The 2015 AGM celebrated some of the milestones which have helped shape our service over the last
This year the partnership between SMLS and South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) turn 20 years old. In recognition of this significant milestone, and their contribution to the partnership
since the beginning, we honoured SECASA manager Carolyn Worth OAM and SECASA staff member Meg Butterfield.
Carolyn Worth has been manager of SECASA for 21 years. Carolyn was instrumental in the formation of the partnership with SMLS, noting the importance of a specialised sexual assault legal clinic for those having to navigate the legal system amidst complex and sensitive personal hardship.
Meg began her journey with SECASA and SMLS as a student of the Monash University professional practice unit. Following university, she embarked on her legal professional career elsewhere but soon returned to continue her work at SECASA.
This year also marks forty years of the Monash University Clinical Programs. The Programs provide (in the SMLS context) an introduction and illumination of law practice. It also provides them with an introduction to social justice values. The programs enable us to increase service capacity for our community.
Last, but not least, we announced the appointment of Honourable Justice Shane Marshall who will serve as our inaugural patron.
Above: Carolyn Worth OAM and Meg Butterfield
From left: Justice Shane Marshall, SMLS Chair David Starvaggi, and SMLS Executive Director Kristen Wallwork