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FLAC is seeking a dynamic individual to play a key role in operating PILA’s Pro Bono Referral Scheme and raising awareness on public interest law issues.

Pro Bono Referral Scheme:

  • Work closely with new and existing NGOs, community groups and independent law centres to develop membership and identify unmet legal need.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with the legal profession to support provision of pro bono legal assistance.
  • Deliver high quality pro bono referrals from start to finish, including scoping and structuring pro bono requests, placing referrals with the right legal expertise and providing on-going support.
  • Identify and pursue strategic litigation opportunities that advance law in the public interest.
  • Support the development and implementation of Impact Projects with partner law firms.
  • Identify and facilitate new and existing Law Reform Working Groups.
  • Plan and organise Legal Education Sessions for partner NGOs.

Barriers to Public Interest Litigation:

  • Actively participate in raising awareness and seeking address of barriers to public interest litigation.
  • Conduct research and assist in the formulation of policy on barriers to public interest litigation.
  • Develop materials and resources on barriers to public interest litigation.

Events and communications

  • Design and host seminars, roundtables and events targeting key themes for NGOs, lawyers and law students.
  • Assist with the preparation and editing of the fortnightly PILA Bulletin.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree in law or a related field.
  • Experience as a solicitor or barrister is desirable.
  • Relevant work experience, preferably in a legal or NGO environment.
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic and a passion for social justice.
  • Proven ability to form and maintain diverse strategic relationships.
  • Excellent people skills, including organising and networking.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including research and writing.
  • Strong knowledge of access to justice issues, public interest law and human rights.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Closing dates for receipt of applications is 6th June 2023. A CV and covering letter should be sent to FLAC is an equal opportunities employer.