Upcoming Justice Innovation Events

The ACJI events program provides opportunities for the community to hear from thought leaders in justice innovation. ACJI has the following exciting events coming up:

The School Lawyer Program: Providing accessible legal services to young people

Presented by Vincent Shin, Shorna Moore, Monique Hurley and Semisi Kailahi.

ACJI has collaborated with the Progressive Law Network to host a public lecture on the School Lawyer Program. This innovative program improves access to justice by providing accessible legal services to young people within their school community.

The program has assisted students and parents with a broad range of legal issues including consumer law problems, criminal law matters, family law and family violence matters, homelessness, fines, and employment law problems.The program also provides legal education to students, which helps to prevent legal issues that may impact their school attendance and performance.

Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
Time: 5.45pm Arrival, 6.00-7.00pm Presentation
Venue: Monash Law Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Vincent Shin image.pngAbout Vincent Shin: In 2015 Vincent stepped into his current role as a School Lawyer. He is employed by Westjustice Community Legal Centre and based 4 days a week at The Grange P12 College in Hoppers Crossing. Vincent is based at the school to provide students legal advice and representation in an Australian first.

Prior to commencing his work as the school lawyer, he worked as a solicitor in a small suburban firm in the areas of family law and family violence.

Whilst studying law he also worked for 3 years as a carer in residential care homes for young people removed by child protection. Alongside this paid work during his degree, he also volunteered as a paralegal and also volunteer lawyer at the then Footscray Community Legal Centre for over 3 years in the areas of consumer law and family violence intervention orders.

Vincent has a Bachelor of Laws(Hons) from Victoria University and was the recipient of the 2016 Modelling a Generous Community Awards from the Commission for Children and Young People and was a finalist in the Young Achiever Alumni Award category at Victoria University’s Alumni Awards 2016.

Vincent’s work was recently featured on the ABC Radio National Law Report program and on Australian Story.

Shoorna MooreAbout Shorna Moore: Shorna Moore is the Director of Policy and Community Development at WEstjustice and the Chair of the School Lawyer Reference Group. Shorna developed the school lawyer model in Victoria and manages the school programs at WEstjustice. Immediately prior to coming to the west, she worked as a lawyer in Civil Litigation at Minter Ellison but her passion for social justice led her to the community legal sector.

Shorna sits on the Board of Wombat Housing and Support Services, is a member of the Wyndham Justice Precinct Steering Group, Wyndham Humanitarian Network, H3 Alliance and is the founder of the School Lawyer Reference Group.
Shorna is the author of the report ‘An Invisible Demographic – Youth and the Law in Melbourne’s West’ (2012), ‘Outer Sight Out Of Justice: Finding pathways to justice for Melbourne’s outer-metropolitan areas’ (2014) and ‘Restoring Financial Safety: Legal Responses to Economic Abuse’ (2015). Her work has been published in a number of professional journals including Parity, Power to Persuade and the Law Institute Journal.

Shorna has an Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University and was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2010. Shorna was awarded the 2010 Dean’s Honour for the Faculty of Business and Economics Monash University. Shorna has also completed a Diploma in Yoga Teaching.


Class actions, litigation funding and access to justice

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) is currently inquiring into access to justice issues arising in connection with class actions and litigation funding. In this lecture, A/Prof Michael Legg (UNSW Law) will address selected questions raised in the VLRC’s discussion paper dealing with the regulation of litigation funders and lawyers, including common fund orders and contingency fees, the certification of class actions and the settlement of class actions.

Commentary will be provided by Dr Tania Penovic (Monash Law) and Mr David Burstyner (Adley Burstyner).

Date: 7 September 2017
Time: 6:00-7:15pm
Venue: Monash Law Chambers
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Michael Legg

About Michael Legg: Michael Legg is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative at UNSW Law. He specialises in civil and regulatory litigation, class actions, and litigation funding.  He is the author of Case Management and Complex Civil Litigation (2011) published by Federation Press, co-author of Annotated Class Actions Legislation (2014) and editor of Resolving Civil Disputes (2016), both published by LexisNexis. His research has been cited in judgments from the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria, and in law reform reports by the Australian Law Reform Commission, NSW Law Reform Commission and Victorian Law Reform Commission. Michael is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Class Actions Committee. Michael has 18 years of experience as a legal practitioner having worked with leading Australian and US law firms.


Responding to the litigant in person challenge: Where to from here?

Presented by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin and Justice Kevin Bell AM

The rise of self-represented litigants has been recognised as a phenomenon across the common law world. The last decade has seen increasing attention given to the issue by policy makers, researchers, lawyers and the judiciary. This discussion will consider the evidence base and responses developed to date and ask, “where should we go from here”? This question will be considered in terms of future directions for research, policy, and practice, with particular reference to Justice Bell’s decision in Matsoukatidou v Yarra Ranges Council [2017] VSC 61.

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017
Time: 5:30-7pm
Venue: Monash Law Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Self-rep litigants event

About Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin: Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Legal Issues Centre, University of Otago New Zealand. Bridgette studied law and political studies at the University of Auckland and has an LLM from Harvard Law School, where she studied as a Frank Knox Fellow. She has worked as an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, a High Court Judges’ Clerk, as a human rights lawyer at Cambodian Defenders Project in Phnom Pehn and as a civil litigation in New Zealand and Australia. In 2015 she completed her PhD examining litigation in person in the New Zealand civil courts. Bridgette’s research has an empirical focus, investigating access to justice, the legal profession, judging, dispute resolution and civil procedure.

About Justice Kevin Bell AM: Justice Kevin Bell AM has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria since2005. Before that, his Honour was a barrister for twenty years, eight as Queens Counsel. He has delivered many leading judgments in the human rights field and the duty of courts towards self-represented persons, including Matsoukatidou v Yarra Ranges Council [2017] VSC 61 (28 February 2017), which examines the subject from the point of view of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic). In the Australia Day Honours List, Justice Bell was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law and the judiciary, human rights and native title, and the community.

We look forward to seeing you at these fantastic events!

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