Pro Bono & Community

Helping others is a key aspect of the culture at Corrs and can be seen every day in every office at Corrs. It happens in three ways – through pro bono legal work, volunteering and philanthropy.

Corrs provides pro bono legal services for disadvantaged individuals and groups as well as charitable and not for profit organisations. We are committed to providing access to justice for those in need and are proud of our pro bono culture.

We act for homeless people through our various homeless persons’ legal clinics. We run migration law clinics and we provide programs through the Aboriginal Legal Service as well as the Employment Law Centre, where we act for indigenous people. We also act for charitable and social organisations including UNHCR and Yooralla.

As part of our Graduate Development Program, a group of Corrs graduates from each state joins the teams at independent, not-for-profit legal referral services such as Justice Connect.

The firm is the principal legal partner for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Australia, and we work with many other organisations including Yooralla, The Salvation Army, The Big Issue and Very Special Kids. We have been associated with Oxfam for more than 20 years.

CORRS RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN

At Corrs we are committed to advancing reconciliation and helping to close the social, economic and health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian Community.

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-2016 (RAP) launched in November 2014, provides a clear framework for the firm to continue its efforts to do so with renewed focus.

Our RAP outlines the ways in which we seek to enhance relationships, pay our respect to cultures and provide greater access to opportunities, including doing so through:

  • increasing our people’s awareness and understanding of the range of issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
  • increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in legal education and careers.
  • increasing our engagement with and support of organisations that support and promote opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

If you have any enquiries about our RAP please call Diversity Council co-chair and partner Heidi Roberts on +61 3 9672 3562 or Pro Bono and Community Partner Jeremy King on +61 3 9672 3431, who co-chair our National RAP Steering Committee. Alternatively please email reconciliation@corrs.com.au.

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