I work in the HIV sector in a non-legal role, and so there was no better place to complete my supervised legal training placement than HALC; the only dedicated community legal centre for HIV and Hepatitis C related legal matters in Australia.
To say I was very nervous when I knocked on HALC’s door in May would be an understatement.
Those nerves were only short lived, as I was soon introduced to the friendly team at HALC comprising of experienced lawyers and dedicated volunteers. I felt immediately at ease.
The first thing I noticed was the pace of HALC. It is busy. Very busy, with solicitors and volunteers passionately and diligently working on many cases at the same time.
Another thing that struck me was how diverse and hands-on the work is. From the Family Law Courts to the Migration Review Tribunal, it seems HALC cover (almost) every type of law you can imagine. I could not have hoped or imagined a better place to complete my placement.
The stories featured on HALCs latest campaign ‘45 Days 45 Lives’ are merely a snapshot of the incredible and on-going work of HALC.
Thanks HALC for welcoming me into your team and special thank you to those clients who opened up and trusted me with their stories. This is a very worthy cause. Keep up the great work, HALC.
Sharna Quigley (Advocacy Officer, Queensland Positive People)
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