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Researcher output profile for Mr James Farrell
James Farrell joined the Deakin University School of Law in October 2011. Before this, he was the manager/principal lawyer of the PILCH Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic, a specialist outreach legal service for people experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness. In this role, James supervised over 300 volunteer lawyers from large commercial law firms who visited 12 shelters and welfare agencies each week to provide clients with advice, advocacy and representation. James was also responsible for the HPLC's policy and law reform campaigning and community engagement.
James' research interests have been shaped by his experiences working with marginalised and disadvantaged clients, and his research focuses on poverty law, social justice and human rights. Current research projects include examining the criminalisation of begging in contemporary Australia, reviewing the impact of on-the-spot fines on marginalised and disadvantaged Victorians, surveying unmet legal needs in emerging communities in Melbourne’s outer west and suggesting improvements for Victorian youth diversion systems.
James is currently a director of the Council to Homeless Persons, centre fellow with the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice, treasurer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres, treasurer of the National Association of Community Legal Centres, a member of the StreetSmart Australia grants committee and Victorian convenor of the Alternative Law Journal. James has also served on the boards of community legal centres, the G21 regional alliance, an arts organisation and other community groups. He was a finalist in the 2011 Law Institute of Victoria’s President’s Award, highly commended in the 2011 Lawyer’s Weekly Awards, and is a recipient of VCOSS’s 2011 Ben Bodna Award and a 2012 Australian Leadership Award.
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