ACU Law launches new office at Melbourne's VECCI building
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
ACU Law offices are now established.
"It is a special period when you go from nothing to something good," said ACU Vice-Chancellor and constitutional lawyer, Professor Greg Craven.
"ACU's Faculty of Law is no longer a glint in somebody's eye, and it is wonderful to see that such a strong start has been made here in Melbourne," he said.
Among distinguished guests gathered at the VECCI building to celebrate the official office Launch was Director of the Fitzroy-based Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre (RILC) and leading refugee lawyer, David Manne.
There are currently four ACU law students who are doing their pro bono practical placements at RILC.
What's unique about ACU Law programs is that all students need to complete a minimum of 240 hours of pro bono legal professional work experience. Students begin their pro bono work in the second year of their law degree.
ACU's pro bono work is primarily focused on community service and offers the opportunity to meet, observe and work with organisations serving the public interest, helps students develop ethical values and responsibility, and gives students practical legal work experience.
ACU Law's new Pro Bono Coordinator, Claire Carroll, was also at the launch.
Ms Carroll is a solicitor with a background in public interest law and education. She has worked in the public sector, in education and in the community legal sector where she has designed and implemented both volunteer programs and clinical legal education programs. Her role is to assist, train and work with law students finding pro bono placements.
ACU Executive Dean of Law Professor Brian Fitzgerald said, "in the in the space of twelve months building developments at ACU's Melbourne Campus have taken a quantum leap, but ACU's Faculty of Law is not just about physical infrastructure. It is also about the people that we have attached."