Sparke Helmore's Pro Bono Program established and delivered a two-day Wills Clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Wheatbelt community of Western Australia in April, in collaboration with local community organisations. Last week, the Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Services Moorditj Djinda Awards recognised the Clinic, awarding it the "Best Single Event in 2017" at a ceremony in Northam.
The Clinic was established and run by a dedicated team from Sparke Helmore, which included Partner Andrew White, Lawyers Layla Langridge and Jacky Vetter, Associate Aimee Dash, and Pro Bono Law Graduate Georgia Murphy-Haste, who came together from across the country to prepare estate documents for almost 40 clients over the Clinic's two days.
"The positive feedback we received from the Clinic attendees, wider community and other industry professionals who work in the area, has been overwhelming. It was incredibly moving to see the impact we have had on this community," said Layla, who attended the Awards and played a significant part in the delivery of the Clinic as our Perth Pro Bono Coordinator.
Sparke Helmore's Head of Pro Bono & Community, Hannah Rose, said: "To receive an award for the Clinic is humbling and a reflection of many months of hard work, as well as the consistently high level of service our lawyers bring to every one of their clients every single day. We are grateful to Gavin Currie from the Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre, Andrew Heath from the Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service and Kerry Collard from Kaata-Koorliny Employment & Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation for making the Clinic possible."
Since April last year, the firm has participated in five other clinics in Umina, Wyong, Maclean, Newcastle and Dareton in New South Wales, with another five scheduled in Bathurst, Orange, Bodalla, Maclean and Dareton over the coming months.