To recognise International Day of the World’s Indigenous People and to highlight the struggles of indigenous youth, the Melbourne office hosted a lunchtime boardroom screening of the award-winning documentary Prison Songs on August 9. Prison Songs is a documentary that gives voice to normally overlooked Australians in the most extraordinary way.
Shot entirely behind bars at Berrimah Prison, this funny yet achingly sad account of the prisoners’ everyday lives is delivered via the musical performances of real inmates, providing the large turnout of staff with an enlightening and educational lunchtime.
Dr Teresa Nicoletti has issued follow-up commentary on the Lateline story that aired on 23 August 2017 regrading her pro bono advocacy work on behalf of seriously ill patients who are seeking access to medicinal cannabis and treatment.
Read the full statement here.
Mills Oakley is proud to conduct pro bono advocacy work on behalf of seriously ill patients who are seeking access to medicinal cannabis and treatments and require assistance to navigate the current regulatory regime. Our Sydney-based Health Partner Dr Teresa Nicoletti has a long track record of involvement with this area, including advocacy in relation to medicinal cannabis.
A statement from Dr Nicoletti responding to recent commentary on this area from the Therapeutic Goods Administration can be found here.
Social Responsibility is part of the fabric and culture of the firm. We believe in not just acting in the best interests of our clients, but in the interests of the broader community as well. Mills Oakley actively encourages lawyers to be involved in pro bono work and local projects, not just because it helps them to develop as better people and lawyers, but because it’s the right thing to do.
Mills Oakley has partnered with organisations such as The Salvation Army, Brainwave Australia and the Public Law Interest Clearing House. These partnerships have allowed us to expand the skill set of lawyers and better understand the needs of our clients and the communities that we work in.
In July 2014, Mills Oakley unveiled an innovative new partnership with humanitarian firm Salvos Legal. Under the agreement, a team of five lawyers from Salvos Legal Humanitarian are based within the Mills Oakley Sydney office, providing pro bono advice in the areas of criminal law, family law and children’s law. This initiative consolidates the firm’s long standing relationship with the Salvation Army and is an example of our commitment to building a genuine pro bono culture within the firm.
In 2009 Mills Oakley was presented with the Pro Bono Partnership Award in recognition of its outstanding relationship with the Salvation Army, ensuring free legal advice and representation for marginalized people in Western Sydney.
Mills Oakley values a work environment where diversity is embraced and people are treated with mutual respect and dignity. We are a proud member of Diversity Council Australia, an independent, not-for-profit workplace diversity adviser to businesses in Australia. Through this connection we strive to foster and promote an inclusive culture for all with equal access to opportunities and growth throughout our firm.
In recognition of World Blood Donor day on 14 June, staff from Mills Oakley offices around the country rolled up their sleeves and gave much needed blood and plasma. More than 60 staff donated at their local blood donor centres, with their donations saving up to 180 lives.
For many it was their very first donation, or the first in a long time, so we especially congratulate those who took that step.
This December, Mills Oakley has a very special Christmas tree in our office. The OzChild Wishing Tree Xmas Appeal, provides our staff an opportunity to give Christmas gifts to vulnerable children in our local community.
In late November, staff members from our Melbourne office took part in the Law Institute of Victoria Fun Run. The LIV Fun Run raises money for the Wellbeing and the Law Foundation, a charity that focuses on improving the mental health of those in the legal profession.
Vince Sharma, Government and Administration Partner in our Canberra office spent a day in the dog house for a good cause. During the RSPCA ACT “In the Dog House” event, Vince spent a day in the dog kennels inhabited by rescue animals to raise awareness of the great work done by the RSPCA every day. Aside from making some furry new friends, Vince also managed to raise over $3,000 for a good cause.