Entries by AusPBC

The incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is a national disgrace – what can pro bono lawyers do?

The ALRC Report Pathways to Justice – Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders makes a series of recommendations on how to tackle what is a national disgrace. Lawyers who do pro bono work are motivated to further social justice and address unmet legal need. So what can we do?

The answer is: more than you might think.

Technology to tackle exploitation of foreign workers

Last month, we wrote about wage theft and the firms undertaking pro bono legal work to secure justice for exploited temporary migrant workers. Shortly afterwards, 4Corners aired an investigation into modern slavery happening inside Canberra’s embassies and the foreign workers that are tricked into inhumane conditions as domestic servants in the nation’s capital. With the plight of temporary migrant workers increasingly under the spotlight, the Diplomacy Training Program’s (DTP) Migrant Worker International Law Reference Tool is a timely resource for advocates.

Case study: Melbourne’s new employment law clinic – a pro bono partnership increasing capacity to address unmet legal need

Ashika* lost her job when she refused to give up her employee status for an independent contracting arrangement with the same business. Feeling that she’d been wronged but not knowing what she could do about the situation, she came to Inner Melbourne Community Legal (IMCL). When IMCL partnered with Clayton Utz to launch a fortnightly employment law clinic, the idea was to create a sustainable solution.

Q&A with Joanne Sharah, Sharah & Associates

To round off our series of interviews with Target Signatories, for this edition we caught up with 2017 Law Society President’s Award nominee, Joanne Sharah. Each year the Law Society presents the Award to a member of its Pro Bono Scheme in recognition of the outstanding pro bono work they have done through the Scheme.

Joanne is principal of Sharah and Associates, a small firm based in Sydney’s inner west.