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Ref No. 88462
Title Pro Bono Associate
Closing date 30-Nov-2017
Location Sydney

DLA Piper is a global law firm with momentum. Joining DLA Piper means not only joining an experienced local team, but also being part of an expanding global firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We believe the quality of our service is defined by the qualities of our people.

A unique opportunity has become available for a Pro Bono lawyer with up to 2 years post admission experience to join DLA Piper, based in either our Sydney or Melbourne office. 
In your role, you will work closely with the Asia Pacific Pro Bono Director to evaluate, allocate and monitor pro bono referrals, ensuring the delivery of high quality service to all pro bono clients.  You will assist with identifying and implementing Australian pro bono projects, whilst building and maintaining strong relationships with pro bono clients and collaborators, including in-house counsel of commercial clients.  Your job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Implementing the firm's pro bono policy and ensuring compliance across the Australian firm
  • Carrying a medium pro bono case load including assisting with legal research, report drafting, submission writing, litigation, legal advice and legal education
  • Developing and managing relationships with key pro bono clients across Australia
  • Working with and supporting the global Pro Bono team on international projects
  • Preparing internal and external communications relating to the firm's pro bono work
  • Monitoring and evaluating the pro bono practice, including the collection and collation of pro bono data 
  • Representing the firm at relevant events and conferences to promote the importance of pro bono as a professional responsibility

The role will provide you with great responsibility and personal satisfaction. It also presents a rewarding opportunity for you to make a significant impact in the community.

The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to pro bono and social justice, as well as strong commercial experience in sourcing, developing and maintaining pro bono client relationships.  A thorough knowledge of international human rights and interaction with human rights treaty mechanisms is desirable. 

You will have experience working in a commercial law firm, managing pro bono projects or clinics, as well as legal experience in specific areas of law relevant to pro bono work, such as human rights, credit and debt, criminal law, mental health and family violence.  Your strong presentation skills, as well as your excellent verbal and written communication skills will contribute to your success in this role.

If you are looking to take the next step in your career, this is an opportunity for you to join a progressive global firm that will offer you a high degree of involvement and responsibility with a commitment to your career development. Apply now and be part of our future.

Applications close on 20 November 2017.

Contact  - Stacey Hasler, HR Advisor

DLA Piper is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to join us, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people identifying as LGBTI, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

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