Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) are the beneficiaries of an $8,000 grant that is intended for extending a pilot clinic for law students for two semesters in 2014 to 2015.
The initiative will see the clinic become part of QPILCH’s Self Representation Service, which provides talk assistance through proceedings to help more vulnerable members of the community navigate the courts.
“The clinics provide a unique training ground and invaluable educational experience for law students to augment their academic training,” says Woodyatt.
“Assisting disadvantaged clients with real legal problems gives law students a sense of social justice, assuring them that their efforts matter and that they make a difference in their community.
“These students take these ideals with them as they begin their legal careers and help shape the legal industry of tomorrow.”
Slater & Gordon Queensland general manager Karen Simpson says the firm’s Staff Giving Program is a mutually rewarding initiative.
QPILCH is one of five community organisations to share in more than $30,000 worth of grants.
“It truly is inspiring to see so many fantastic community organisations working to help others across a range of fields,” says Simpson.
“It really means a lot that we are able to support those organisations to continue to provide such important services.”
Donations from Slater & Gordon’s Staff Giving Program are combined with funds from the law firm and channelled into the Slater & Gordon Community Fund, which is managed by the Australian Communities Foundation.
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