Restoring wetlands to capture carbon
Our people were given the opportunity to participate in fieldwork with Deakin University's Blue Carbon Lab Citizen Science Program and assist with research to better understand the carbon storage potential of coastal ecosystems.
Pathways to education and career success
This year the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) celebrates its 10th anniversary as the provider of scholarships and guidance to Australia's Indigenous school and university students. Allens has been with AIEF in a pro bono capacity for all of those 10 years, starting with assisting in AIEF's set-up phase.
Igniting a Spark for the law with students
Now in its fourth year, Allens Spark is a work experience program providing secondary school students with insights into our firm, the legal profession and the steps to becoming a lawyer.
A visit to the Babinda Carbon Offset Project brought Allens' sustainability efforts to life for Naomi Bergmann, a Managing Associate who specialises in environmental, planning and native title law.
Upholding big ideas for reconciliation
The Uluru Statement from the Heart, a coming together of more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to call for a First Nations voice in Parliament, sparked a groundswell of public support across Australia. 'In 1967 we were counted,' the statement read. 'In 2017 we seek to be heard.'
Tree change for a worthy cause in Shepparton
Our ongoing support of the Jawun program sees us investing in the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities around Australia.
Protecting human rights through the rule of law
Each year, Allens completes thousands of hours of pro bono legal work to promote access to justice and protect human rights. This year, Allens Partner Clint Hinchen led two matters for pro bono client the Human Rights Law Centre.
Resolving land tenure rights after a disaster
When a country and its people are ravaged by a natural disaster, issues of law and legal tenure aren't seen as immediate needs in the same way as shelter, water and sanitation.
Caring for the Caregivers
When a child is sick and in hospital for a period of time it is the caregivers who often need a little TLC.
Righting the Wrongs of the Past
It was a historic day when Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stood before Parliament this year to offer a heartfelt apology to members of the LGBTI community who were convicted of historical homosexual activity in Queensland, and introduce legislation to expunge these historical convictions.
High Court Challenge Sets Precedent
We work closely with an Australian-based organisation, Justice Connect, who referred a matter to us after they identified a refugee had had their asylum applications rejected by the Nauru courts, and may have grounds for appeal to the High Court of Australia.
Saving the Planet One Meal at a Time
What do you do when your conservation efforts inadvertently create another problem? Keep going, give up, or come up with a creative solution?