CLCNSW May 2021 Quarterly


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Back to the future: Community Legal Centres NSW State Conference.

Dates and registration

  • Network meetings: Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 May
    Register now. Registrations close 14 May at 10am. 

  • Yarn Up: Monday 24 May
    Register now. 

  • State Conference - Back to the Future: Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 May
    Register now. Registrations close Tuesday 18 May.

  • Leadership Training Day: Thursday 27 May
    Register now. Registrations close Monday 17 May.

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This May Community Legal Centres NSW's network meetings will continue to be held online, the week prior to our in-person State Conference. Please ensure that you save the session details for the meetings you'd like to attend in your calendar.

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Yarn Up is a forum specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in community legal centres to discuss key policy and practice issues.

This event will be a hybrid of both in-person meeting and online.

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Our 2021 conference program will give you the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, engage in thought-provoking conversations, and skill-up in training sessions and workshops. The conference will be a hybrid event, with an in-person gathering in inner-Sydney and some sessions streamed and recorded.

This year's theme is Back to the Future, and we'll reflect on our activist origins as a sector, how we have evolved as advocates and service providers, and refocus on our collective future. 

View the program outline.

We've got some great speakers confirmed for the conference, including: 

  • An opening plenary address on Our Future in Climate Justice, featuring Dr Karl Mallon (CEO of Climate Risk), Alex Kelly (Director of Casework, Financial Rights Legal Centre) and Julia Davis (Policy & Communications Officer, Financial Rights Legal Centre).
  • A closing plenary exploring decriminalisation, featuring Alice Salomon (Fair Treatment), Sarah Crellin (Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT), and Professor Leigh Goodmark (Director of the Gender Violence Clinic, University of Maryland).
  • Legal observer training with Alison Whittaker (Legal Observers NSW, and Research Fellow, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research) and Nicola Paris (Founder and Coordinator, CounterAct).
  • A panel on Social Movement Lawyering with Dr Louise Boon-Kuo (Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Law School), Dr Vicki Sentas (Senior Lecturer, UNSW Faculty of Law), and Zaahir Edries (Executive, Muslim Legal Network).
  • A Court advocacy workshop with members of the Bar Brenda Tronson, Melanie Cairns, Douglas McDonald-Norman and Ashley Cameron. 
  • A panel on Breaking circuits, strengthening communities, featuring Keenan Mundine (Co-founder, Deadly Connections), Jo Lunzer and Julie Williams (Justice Reinvestment), and Michael Baker (Cognitive Impairment Diversion Program, Intellectual Disability Rights Service).
  • ... and many more experienced speakers and practical, challenging and inspiring sessions.

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Our Leadership Training Day acknowledges that we are all leaders. Leadership is influence. Individually and collectively, we have the power to affect change.

In this training day, Lift Your Gaze, we will be challenged to think strategically about our purpose, and the change we want to see. Are our aspirations attainable through our current approaches or do we need to innovate to progress? Are we able to adapt and thrive in challenging environments? What is the most powerful way to achieve results?

Complex economic, social and political problems means we work with unpredictability, imperfect information, multiple unknowns, and the need to identify responses quickly. In this Leadership Training Day we will consider how we anticipate future needs, trends and options, think creatively, and build collective understanding and support for action.

Please note that this training is in person only.