17 Nov 2022

Mercy Law Resource Centre Jobs

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The Mercy Law Resource Centre is an independent legal centre, registered charity and limited liability company that provides free legal advice and representation on social housing and welfare law to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Centre also strives to advocate for changes in laws, policies and attitudes that are unreasonable and detrimental to its clients. At first glance, “law” and “mercy” seem to have little to do with each other. The Mercy Law Resource Centre was born out of a desire to bring these two different worlds together, in the hope that as law becomes more dominant and influential in our society, it will be enlightened and endowed with the values of compassion and justice for all, including the poor. The Mercy Law Resource Centre (MLRC) is currently recruiting a lawyer to join our team. This is a unique opportunity to practice in the public interest and in the field of human rights to help those on the margins of our society in a vibrant and vibrant independent legal centre. Our philosophy recognizes the dignity of every human being and strives to ensure that all human beings are treated with respect and compassion and are empowered to reach their full potential as human beings committed to the principles of human rights, social justice and equality. MLRC is looking for a lawyer to join our team. The application deadline is soon – last chance to apply. For more information, please visit our website. mercylaw.ie/jobs/ Aoife Kelly-Desmond Paul Dornan Sinead Mc Garrigle #solicitor #jobfairy #vacancies Community Relations Acts as the centre`s senior representative; ensure that the Centre, its purpose and services are presented in a strong and positive manner to relevant stakeholders; Actively defend the centre in accordance with the vision.

Responsibilities Manage the overall functioning of the Centre and implement the decisions of the MLRC Board of Directors; Manage litigation with a particular focus on social housing, homelessness and social assistance law; providing legal advice and support to individuals through legal aid clinics in dormitories and other homeless centres; provide legal information, advice and training to organizations dealing with homelessness, including supervision and design of MLRC training; Development of policy and legislative reform proposals on legal issues affecting our client group. This includes conducting research, analyzing legislation, writing bids and other tasks that may be required; cooperate with other lawyers and organizations on matters affecting our client group and help develop initiatives that facilitate such cooperation; recruit, coordinate and supervise legal and administrative staff, including volunteers, interns and volunteer friends; cooperate with external organizations in the promotion and development of the Centre and the achievement of its objectives and targets; Ensure that the Centre`s legal and other professional obligations (e.g. insurance, employment, accounts, reports to the Law Society, CRO, Charity Department of Revenue) are done correctly and in a timely manner; Work as part of a team to ensure that high standards in office operations and case management are developed and maintained, and in particular to ensure that our services are provided in a manner that takes into account the specific needs of our clients; any other duties necessary to support the execution of the work of the Centre. Personal specification A beautiful evening yesterday with the presentation of our 2021 annual report. Our sincere thanks go to Father Peter McVerry for the release of the report, to all our staff, volunteers and supporters, and to the Sophia Housing Wisdom Centre for hosting us. Read our blog about the launch and report here: bit.ly/3W9dZES #housing #homelessness The Legal Officer position is offered as a permanent contract with immediate commencement. The salary offered with this position is consistent with experience. This role is ideally full-time, but a part-time employment agreement may be considered. An opportunity to do so arose when a lawyer, Michele O`Kelly, joined the Sisters of Mercy. With the encouragement of Mercy`s leadership team, first under Sr. Helena O`Donoghue and then under Sr. Peggy Collins, the idea was developed not only to use the law to advocate for the most marginalized and needy, but also to “do justice” differently, that is, in a truly accessible way and a real help in the lives of those on the margins of society.

Contact Details Mercy Law Centre 25 Cork Street Dublin 8 Read our latest blog post, a guest post by Professor Nicholas Pleace, which gives an international perspective on Irish homelessness policy. Nicholas is Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York and one of the authors of “From Rebuilding Ireland to Housing for All: International and Irish lessons for tackling homelessness”, a report commissioned by a group including the MLRC and recently presented in Dublin by Minister Darragh OâBrien.