South Eastern Justice

Issue 4, June 2016
In this issue:
  • SMLS Annual General Meeting 2016
  • Legal Services Board announces new grant 'Sporting Change' at SMLS
  • New staff at SMLS 
  • New initiative: SERLAN- South East Regional Legal Assistance Network 
  • Client case study 
  • Legal Advice for Taxi Drivers
Annual General Meeting 2016 
Legal Services Board Grant
'Sporting Change' 
SMLS is excited to announce that we have been funded to deliver a community development project at Narre Warren South P-12 College. Through a human rights lens, SMLS will employ sport as the context to explore with young people, their positive engagement in the community, and learn about their responsibilities with regard to the justice system. 

Over two years, SMLS, working with a range of stakeholders, will work with young people and their families to develop an increased understanding of legal frameworks and their their rights and responsibilities. The project aims to reduce negative interactions between young people and the justice system, help families navigate the justice system and seek help when needed. A community lawyer will be engaged to provide legal mentoring to families and address unmet legal needs.  

Monash Law students completing the Professional Practice unit will engage in the project as mentors to provide appropriate role modelling to encourage positive social choices. 

Follow this link to find out more. 
Goodbyes and Welcomes

SMLS is sad to announce that Kei Judd, our Community Development Worker has moved on. Kei has worked for SMLS for 3 years, and she has made a huge contribution to the local community, as well as the team here at SMLS. We wish her all the best in her new role at the Salvation Army. 
We are excited to welcome new staff to the team.  

Geraldine Carney has recently started as a Professional Practice Clinical Supervisor. Geraldine is a former senior associate from Thompson Geer, working on Workplace Insurance matters. She is currently completing her PHD at Monash University in Japanese studies. 

Ashleigh Newnham, our new Community Development Worker has many years experience in Community Development, working with diverse multicultural  communities locally and overseas.

We are also very happy to welcome back Korina Leoncio, who has returned from maternity leave to her role as a Professional Practice Clinical Supervisor. 

New Collaboration Initiative 

SMLS is a founding member of the South Eastern Regional Legal Assistance Network (SERLAN) which is a network of government and non-government legal service providers including:  

Casey Cardinia Legal Service
Peninsula Community Legal Centre

Springvale Monash Legal Service
St Kilda Legal Service
Victoria Legal Aid (Dandenong and Frankston)

SERLAN’S statement of purpose is to provide collaborative, coordinated and client focused legal assistance in the South East Region of Victoria.
FORUM: SERLAN will be hosting a forum on Wednesday the 30th November, to introduce the network, discuss its foundations and future, and provide professional development on helping clients with fines and infringements for people working in the region.
Watch this space for more information on this network launch! 

Client Story
‘Sam’ is a client in his fifties who arrived in Australia in 1982. Sam is on a low income and did not have comprehensive car insurance when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in which his car was written off. Both Sam and ‘James’, the other party, claimed the accident was the other driver’s fault. Initially, Sam attempted to advocate for himself but came to us for help when James’ insurer claimed that, as they could not determine fault, the case would be closed.

SMLS wrote to James’ insurer advising that Sam’s loss was $1200. When James’ insurer responded that in the absence of a determination of fault each party was to pay their own costs, SMLS filed a dispute with the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) on Sam’s behalf, claiming $1200 from James’ insurer. James’ insurer responded by overturning their original decision and accepting liability for the accident. James’ insurer had Sam’s car assessed for damage and subsequently offered Sam $2300. With SMLS’ assistance Sam was able to recover more than twice the amount of the initial claim from the insurer.


Legal Assistance for Taxi Drivers 

SMLS has received funding to establish as a legal clinic for Taxi Drivers. 
The legal clinic is every Friday morning by appointment. We are also delivering Community Legal Education to Taxi drivers every week. 

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South Eastern Justice, Issue 4, June, 2016.

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