External Volunteering Opportunities

Downing Centre Volunteer Court Assistants

Operating out of rooms in the Downing Centre, Robert Nixon, solicitor, provides free legal assistance to those he has the resources to help.Mr Nixon needs volunteer assistants to help him provide this service in exchange for which law students, at any stage in their studies, can gain invaluable experience in hands on delivery of legal services of a litigious criminal & civil nature.

Location: Downing Centre Court Complex 143-147 Liverpool Street, Sydney;
Volunteering Hours: 8 am and 6.30 pm on the first Friday of each month  & whenever there is a fifth Friday in any month;
Positions: 8 students selected from a roster;
Closing Date: 30 April, 2016.
Required Experience:

  1. Have excellent fluency and comprehension in oral and written English;
  2. Be able to work under pressure;
  3. Be an extravert and problem solver who is always comfortable dealing with total strangers;
  4. Have access to a land line phone at home; and
  5. Personal qualities of empathy, initiative and critical thinking are more important than prior legal knowledge.

The opportunity may be  PLT compliant.

Nature of Work:

  • Explain the nature of the service that can be offered;
  • Interview and record potential client’s preliminary instructions;
  • Liaise with court staff, police prosecutors and Roads and Maritime Services representatives;
  • Record particulars of conferences involving Mr Nixon and the client; and
  • Assist generally in the preparation and presentation of the client’s case both at the initial hearing and at any adjournment.

Contact: (02) 9872 5766 – Robert Nixon

  • 6.30pm to 8.00pm weekdays;
  • 9.00am to 4.00pm weekends & public holidays;
  • If a message is left on an answering machine, calls will ONLY be returned to a landline number.

Volunteer Mock Magistrate’s Assistants

The New South Wales Law Society administers an annual Mock Trial Competition among high schools. Robert Nixon, solicitor, one of the NSW Law Society’s Volunteer Mock Magistrates, seeks the volunteer  assistance of what amounts to a Magistrate’s Associate to assist him in performing the role of Mock Magistrate.

The successful applicant for this role will share equally with Robert, the performance of  all aspects of his role as Mock Magistrate thereby gaining valuable experience in the process.

The duties of the Mock Magistrate are described at page 11 of the Mock Trial Manual 2013 http://goo.gl/J09QX.

This and the manual generally should be studied carefully before enquiring further. Robert covers schools selected from the following Sydney metropolitan areas: Eastern suburbs, North Metropolitan, Inner Western, Northern Beaches, Sydney CBD, Southern, North Western, South West and Western suburbs.

Volunteering Hours: Typically weekdays (excluding holidays) 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Closing Date: 30 April, 2016.
Location: High schools across Sydney

  • Frequently
    • Western Suburbs;
    • South Western Suburbs.
  • Occasional
    • North Western suburbs;
    • Inner Western suburbs;
    • North Metropolitan / North Shore suburbs;
    • Northern Beaches suburbs.

Required Experience:

  1. Have participated in previous mock trials when in high school;
  2. Be law students at any stage in their studies, other knowledge or experience is not required;
  3. Have a current driver’s licence and access to a car when required; and
  4. Have a landline phone at home  for after hours access.

Contact: (02) 9872 5766 – Robert Nixon

  • 6.30pm to 8.00pm weekdays;
  • 9.00am to 4.00pm weekends & public holidays;
  • If a message is left on an answering machine, calls will ONLY be returned to a landline number.

Asylum Seekers Centre – Community Speakers Program

The Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) provides practical and personal support for asylum seekers living in the community. Their services include casework, accommodation, financial relief, health care and counselling, employment assistance, education, advocacy, food and recreational activities.

This year ASC is launching its Community Speakers Program, a program designed to enhance community understanding of their role in helping asylum seekers in NSW, increase community awareness of Australian asylum seeker issues, and provide information to individuals and community groups about how they can support asylum seekers.

ASC is taking applications for 20 speaker positions, including 5 leadership roles. Public speaking experience will be beneficial to applicants.

Interested? Fill in the form here (https://docs.google.com/a/unswlawsoc.org/forms/d/1-VxtQ306Woo-6jqWCR1WKbcunGrbo5EEmi-pJNN9eVU/viewform?c=0&w=1). If you have any questions, contact Joanna Jarrald, ASC Communications and Advocacy Coordinator on 90781918. Joanna’s days of work are Monday – Wednesday.

Closing Date: 4th April 2016.
Contact: (02) 9078 1918 – Joanna Jarrald, ASC Communications and Advocacy Coordinator

  • Monday – Wednesday

Sydney Action Centre Social Media Volunteer

The role of the NSW Social Media Volunteer is to help build Amnesty International online presence through various social media outlets, especially Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This is done to further promote our key human rights messages, facilitate a better engagement with Amnesty International’s current and future supporters, and mobilize more people to take action that results in human rights impact.

Position title: NSW Social Media volunteer
Closing Date: 5th April 2015 5pm
Tenure: 3 Months, 1 Day per week in the Action Centre (6 Hours)
Contact: aiansw@amnesty.org.au

  • Experience in using different social media platforms.
  • Willingness to learn – ongoing training will be provided.

Please see the document attached below to for further information about the job description.