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A new opportunity to study legal need

Welcome to the Legal Needs Project.

I look forward to continuing to build my relationship with the legal assistance sector as we together develop a new approach to understanding legal need across its social, political, legal and health dimensions; a causal explanation of why some people develop legal need and others do not; and a suite of of practical and strategic implications of benefit to the whole sector.

In an early interview, as I was developing this research project, a participant talked about her clients' legal and non-legal needs as 'a tangled ball of string that needs to be unraveled' to know how to best assist. My hope for this project is that it will develop accessible and powerful knowledge to aid the legal assistance sector to differentiate the various different legal and non-legal threads in the pile, understand how they relate to each other, and see what generates them for individuals and groups in their community.

I'll be posting links to events, new publications, and other related activities. So make sure you join the mailing list for updates!

I feel incredibly thankful to Macquarie University and the Macqaurie Law School for funding this research through my research fellowship. Even as this project begins, I already have a sizable number of people from the sector whose support has been invaluable.

I look forward to continuing the academic and industry collaboration, and I am excited for the outcomes of the project that can emerge by working together.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to become more involved.



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