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In Africa it is said that justice is open to all – and so is the Intercontinental Hotel. The hard reality is that most Africans do not know their legal rights and lack the means to obtain advice and representation. For example, in Uganda 90% of lawyers live in the capital Kampala, whilst 95% of the populace cannot afford to retain a private lawyer. Justice then becomes a luxury of the wealthy few. Hard won doctrines taken for granted by Australian lawyers such as the rule of law and judicial independence are still to be fought for. Injustice in the justice system is often the norm.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8 and 9)

In partnership with lawyers in the developing world CLEAR, Christian Lawyers for Justice, aims to provide human rights education and offer legal assistance to those suffering injustice… Want to be involved? PrayDoGoGive.

You can also find out about: CLEARThe Need (Stories)CLEAR VisionCLEAR Inspiration and contact CLEAR.

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More Christian Lawyers Christmas events around the nation: this time from South Australia!

From South Australia: It's our last LCF for the year! We hope you can make it. Because it's our last lunch until next year, Mark has asked everyone to bring a silly hat. Optional of course - but he'll have spares!

When: Wednesday 7th December

Where: Wyatt Trust, 100 Pirie Street, Level 5 – in the Boardoom

Time: 1pm for a 1:10pm start, until 2pm

What to bring: Your own lunch
Who to bring: Lawyers and law students
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Due to overwhelming demand, Christian Lawyers Society Qld have had to relocate their Christmas Drinks this evening.

Details are now as follows:

Location: More Chambers
Level 28 East, Santos Place
32 Turbot Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Time: 5:30 pm to conclude about 7:00 pm

If you get there and are unable to get through, please call 0431 719 209.

Mark Fowler from CLEAR will bring us up to speed with what CLEAR has been up to in 2016 and what is planned for the future. We will also provide a brief overview of the Australian Christian Legal Convention. Most of all it will be great opportunity to catch up, meet some other Christian Lawyers and make acquaintance with those you may not have seen for a while.
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VCLS Christmas Carols
Join Victorian Christian Law Socieity as they celebrate Christmas together by remembering God's greatest gift, Jesus Christ, who inspires us to be generous to others.

We are pleased to announce that Melbourne's CLEAR Representative, Natalie Fielding, will be sharing about the work of CLEAR at the VCLS Christmas Carols Service on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at 6pm (6:30pm start)!

Natalie will also share about the upcoming CLEAR trip to Rwanda and Kenya in April 2017. You can find further information on our facebook page.

There will be also an opportunity to give towards the work that CLEAR as well as a few nibbles and drinks beforehand and we will be going to TGI Fridays at Melbourne Central for dinner/drinks after the event.

So join us for an evening of carols, fellowship, giving and celebration in the CBD.

Do invite colleagues, friends, family, Christian or non-Christian ... all welcome.

Please RSVP by Monday 5 December 2016 to assist with catering and booking if you would like to attend the dinner/drinks after the event.
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As 2016 approaches its end, CLEAR member Queensland Christian Lawyers Society Inc would like to invite you to Christmas Drinks to celebrate.

Details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016

Time: Feel free to arrive at your convenience any time after 5:00 pm
Stay for as long as you are able but we need to conclude promptly by 7:00 pm

Location: Graham Robinson’s Chambers
Unit 1201,
Level 12 Tank Tower
30 Tank Street
BRISBANE QLD 4000

RSVP: Please RSVP for Catering purposes
1 December 2016
nrieck@ntlawyers.com.au
(07) 3837 3600

Mark Fowler from CLEAR will bring us up to speed with what CLEAR has been up to in 2016 and what is planned for the future. We will also provide a brief overview of the Australian Christian Legal Convention. Most of all it will be great opportunity to catch up, meet some other Christian Lawyers and make acquaintance with those you may not have seen for a while.
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CLEAR member, the Victorian Christian Legal Society is hosting a workshop as a follow on to the recent Australasian Christian Legal Convention held in Brisbane last month. The workshop will focus on the critical questions that Keynote speaker, Michael Schutt, posed at the last plenary session of the conference and facilitating how we can all prayerfully contribute and make suggestions to implementing some of the strategies that are proposed.

These questions were:
1.List one important thing that God that God has spoken to you here (about your role as a Christian lawyer)?
2.What will help you put into practice the things that you were inspired here to do?
3.How might the Lord desire you to pray as you prepare to leave?

If you were not able to attend the Convention but would like to still be a part of this event, please contact us at secretary@clsvictoria.org.

ACLC Event Workshop

Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Time: 12pm – 2pm

Venue: Law Institute of Victoria (to be confirmed)
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You are invited to join CLEAR on a legal mission trip to Africa in early May 2017 for a period of two weeks and experience first-hand the work of CLEAR. The trip will include a week in Rwanda and a week in Kenya.
Some of the activities that have occurred on past trips include:
• Legal assistance and running of programs to Remand Prisoners in Prisons;
• Legal assistance in Courts and the inner country officers;
• Legal assistance programs in villages;
• Legal assistance programs in schools;
• Court visits;
• Training of Judges;
• Training of Lawyers;
• Meeting with Members of Parliament; Government Officials; United Nations and other NGOs;
• Support and mentorship of Lawyers and Paralegals;
• Fellowship with Lawyers in our inner country offices;
• Visits to Genocide Memorial Sites in Kigali;
• Safaris through the Maasai Mara, Queen Elizabeth National Parks experiencing African wildlife.

Cost – A$4,500 to A$5,000 all inclusive of flights; meals; transport in the countries; accommodation (twin share) and safari. Please note that immunisations, spending money and some entertainment will be your own cost or any additional travel you may add on to the trip. If you wish to have your own room, this will be at an additional cost. The cost is subject to fluctuations in the exchange rate. The exact dates will be confirmed once expressions of interest are received.

What can I expect from this trip? A time to be challenged by the justice system in these nations.

Who can come on this trip? Lawyers; Paralegals or people working in the law from Australia and the UK.

For further details and to lodge your expression of interest please contact Natalie Fielding at natalief@lewisholdway.com.au or on (03) 9629 9629 by Friday 16 December 2016.
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