Meet the First Nations Women's Legal Program
Presented by: Taritah Daugherty – Community Outreach Officer, FNWLP
This special program aims to support and meet the legal needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Developed in 1995, in consultation with Aboriginal women the program receives guidance and feedback from the Aboriginal Women’s Consultation Network, ensuring that services are culturally appropriate.
The First Nations Women’s Legal Program (FNWLP) is staffed by Aboriginal women and offers free legal advice via an advice line and outreach clinics; assistance in finding a lawyer; training and community workshops across NSW; resources and information. we also provide an overview of The Indigenous List at the Sydney Registry.
Broadcast: 13 September 2023
Recent reforms to the sexual harassment framework
Presented by: Ruby Catsanos – Solicitor, Working Women’s Legal Service (WWLS)
The implementation of the recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission Respect@Work report has seen significant reforms to Australia’s sexual harassment framework. This webinar looks at the major changes to the legislation, which include increased obligations on employers to maintain workplaces free from sexual harassment and expanded options for resolving sexual harassment complaints.
Broadcast: 9 August 2023
NSW’s first specialist criminal legal service for women
Presented by: Laura Russell – Criminal Solicitor, Homeless Person’s Legal Service
This webinar looks at a pilot program for a specialist criminal legal service for women who are victim-survivors of DFSV. The pilot provides free casework and advice to women charged with criminal offences. Noting the increase in incarceration of women and the growing body of work examining the nexus between domestic and family violence, sexual assault, homelessness and the criminalisation of women, the pilot hopes to demonstrate that a fully funded service such as this is needed.
Broadcast: 5 July 2023
Understanding the expansion of the Immigration Family Violence Provisions
Presented by: Ann Emmanuel, Senior Solicitor and Sarah Akanda, Solicitor – IARC
This webinar explains the recent expansion of the evidence victim-survivors of family violence can provide to continue with certain visa applications. The changes allow for more support services to provide documents in support of a family violence claim, as well as expanding the kinds of documents that can be provided. The Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) joined us to explain these changes, which will help to reduce additional barriers faced by some victim-survivors with immigration and visa issues.
Broadcast: 7 June 2023
Getting to Know the Sex Worker Legal Service
Presented by: Madeline – Solicitor and Claudia – PLT Student, Inner City Legal Centre and Joanna – Co-CEO Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)
The Sex Worker Legal Service (SWLS) is a state-wide service run by Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) for sex workers in NSW. This webinar will provide an overview of the main legal issues facing sex workers and common barriers to accessing justice. It will highlight how the SWLS can assist sex workers with these matters and the best ways to make a referral to the service.
Broadcast: 10 May 2023
Accessing the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme
Presented by: Brendan Delahunty – Manager, Reparations & Strategic Projects, and Mary van Reyk – Senior Project Officer, Aboriginal Affairs and Lyn Carriage – Wodi Wodi/ Wandandian woman from the South Coast and Solicitor, Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities, Legal Aid NSW
This webinar gives an overview of the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme. Applications to the scheme have been extended to 30 June 2023 and this webinar provides information about eligibility criteria, the application process and the support services that are available to assist applicants when applying to the scheme or requesting a review.
Broadcast: 5 April 2023
Understanding the work of the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCASs)
Presented by: Dr Bridget Mottram – Senior Policy Officer – WDVCAS Program, DV NSW
Domestic Violence NSW will join us to explain the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services, what they do, how they fit into the larger Safer Pathway structure, their relationships with the court, police, and other services, and how people can help their clients access their services.
Broadcast: 15 March 2023
Legal options for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Presented by: Emily Hirst-Johnson, Lawyer and Alexis Polidano, Senior Lawyer, Knowmore
In this presentation lawyers from Knowmore Legal Service explain the legal options available to survivors of child sexual abuse to receive compensation or redress. The presentation covers the Natioanl Redress Shceme, Victims Services and civil claims.
Broadcast: 8 February 2023
Beyond Employment: Sexual Harassment in Everyday Life
Presented by: Fiona Duane – Solicitor, Sexual Harassment Legal Service, Kingsford Legal Centre Arden Hechenberger and Alice Loveday – Students, Kingsford Legal Centre
We often discuss sexual harassment in the context of employment and within the workplace. This Ask Lois seminar will consider the other situations in which sexual harassment can occur, including schools, universities and in the provisions of goods and services.
Broadcast: 2 November 2022
Subpoenas and Record Keeping
Presented by: Kellie McDonald – Senior Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
Are you worried about what to do if you receive a subpoena? Learn about how to prepare for, and respond to, subpoenas.
Broadcast: 12 October 2022
A conversation about coercive control.
Presented by: Rosetta Lee – Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
This webinar looks at what coercive control is and the ways in which it is relevant to legal issues, particularly in relation to ADVOs and fears of the victim. There is some focus on how and what to ask clients about coercive control, as well as how to document it including some file-noting tips for community workers. This webinar also discusses how coercive control is about context and culture.
Broadcast: 7 September 2022
What happens when solicitors and social workers team up?
Presented by: Gab Craig – Assistant Principal Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
There are many benefits to solicitors and social workers working together, particularly when both are operating in-house to support the same client.
This webinar explores the legal, professional and ethical duties of each role and how they interact.