City-based lawyers like Rory Smith (pictured below) are volunteering their services for Marrickville Legal Centre – without leaving the big smoke.
The Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation is hosting a new youth law clinic every Monday evening from 6pm at its offices in 2 Park Street.
“I enjoy getting the chance to get exposure to different areas of matters outside my usual practice areas as an insurance lawyer,” says Mr Smith, a senior associate at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
“It’s very rewarding to have been able to help a young person with an issue that may have been a big stressor in their life,” he says.
Any young person under the age of 25 in NSW can use the telephone-based service. The types of law include employment, credit and debit matters, as well as traffic offences and fines.
Vasili Maroulis is a youth solicitor at Marrickville Legal Centre and sometimes supervises the evening advice clinic at Colin Biggers & Paisley (CBP).
“This service will allow us to reach more young people,” says Mr Maroulis. “Young people answer their calls at night – the morning and afternoon can be difficult for them - so we provide access for justice that is outside normal business hours.”
Karen Iles, the Director of Pro Bono and Responsible Business at CBP says it’s a natural partnership.
“The Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation has a strong commitment to rights of children and young people, so we are thrilled to host this youth law clinic with Marrickville Legal Centre,” she says.
CBP is one of MLC’s pro bono partners and it currently provides up to four staff members for each youth clinic.
The clinic is open to volunteer solicitors and paralegals beyond CBP. Those who want to take part should contact Marrickville Legal Centre’s Youth Legal Service on (02) 9559 2899