Secondment benefits both Caxton Legal Centre and Norton Rose Fulbright

Secondee Mariah Ritchie in the Caxton Legal Centre office 

Caxton Legal Centre and Norton Rose Fulbright have strengthened both their relationship and ability to leverage the benefits of pro bono with a new secondment arrangement. 

Cybele Koning, Caxton Legal Centre’s CEO, is excited about the partnership. 

“Community legal centres consistently struggle to meet client demand so the provision of resources in the form of a secondee is a meaningful contribution from Norton Rose Fulbright,” she said.  

“Pro bono lawyers have been part of Caxton since its inception, but a full-time staff member means that deeper investment in our human rights work is possible.  

Mariah Ritchie, lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright, has enthusiastically taken on the secondment as one of her graduate rotations. 

“I’m really looking forward to working directly with clients in the grass roots environment of a community legal centre,” she said. 

It’s a great chance to build my communication skills and explore my interest in human rights law.”  

“When the secondment finishes, Ill have a strong relationship with Caxton staff which I hope to be able to continue through pro bono file work, she said. 

There are a range of ways for firms to contribute through pro bono programs at Caxton Legal Centre. Enquiries can be directed to CEO Cybele Koning on (07) 3214 6333.