La Trobe Law School’s newest partnership with the ASRC: “It’s a great opportunity for our students to help.”

On 12 September 2016, the ASRC and the La Trobe Law School launched a new clinical legal education program where La Trobe Law School students, under the supervision of legal practitioners, will assist the ASRC to clear a backlog of unprocessed or partially processed protection claims, known as the “Legacy Caseload”. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 asylum seekers in Victoria fall into this category whereby they can only apply for temporary protection visas and have minimal avenues for an appeal if their applications are unsuccessful.

km_sbsIn the lead-up to the launch event, Professor Patrick Keyzer, Head of La Trobe Law School, was interviewed on the Knowledge Blog, the Age and 774 Breakfast Radio (hear Patrick Keyzer speak around the 1:47 mark) about the La Trobe Law School-Asylum Seeker Resource Centre partnership. Kobra Moradi, a student of La Trobe Law School and a refugee who came to Australia in 2005, was also interviewed on SBS about the new partnership (pictured).

“It is an exciting opportunity for our students who get to help people who need help and to develop skills that they may not get a chance to develop otherwise. Students are fully trained by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre before they get started.” Professor Patrick Keyzer said.

The Launch Event

On the night, Kobra Moradi launched the program by telling her personal story, alongside speakers LLS Head of School Patrick Keyzer, ASRC CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis, ASRC lawyer Melinda Jackson, and  the ASRC’s Director of Advocacy and Campaigns Jennifer Kanis. La Trobe University ASSC Pro-Vice Chancellor Tony McGrew delivered the opening speech on behalf of John Dewar.

Both launch attendees and social media users were incredibly enthusiastic and La Trobe Law School is proud to help the community together with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre!


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