Congratulations to Robina Community Legal Centre who won the Pro Bono Program of the Year Award. The award was announced in Sydney at the Lawyers Weekly Australia Law Awards. Read about it here.
The Cairns Community Legal Centre started the Cairns Mental Health Legal Service. This new service provides advice and assistance via fortnightly clinics at the Cairns Hospital’s Mental Health Unit, including assistance in relation to Involuntary Treatment Orders and ECT Applications. Read about it here.
The LGBTI Legal Service won 'Community Support Group of the Year' at the annual Queen's Ball, a long-running event that celebrates the contributions to the LGBTI community in Queensland.
Eight Queensland CLCs re-certified for a further three years! The roll out of the second cycle of National Accreditation Scheme for Community Legal Centres is making good progress. To date, nine Queensland centres have completed an online self-assessment and site visit assessment. Eight centres have been granted renewal of certification for another three years and will now begin working on the actions set out in their Improvement Plans. Congratulations to these CLCs on their achievements!
The Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) family has grown. Melissa Fritz brings a wealth of experience to the new Advice/Casework Lawyer role, having practiced in family law for 25 years. Nicole Manning will also join WLSQ in her new role as Evening/Casework Lawyer.
On 19 August, the LGBTI Legal Service held its 6th anniversary event with keynote speakers The Hon. Michael Kirby, former justice of the High Court, and local lawyer Stephen Page. The event was an amazing success with over 200 guests including Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath, a number of judges and local members of parliament. The event raised over $5,000 towards the continued operation of the Service.