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KWM launches virtual law internship

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has become the first law firm in Australia to offer a virtual law internship.<p>The program has received overwhelming …

MBA

Victorian Opposition proposes bail, sentencing changes to target repeat offenders

The Victorian Opposition wants to scrap concurrent jail sentences for people who commit serious offences while on parole or bail, as the state …

Justice

Teenagers held in isolated cells for more than 250 days in Western Australia

Amnesty International calls for unit in youth detention centre to close, saying treatment may breach international law<p>Two teenagers have been in isolated cells in a Perth youth detention centre for more than 250 days, and three allegedly subjected to extended periods of solitary confinement, …

Injustice

2018 Prediction – Lawyers Must Change How They Work

My 2018 prediction for the legal market is as much edict as prediction: lawyers must change how they work.[A similar version of this prediction was …

Intelligence

Melbourne's Sudanese community reclaims 'African gangs' slight in powerful campaign

The pictures show families celebrating, and there is plenty to toast: weddings, graduation ceremonies, exciting careers, family dinners, and the most …

Africa

VLA applauds Supreme Court decision on child protection

more from lawyers weekly<p>Jan 15 2018<p>An Adelaide barrister has been appointed deputy president of the South Australian Employment Tribuna...<p>Jan 12 …

Judiciary

'Help us': the purgatory of Manus made in Australia

The government’s cruelty has cut the refugees off from the countries of their birth but left them unable to reach the countries of their dreams<p>Beyond the wire: the voices from Manus<p>Towards the end of last year, I travelled to two very different sites of refugee despair. The first was the vast …

Refugees

Grad recruitment bolstered with launch of Aus’ ‘first virtual law internship’

more from lawyers weekly<p>Jan 12 2018<p>Promoted by Law In Order The outlook for early adopters of e-discovery in legal looks bright in 2...<p>Jan 11 2018<p>The …

Judiciary

Child protection program could expand across Victoria

Pilot program based in Bendigo could ease pressure on child protection system across the state.

Rights & Freedoms

Experts sound alarm as biometric data from driver's licences added to government database

Your face is becoming the latest weapon in the world of digital surveillance, and the humble driver's licence looms as a game-changer in tracking …

Surveillance

Dumping Australia Day: Five years on, Flinders Island wants others to do the same

Remember when Fremantle council in Western Australia axed its Australia Day festivities and sparked a nation-wide debate?<p>And remember when Flinders …

Australia

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2017 Law Grads Provided $82 Million in Pro Bono Work | Law.com

Emily Robinson, right, co-director, Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, interviews a client at Los Angeles’ Dolores Mission Church, where the clinic …

U2

New $45m plan to 'turn the tap off homelessness'

The Andrews Government on Saturday announced a raft of measures aimed at intervening early in the cycle of homelessness, particularly in high-need …

Housing

Vital the rule of law is upheld despite warring words

Ensuring the rule of law is respected and maintained is vital to the strength of Australia’s legal system, the Law Council of Australia has …

Judiciary

Law body worried over attack on judiciary as Dutton steps up 'African gangs' rhetoric

While not singling the minister out, Victorian legal association says the criticism of its system is ‘totally inappropriate and without foundation’<p>The Law Institute of Victoria has said it is “extremely concerned” about political attacks on the judiciary after the federal home affairs minister, …

Peter Dutton

Contributions to religious freedom review could be kept under wraps

Philip Ruddock, a former federal attorney-general who currently serves as the mayor of Hornsby, has been appointed chair to an expert panel examining …

Equality

A trial run

<i>By Bess Keaney</i><p><b>On the occasion of Melbourne Law School’s 160th anniversary, MLS News takes a look at mooting – the traditional sport of law students</b> …

Australian Universities

Is this the easiest way to discredit a woman?

The front page of Monday's <i>Herald Sun</i> was dominated by a photo of Tessa Sullivan in a bikini. The caption above it read "Lord Mayor Probe Bombshell" …

Feminism

The outcry over the 'mental impairment' defence

There’s a public perception right now that serious offenders are abusing their rights, and falsely claiming mental impairment in court in order to …

Crime

Important things to be aware of before stepping into the family court

Stepping into the Family Court can be a trying experience. Nerves are high, the stakes are high and for someone who has never spent time in a …

Foreign donation and charity law changes 'likely' to face high court challenge

Human Rights Law Centre examining bill’s legality and says it could go against freedom of political communication<p>The Australian government’s proposed ban on foreign donations and new disclosure requirements for political campaigners are “likely” to face a constitutional challenge, the Human Rights …

Rights & Freedoms

Tenancy law reform urgently required to help domestic and family violence victims

Domestic and family violence in Australia is widespread.<p>More than a third of women who've had an intimate partner have experienced at least one act …

Canberra

Criminals pleading guilty much earlier in new kind of court

A new kind of court will help clear case backlogs by discouraging last-minute guilty pleas, a NSW trial suggests.<p>But the NSW Bar Association has said …

Judiciary

There are votes in race-baiting and that's a stain on us all

About 10 years ago, we spent some time living in Moorooka while our old Queenslander was renovated. There were a lot of African families living out …

Peter Dutton

Ending Family Violence

Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council provides independent research and advice, seeks public views and promotes community understanding of …

Prison

Indigenous dole scheme participants slapped with 350,000 fines in two years

The Turnbull Government's Indigenous work-for-the-dole scheme has slapped more than 350,000 fines on participants in just two years.<p>The Community …

Indigenous Peoples

Encouraging results in child protection pilot programs

Monday, 8 January 2018<p>An evaluation of an ambitious collaboration between Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and two community legal centres (CLCs) has found …

Child Protection

Work-for-the-Dole Under Fire, $110M Mental Health Boost and Predictions for 2018

9 January | <b>Social sector news</b><p>Editor's note<p>Happy New Year to all our readers and welcome to the first news edition of 2018. In this edition, the …

Sustainable Development Goals