children, young people and their advocates nationally in all areas of the law.
YLA aims to enhance children and young people’s access to and engagement with: their legal rights; assistance to exercise these rights; and to remedies when these rights are violated. YLA’s objective is to fulfill these aims by providing appropriate and targeted legal information, advice, education, representation and advocacy.
Pursuing these objectives YLA provides:
- YLA website, the leading community legal information resource for young Australians. The site is an accessible, 24/7 pathway to legal information and assistance: yla.org.au;
- Get help now, the free, confidential legal information, advice and assistance service for all young Australians. Get help now is a clear and timely “next step" for help-seekers on the website: www.lawmail.org.au; and
- TeachLaw, a new community legal education resource for teachers and schools across Australia: teachlaw.org.au.
Based at UNSW Law, YLA is an accredited community legal centre and holds specialist consultative status (children’s rights) with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
How to apply
Applications not allowed for this job listing.
Please quote in application: Solicitor for NSW and Tasmania via Pro Bono Australia.