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Talking law & other hot topics in Australian society. Access to justice starts with access to legal information. Every week, I explain a pressing legal or social issue in clear words. I also explain legal words so you can feel more comfortable dealing with the legal system. I talk about personal stuff when it intersects with hot topics or being a damn good lawyer. May include mild swears! Views are my own & given in good faith based on personal experience. No legal advice or confidential inf ...
 
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This Transgender Awareness Week, the Not Just A Lawyer Podcast drops a bonus episode! Acknowledgment of Country. Be an excellent ally to trans people and gender expansive, gender diverse and gender nonconforming people. Here’s how! With thanks to minus18.org.au and genderrights.org.au and theequalityproject.org.au for their excellent resources! #St…
 
Acknowledgement of Country. Bonus episode! Featuring news about a development in the age of criminal responsibility. This relates to issues raised in episodes 30 and 35 of the Not Just a Lawyer Podcast. Shout out to all of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services. Please consider donating to them if you can.…
 
Hello! Acknowledgement of Country. This is a short and sweet episode, packed only with the barest of essentials for folks who do not yet use a password manager, and who still, as I used to, deeply resent two-factor authentication. Here is Lawcover’s cyber health check: https://lawcover.com.au/cyberriskassessment/assessment…
 
Acknowledgement of Country. R U OK? DAY 2020. It’s okay not to be okay! If you need to talk to Lifeline, call them on 13 11 14. Talking frankly about mental health makes you a better lawyer. Importance of a sense of community. Anecdotes about life’s ups and downs. Why having experienced mental health difficulties can be an asset. Talk about it, and…
 
Acknowledgement of Country. Review of Ask the Specialist. In short, go download this 7-episode podcast series! It’s a cultural education series for doctors and other health professionals at the Royal Darwin Hospital, but the lessons are almost universal. The Specialists are Larrakia Elder Aunty Bilawara Lee, Tiwi Elder Pirrawayingi Puruntatameri an…
 
Acknowledgment of Country. Have you ever wanted to put a pin in a long held ambition? Changing your mind is not giving up or failing. Sometimes it’s hard for people like lawyers and other overachievers to let themselves do something that makes them happy. This episode is for those people (and I wish younger me could have heard it about 5 years ago)…
 
Acknowledgment of Country. What are references? Why use them in a plea in mitigation? Who can write one? Where can I see an example? If you are a referee, tell the truth. If you can’t truthfully say something good, don’t write a reference. Thank you for listening!
 
Acknowledgement of Country. Shout out to Legal Aid and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services. Information from the Law Society of NSW: DO NOT speak with police, instead politely insist on calling a lawyer and getting legal advice before you decide what else to do. In summary, politely decline to speak to police and call a lawyer.…
 
Acknowledgement of Country. Data shows how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drivers are policed in Western Australia. Article dated 5 February 2020 by C Wahlquist in The Guardian: “Aboriginal drivers in WA more likely to get fines from police officers than traffic cameras”. Why do human police issues fines to Aboriginal drivers at a higher rat…
 
Acknowledgement of Country. Guardian Australia article 10 June 2020 by M MCGowan and C Knaus: “NSW police pursue 80% of Indigenous people caught with cannabis through courts”. Let’s consider why this New South Wales Police discretion is being used differently. Donate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services. NSW and ACT: https://www.…
 
Acknowledgement of Country. 3 June 2020 decision of High Court of Australia in Binsaris v NT [2020] HCA 22. Battery. CS gas (form of tear gas) used by prison officer in youth detention centre. Broader issues involving: Children. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander overrepresentation in criminal justice system. Racism. Age of criminal responsibili…
 
LIFELINE 13 11 14 CONTENT WARNING: discusses suicide, homicide, violence, trauma, client and lawyer mental health. If this distresses you or you otherwise need to talk to someone, please call LIFELINE 13 11 14. Welcome. Acknowledgement of Country. Duty of confidentiality to clients. Exception for preventing threat of imminent serious physical harm …
 
Acknowledgement of Country. Amazing Canberra Community Legal Centres and Legal Aid have partnered to bring you: canberracovidlegalhelp.org.au Made by Canberra Community Law and their legal partners, Legal Aid ACT, Women's Legal Centre ACT, Economic Justice Australia and Care Inc Financial Counselling Service.Website will be continually updated with…
 
CONTENT WARNING: sexual assault. Book review of KNOW MY NAME by Chanel Miller. Also known as Emily Doe of the viral victim impact statement about the Stanford Campus assault. Acknowledgement of Country. Why you should read this book even though it’s heavy going. Resources: Lifeline 131114. Look after yourselves, friends…
 
Check in with your Law Society as to whether this self-study podcast will fulfil your Ethics CPD requirement. This presentation will not set your world on fire, but it will give you over an hour of quality ethics content. I have created it to try to lift one burden off your shoulders during this pandemic - that is, your ethics CPD obligation.…
 
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