Fitzroy Legal Service


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FITZROY LEGAL SERVICE

VOLUNTEER PORTAL

Due to COVID-19 and the Metro-Melbourne lockdown, the FLS Volunteer Program is currently in suspension.  All FLS staff are working remotely.  This is a difficult time for our clients who rely on our free legal service, our regular volunteers who assist in providing this service, and our staff who manage the service.  If you have any queries about the future of volunteering with FLS, please contact Anna at acaleo@fls.org.au

ABOUT US

Fitzroy Legal Service was established by a group of legal volunteers in 1972 and is one of the oldest community legal centres in Australia. Established on the commitment to access to justice for all, it was run entirely by volunteers for the first two year of operation. 

Fitzroy Legal Service amalgamated with Darebin Community Legal Centre in December 2018 and with the merger of the centres it is the volunteers that continue to be at the heart and soul of the organisation.

FLS provides legal information, advice and casework and plays a significant role in the areas of law reform and community legal education.  FLS also publishes The Law Handbook, an iconic, plain language guide to the law. A Board consisting of six elected members and up to three appointed Directors governs FLS.   A team of 30 staff, and is supported by up to 270 volunteers.

Fitzroy Legal Service values:  Integrity, Courage & Passion, Empowerment & Advocacy, Connected to Community.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Fitzroy Legal Service relies heavily on the expertise and commitment of our volunteers and we appreciate that volunteers give their time and energy free of charge. Fitzroy Legal Service seeks to make our volunteers’ experiences with the organisation rewarding. Volunteers will be able to build on their strengths and contribute positively to our service and our clients.

FLS volunteers work for us in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Night legal advice service: lawyers, paralegals and administrative assistants who provide support the free legal advice services covering a very wide range of clients and issues.
  • Day practice:lawyers, law graduates and final-year law students who assist our paid staff with their work at both our offices and at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and Heidelberg Magistrates Court.
  • Other work including administrative assistance, legal and social policy research and pro bono work.

At this time, FLS has implemented restrictions in accordance with the Department of Health & Human Services recommendations, which means all FLS staff are working from home.  Our generalist law night service is closed in both locations (Fitzroy and Reservoir), and for client confidentiality reasons, we do not allow volunteers to work on client work from home.  We do have some ad hoc research positions come up intermittently, so if you are interested in such work, please sign up to the research assistance back up list.

 

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Mission Statement

At Fitzroy Legal Service, we confront injustice, advocate for equality and create hope for the communities we serve.  We do this through the provision of legal information, advice and representation, as well as championing law reform and conducting public interest litigation.   Fitzroy Legal Service is a community-based, for-purpose organisation, independent of government.   Our services are offered across the Cities of Darebin and Yarra, and the inner north of Melbourne.