Pro bono partnerships in environmental law : enhancing outcomes for universities and CLCs

Hamman, Evan, Maguire, Rowena, & McNamara, Judith (2014) Pro bono partnerships in environmental law : enhancing outcomes for universities and CLCs. Alternative Law Journal, 39(2), pp. 115-119.

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Abstract

CLE can be a life-changing event in a law student’s education. It can open their eyes to the day-to-day operation of justice and provide them with examples of possible career paths they may never have thought existed. Yet it can also provide long-term benefits for CLCs and academics. Recent CLE models have moved towards partnerships with external organisations and away from on-site legal clinics. Some examples have exhibited success with a multidisciplinary approach involving students from non-law disciplines to provide a holistic approach to a CLC’s needs. Such a multidisciplinary approach is of particular benefit in community lawyering clinics where students are engaged in social change lawyering. The QUT/EDO partnership presents a new model in the environmental clinic landscape in Australia. Initial feedback suggests that the clinic has assisted students in gaining insight into the access to justice issues arising from mining activities and to raise the level of understanding and awareness among community members of their legal rights to protect the environment. Looking at ways to increase partnerships between universities and CLCs is of vital importance in the future, given recent federal government CLC funding cuts. The legal clinic model has great potential to evolve and contribute in ensuring the continued operation of legal initiatives to protect the environment in the public interest.

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ID Code: 74524
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Environmental Clinic, Pro Bono, Partnerships, Environmental Defenders Office, Clinical Legal Education, HERN
ISSN: 1037-969X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Access to Justice (180102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Legal Practice Lawyering and the Legal Profession (180121)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Evan Hamman, Rowena Maguire and Judith McNamara
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2014 01:21
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 09:51

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