In 2017, ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and Senator Patrick Dodson established a ground-breaking partnership between the ANU College of Law and the Kimberley Community Legal Service (KCLS). This has created the first full-time remote back-office for a remote area legal service in Australia, delivering valuable support to legal professionals who are stretched beyond measure.
Over 85 per cent of KCLS clients are Aboriginal people struggling with complex legal challenges. Our partnership bolsters the capacity of KCLS to meet this need. Our staff and students support KCLS lawyers and Aboriginal outreach workers in providing free legal help in areas of the law central to basic human rights and dignity: from housing, social security, safety, employment and discrimination, to advocating for systemic change to address structural and intergenerational challenges.
This is case work at its most challenging. It is policy work at the cutting edge. Your support will help to expand this multi-faceted program into the Kimberley Civil Law Clinic. Clinical legal education programs have a transformative impact on law students, but this is just one benefit of this innovative partnership. At its heart is a commitment to ensuring that Aboriginal communities receive maximum beneficial impact and access to justice.
Your philanthropic support will help to provide:
- breakthrough resources for legal help for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley;
- sustained, systemic advocacy for human rights and legal rights; and
- exceptional learning outcomes for ANU students, and the opportunity to become allies for Indigenous justice.