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Legal clinic breaks new ground

Legal clinic breaks new ground

By Carolyn Ford

Legal Biography Legal Services 


Some mornings going to work at Alfred Health, Emily Hart hears a radio news bulletin that gives her a heads-up on the day ahead. Ms Hart is a senior associate at Maurice Blackburn, working in medical negligence, but the litigator also works at the Alfred’s HeLP Clinic in Prahran, a health-justice partnership (HJP) between law firm, hospital and Monash University’s Michael Kirby Centre for Health and Justice. She was on her way to the Alfred clinic when she heard about a man who had injured himself and his partner during a serious police incident. “He was affected by drugs. When I got to his bedside, he was realising what he had done. It was horrendous. He asked to see her, I had to explain why that was not possible. It was incredibly distressing. I provided preliminary criminal advice and fast referral to a specialist criminal law firm while he was in police custody,” Ms Hart says.

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