Legal Training Day - 10 September 2020


The Legal Training Day is open to staff from Community Legal Centre NSW member centres only as an opportunity for staff to access CPD points*. Please ensure your registration clearly indicates the centre you are associated with to secure your place at the training.

Registration is required. Register here

Registration closes Thursday 3rd September at 10am. 
If you are unable to register, please contact

This event will be held online via zoom.

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 8:45am–5:15pm


This session will cover

  • Overview of the Disability Royal Commission and its terms of reference
  • Engaging with the Royal Commission
  • Legal protections under the Royal Commission Act 1902 (Cth)
  • Your Story Disability Legal Support – what our service does
  • Representing clients at the Royal Commission – CLCs and private lawyers


Presenter: Sifa Mtango, Senior Solicitor Your Story Legal Support, Legal Aid NSW


Facilitator: Mark Patrick, Managing Principal Solicitor, Australian Centre for Disability Law   

Possible CPD*: Substantive Law

COVID 19 has transformed the way that community lawyers work with clients and provide legal services. While many community lawyers are aware of the need for trauma informed practice to recognise client's complex needs and their own experience of vicarious trauma, COVID 19 has added another level of complexity to community lawyers' practices. This session will cover how you can be better equipped to provide trauma informed practice , supervise other lawyers with a trauma informed framework and develop resilience during this difficult time.


About Robyn Bradey: Robyn is well known and highly regarded counsellor with many years experience working with lawyers and providing training in trauma informed practice and clinical supervision.  

Facilitator: Sarah Rodgers, Manager & Principal Lawyer, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service  

Possible CPD*: Practice Management, Professional Skills, Ethics.

Worried you’re using too much jargon? Are your clients puzzled and overwhelmed by legalese?  Help your clients out by using plain English. The presenters are experienced community lawyers who will offer guidance for writing in a way that everyone can understand.


Presenters: Kellie McDonald, Women’s Legal Service, Katrina Ironside


Facilitator: Louise Coady, CEO and Principal Solicitor Western Sydney Community Legal Centre

Possible CPD*: Professional Skills

Community legal centres have always been adaptable, but the COVID-19 shutdown has stretched centres in unexpected ways. How have centres adapted legal practice processes such as intake, advice, client interviews, file management and supervision in the last six months?

A panel of Principal Solicitors from metro, regional and remote centres will share challenges and successes, followed by an opportunity for open peer discussion to exchange how centre practices have adapted.

Panel presenters:  Alexis Goodstone, Principal Solicitor Redfern Legal Centre, Justine O’Reilly, Principal Solicitor, Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre, Patrick O’Callaghan, Principal Solicitor Western NSW Community Legal Centre,

Sarah Rodgers, Manager & Principal Lawyer, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service  

Facilitator: Arlia Fleming, Managing Principal Solicitor, Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands  Community Legal Centre

Possible CPD*: Practice Management, Legal Ethics

Facilitator: Natalie Ross Principal Solicitor, Welfare Rights Centre

Panel Presenters: Daniel Turner (Senior Solicitor, Welfare Rights Centre), Donna Flood (Solicitor, Welfare Rights Centre)

This session will outline how to run a Centrelink Debt matter, including how to take initial instructions and what instructions should cover, how to undertake an FOI request to secure all relevant information, how to draft key documents including making a submission to an ARO, and when to call on WRC expertise. Participants will consider case studies and develop an understanding of key procedural documents, forms and correspondence templates.



Additional Information

Zoom is a video conferencing system that is used to run network meetings, training and webinars for Community Legal Centres NSW events. Using Zoom will allow you to actively participate in training and network meetings.

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You will be able to dial in to sessions via phone if you wish, although we recommend you use Zoom for full functionality and session experience. 

All registered participants will be sent Zoom links and phone dial-in details for the Legal Training Day on Friday September 4th.

If you have any questions about Zoom prior to the event please contact CLCNSW on 9212 7333 or email

If you have any Zoom questions or issues during the event please call or text 0401 262 873.

Community Legal Centres NSW indicates whether a session may be appropriate to attract Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points but takes no responsibility if the content does not meet CPD requirements. Sessions are not accredited by the NSW Law Society. Community legal centre solicitors should make their own assessment of whether the session meets their CPD requirements, and maintain their own records for meeting CPD requirements.

Further information about CPD requirements are available on the Law Society NSW website.