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1 Management Committee Members Introduction to CLCs 6 June 2013

2  A “snapshot” of the Community Legal Sector  CLCNSW  Justice Sector Agencies  Current issues  A brief overview of the role of the management committee  Questions

3 Let’s go back to the beginning…

4 Where and when was the first community legal centre in Australia established?

5 Fitzroy Legal Centre in Melbourne, Victoria 18 December 1972

6 Name one reason why CLCs came into existence.

7 Primarily because of a concern that many people in the community were unable to access legal assistance because of costs or other barriers. CLCs developed with a philosophy of holistic and accessible service provision.

8 What is a CLC?  A non profit organisation independent from government, commercial and professional bodies  Community-based organisation whose goals and priorities are established in response to the geographic community and/or community of interest it serves.

9 What is a CLC?  Aims to: ◦ carry on a legal practice ◦ develop effective ways of informing the community of its legal rights and responsibilities ◦ provide disadvantaged sections of the community with access to legal and related information and/or services ◦ advocate for the development of laws, administrative practices and a legal justice system which are fair, just and equitable ◦ develop and maintain close links with the community it serves to ensure that areas of unmet need are detected and appropriate services developed

10 A brief history of CLCs ◦ Social justice movement in early 1970s ◦ Volunteer-run free legal information and advice ◦ 1977: first CLC in Redfern

11 Funding of CLCs ◦ Commonwealth ◦ State ◦ Public Purpose Fund ◦ Other sources (Fair Trading) ◦ Managed by Legal Aid NSW

12 Areas of work/staffing in CLCs ◦ Civil ◦ Family ◦ Criminal ◦ Principal Solicitor / Coordinator ◦ Solicitors / Community workers

13 Membership ◦ 37 full members (CLCs) ◦ 3 associate members

14 Board and Committees ◦ Board ◦ Subcommittees:  Finance  Staffing  Aboriginal Legal Access Program  Sector Development  Membership compliance

15 State Office ◦ Director ◦ ALAP Community Development Worker ◦ Regional Accreditation Coordinator ◦ Advocacy & Human Rights Officer ◦ Sector Development Coordinator ◦ Administrator ◦ Finance Officer ◦ Volunteers (interns, including PLT students)

16  Aboriginal Legal Access Program  Accreditation  Advocacy and Human Rights  Sector Development

17  Held February, May, August, November  2 day meetings  Network meetings and professional development sessions  Includes General Meetings at end of second day  Legal Training Day and Leadership Day

18  Practice Insurance Committee (PII)  Coordinators/Directors/Sector Development  Law Reform & Policy (which has a number of working groups)  RRR (Rural, Regional, Remote)  Aboriginal Advisory Group  Community Legal Education workers (CLEW)  Administrators and Finance  Domestic Violence and Victims Compensation committee.

19  There are two meetings at each quarterlies for which the CLCNSW Rules requires each member CLC to send a representative.  PII and General Meetings.

20 NACLC: National Association of Community Legal Centres Peak body for all CLCs in Australia. CLCNSW is NSW member.

21 NLAF NSW Legal Assistance Forum  An interagency forum that brings together key legal service providers across government, non government and private sectors.  NLAF aims to facilitate access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people by: ◦ improving the way services and programs are designed and delivered ◦ promoting cooperative arrangements and collaboration between organisations within the community and justice sectors ◦ promoting the development of innovative ways of servicing marginalised groups in the community, based on relevant research and identified gaps in existing legal services.

22  Legal Aid NSW  Law & Justice Foundation  Law Society  Department of Attorney General and Justice  Bar Association  Pro bono partners

23  Rollover of funding agreements  Funding principles

24  Governance versus Management  Governance is the work of the Board, day to day management is the work of Coordinator / Principal Solicitor / staff

25  Constitution - mission, purpose & objects  Do you have a copy / know what’s in the constitution?  Mission – what / how / why and “core value”  Does the mission statement truly reflect the Centre’s work?  Review regularly (annually?)

26  Legal and ethical responsibilities  Ensure adhere to Federal / State law  Effective HR, WH&S policies  Conflict of interest policy – Board, management, staff, volunteers  Understand Coordinator’s responsibility to hire / fire staff

27  Strategic planning  Ensure effective planning  Regular review of programs and services  SWOT  Translate mission into realistic & effective goals  Reporting processes against plan

28  Accreditation  Understand and support the NACLC accreditation scheme

29  Resources – financial and people  Oversee adequacy / funding / new opportunities  Annual budget process – discuss / understand / oversight  Financial reporting procedures  Support Coordinator / Principal Solicitor

30  Public relations, promotion and committee/board membership  Ambassador for Centre

31  Governance training  CLCNSW is able to provide this to all CLC MCs in NSW  Contact State Office for more information.

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