DBH is proud to continue to support the Aboriginal Law Studies Program in 2016, organised for students studying a Certificate IV in Legal Services through Port Augusta TAFE.
On Wednesday, 26 October 2016, Aleksandra Spasojevic, Associate, and Dena Paterson, Solicitor, hosted student Dean Martin from Port Augusta.
Dean has extensive experience in legal practice in Port Augusta and the APY Lands through his involvement with the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement. Working predominately in family and criminal law Dean works with some of Australia’s most remote communities. The program provided the opportunity to discuss civil law and promoting a greater awareness of civil rights in remote communities.
Dean accompanied DBH lawyers to a hearing at the South Australian Employment Tribunal and to a meeting with a new client. He was also shown the location of the Supreme Court, District Court, Adelaide Magistrates Court, Federal Court, Family Court, Probate Court and Coroner’s Court. Dean was also shown important places such as the Registry of each of the Courts, and the Supreme Court Library.
DBH’s involvement in the program forms part of a week long field trip to Adelaide.
Once again, the program was an occasion for DBH lawyers to establish new relationships and gain further insight into legal practice in rural areas such as Port Augusta, Coober Pedy and the APY Lands, whilst providing an opportunity for Dean to spend a day in the life of a private practice lawyer in the city.
If you are interested in hearing more about the Aboriginal Law Studies Program, contact us or call us on 1800 324 324.