As a secondee, you’ll be helping us improve access to justice in Australia. The work includes assessing inquiries for assistance, researching and preparing pro bono referrals to our members, preparing law reform submissions and supporting the establishment of innovative projects to address unmet legal need.
You’ll come up with creative solutions for clients seeking legal assistance and build a generalist knowledge of the law and litigation processes in various jurisdictions. You’ll also develop excellent communication and file management skills.
In the course of their referral casework, secondees at Justice Connect take detailed instructions from clients, liaise with courts and government agencies, prepare briefs to counsel and research and draft referral memoranda. In some circumstances secondees may have opportunities to attend conferences between counsel and clients and may also attend court as observers.
Depending on your interest and level of experience, there may be scope to provide telephone advice to not-for-profits through PilchConnect.
Our secondees report improvements in the following skill areas:
Secondees also build knowledge and understanding of:
Secondees are given a degree of autonomy over their client work that allows them to think creatively, juggle multiple demanding client files and develop their professional judgment in an environment where commercial relationships are not at stake.
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or contact your firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator
“The secondment was a wonderful opportunity for me to be immersed in community and pro bono work. I was able to bring knowledge back to the [Russell Kennedy] about areas of need in the community.”
Sophia McNamara, Russell Kennedy
“I enjoyed so many things – the interesting and diverse range of matters, working with a large range of people and organisations, utilising a different skill set and working alongside a very passionate and committed bunch of people.”
Dan Creasey, DLA Piper