Nelson Leader : March 21st 2013
20 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 21, 2013 NEWS LOCAL JOBS The only job site dedicated to Nelson Tasman www.mycareernelson.co.nz New faces: Amy Gulbransen, left, and Rebecca Webber at the Nelson Community Law office. Photo: PHIL BARNES New staff boost law centre's aid services to area By PHIL BARNES Community Law Nelson Bays is benefiting from two additions to its legal team. Amy Gulbransen and Rebecca Webber recently started work with the branch, which offers free legal service. Amy was educated at Waimea College before studying law at Canterbury University where she graduated in 2011. After a stint overseas, Amy started work with Community Law as a volunteer last October and became a law worker, which means working under supervis- ion of a lawyer, in January. However, she will take up the role of staff solicitor in April. She said a lot of her work involved simply informing peo- ple what their rights were for a particular situation. Rebecca has been working as a law worker at the office for the past seven months. She said she had qualified as a lawyer 14 years ago but rather than practise, she went overseas and did other work. So this is my first work con- nected with legal issues.'' She said her work with Com- munity Law covered everything from housing, to Work and Income, tenancy, family, employment and consumer issues. Community Law Nelson Bays managing solicitor Peter Riley said the organisation covered a broad range of civil work. We only do civil work because we don't have the staff to also do court appearances.'' He said anybody was entitled to get free information from Community Law. But we try to be selective about who we provide assistance to so we can give it to the people who need it the most finan- cially.'' The Nelson office covers an area including Golden Bay, Reefton and Westport. And every two weeks we run a clinic with a volunteer lawyer who moves from Richmond to Stoke and Tahunanui,'' he said.
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