Funding to help families reach agreement June 18, 2010 Murdoch University law students will soon be helping separated parents reach agreement on parenting plans without going to court. The Southern Communities Advocacy Legal and Education Service (SCALES) has received an additional $60,000 in federal government funding for clinical legal education in the area of family law. SCALES Acting Director Gai Walker said the funding has been used to offer an Advanced Family Law Unit to Murdoch students at their Rockingham office. “The Unit will expand the existing family law practice and give students the skills to help parents reach agreement on the care of their children,” Ms Walker said. “The focus of the family law clinic is to advise and support clients in family dispute resolution. “Under the supervision of experienced lawyers, students are involved in all aspects of the legal service provided to clients. “Where family dispute resolution fails or is inappropriate the students will are also be involved in giving advice on court based processes and preparing court documents.” Ms Walker said SCALES has experienced an enthusiastic response from students wanting to enrol in the unit, which starts in August 2010. The new service is in addition to the ongoing free legal services currently provided to disadvantaged people or people with low incomes living in the Kwinana and Rockingham region. SCALES was established with the assistance of the local community and each year helps clients in areas such as criminal law; domestic violence; refugee and humanitarian immigration law; family law; public housing and tenancy and criminal injuries compensation. The community legal centre operates offices in Rockingham and Murdoch University’s South Street campus. Print This Post Media contact: Hayley Mayne Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Domestic students Tags: family dispute resolution, gai walker, parenting plans, scales, southern communiities advocacy and legal education service Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!