New African Australian clerkship program embraces diversity

New African Australian clerkship program embraces diversity

Friday, 18 October 2019

A photo of Webster Ndala, Sara Mac, Gai Chuatwea and Malaz Dewanyang
L–R: Webster Ndala, Sara Mac, Gai Chuatwea and Malaz Dewanyang

Our new pilot joint clerkship program, run in partnership with the African Australian Legal Network (AALN), is now underway.

The clerkship aims to provide a practical and meaningful experience to AALN members to support their career development and provide opportunities to gain valuable skills, knowledge and a network within the justice sector.

Lawyer Webster Ndala recently started his clerkship in our Civil Justice Program while Sara Mac and Malaz Dewanyang will shortly commence placements in our Family, Youth and Children's Law, Parenting Disputes, Criminal Law and Youth Crime teams. Gai Chuatwea will start his clerkship in our Dandenong office in December.

Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Cameron Hume is enthusiastic about the clerkship program and the benefits it provides to both parties.

'Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) is delighted to partner with the AALN in providing practical learning opportunities and supporting career pathways for African Australian law students.

'Our legal clerkships are not only a small but important step in improving our cultural diversity, but also support AALN and its efforts in promoting African cultural diversity within the Victorian legal profession.'

AALN President Amani Green is also looking forward to seeing the students immerse themselves in their clerkships, and is grateful to VLA for its support in establishing the program.

'The joint VLA and AALN clerkship program represents an opportunity for exceptionally talented students and recent graduates to gain invaluable professional experience, and it has been a pleasure to co-design the program with VLA.

​'Their dedication to this program, and support for the AALN more broadly, is indicative of a genuine commitment to valuing diversity and combating institutional racism.

'We look forward to continuing to work with VLA, and deepening our partnership over the coming years', said Amani.

More information

Supporting and mentoring our African Australian lawyers

African Australian Legal Network

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