Our Community Legal Centre Fellows

Find more about and read the reports of our inspiring Community Legal Centre Fellows.

2015 Fellow

Agata Wierzbowski, Consumer Action Law Centre
Lawyering for change - Seven principles of strategic legal practice for community legal centres

Agata works as a solicitor at the Consumer Action Law Centre. Her project investigated how strategic casework can be used to bring about systemic change. As part of her project, Agata travelled to South Africa, England, Canada and the USA and reviewed the use of strategic casework in Victoria, nationally and internationally. From this research, she has proposed a best practice framework for its use in the future.

Agata launched her report on 11 November 2015.

Read the full report, or follow Agata's project through her blog.

2014 Fellow

Jacinta Maloney, St Kilda Legal Service
Community legal empowerment – the use of peer education as a tool for delivering community legal education

Jacinta Maloney, previously a community lawyer at St Kilda Legal Service was the foundation's 2014 Community Legal Centre Fellow. Jacinta’s project looked at how community legal centres can use peer education as a tool for delivering community legal education. Peer education involves members of the same group sharing information, and it is particularly effective for marginalised communities such as sex workers, drug users or prisoners.

Jacinta’s findings had particular relevance to her work at St Kilda Legal Service where she has worked for over fifteen years in legal education and law reform.

Jacinta launched her findings at the 2014 National Association of Community Legal Centre conference.

2013 Fellow

Rachel Ball, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Human Rights Law Centre
When I tell my story I'm in charge ethical and effective storytelling in advocacy

Rachel Ball, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Human Rights Law Centre, looked into the role of case studies in advocacy and law reform. Rachel presented her findings at the National Association of Community Legal Centre's annual conference, 24 to 26 July 2013.

2012 Fellow

Michael McKiterick, PILCH Victoria
The volunteer cycle a report on the role and management of volunteers within community legal centres

Michel McKiterick, formerly a Senior Lawyer at Justice Connect, examined the role and management of volunteers in community legal centres.

2011 Fellow

Gary Sullivan, West Heidelberg Community Legal Service
Poor, powerless and in trouble with the law achieving just outcomes through problem-solving principles

The 2010/11 Fellowship report by Gary Sullivan, Principal Solicitor at West Heidelberg Community Legal Service, examines the relationship between poverty and crime. His report proposes a number of reforms to the operation of courts, the payment of fines, the conduct of police and lawyers, and the role of welfare and support agencies in Victoria.

2010 Fellow

Katie Fraser, Footscray Community Legal Centre
​Prevention is better than cure – can education prevent refugees’ legal problems?

This is the question that Katie, formerly a solicitor with Footscray Community Legal Centre, sought to answer during her fellowship. The project investigated whether legal and financial problems experienced by refugees could be prevented if refugees were given more information about common legal issues before they arrived in Australia, or early in the settlement process.

Since being published, the report has influenced the way legal information is provided to refugees.

2009 Fellow

Tamar Hopkins, Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre
An effective system for investigating complaints against police

At the time of her fellowship Tamar Hopkins worked at the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre. Tamar travelled to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to research issues surrounding police grievance mechanisms and police accountability. Tamar was particularly interested in how these countries' experiences could be applied in Victoria.

2008 Fellow

Nicole Rich, Consumer Action Law Centre
Reclaiming community legal centres – maximising our potential so we can help our clients realise theirs.

At the time of her fellowship, Nicole worked at the Consumer Action Law Centre. Nicole travelled to the United States to research American advocacy strategies, the use of strategic litigation and campaigning, and how they might be applied in Australian community legal centres.

2007 Fellow

Rachna Muddagouni, Fitzroy Legal Service
Thinking and planning ahead a resource manual for community legal centre staff

At the time of her fellowship, Rachna Muddagouni was Executive Officer of the Fitzroy Legal Service. For her fellowship, Rachna wrote and published a planning framework training manual for community legal centres. The aim of the project was to strengthen the organisational capacity of community legal centres.

Since being published, the manual has been used widely by the community legal centre sector in Victoria and nationally.

2006 Fellow

Helen McGowan, Albury Wodonga Community Legal Service
Lawyers go bush

At the time of her fellowship, Helen McGowan worked at the Community Legal Service Albury Wodonga. For her fellowship, Helen developed and piloted a rural and regional clerkship program to encourage law students to gain experience in regional and rural Victoria.

This page was last updated on March 10, 2016