Celebrating our Volunteers

Martin - profile-1Volunteer profile

Martin has been attending the BCLS Night Service every fortnight to observe and gain experience as he transitions from maxillofacial surgeon to volunteer legal practitioner. He has also generously hosted BCLS staff and volunteers at his residence for a Christmas Function last year and a recent Law Week celebration.

Role

Observing the experts deal with interesting law stuff.

Job

Volunteer (for volunteer lawyers only)

How long have you been with BCLS?

Just under a year now.

What is the best part of your role with BCLS?

Acknowledging the vast variety and scope of legal problems within the community and well as gaining significant insight into the psychological and stressful effects of these problems for our clients, in particular the area of the family law.

Favourite 5:

Movie: Forest Gump

Song: Your Song by Elton John

Local Restaurant: Parker’s Steak House

Holiday Spot: Venice, Italy

Hobby: Martial Arts weapons training

What do you do to relax and unwind ?

Get immersed in playing improvised piano

Favorite TV lawyer or law show?

Boston Legal

If you had 1,000,000 dollars to give away, how would you do it?

Set up a centre to help those in need of any health, legal or general life problems.

What book can you read over and over again?

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

What do you feel strongly enough about to protest?

Racial Discrimination and Vilification

If you had a year off with pay, what would you do?

I would volunteer my time as a mentor to encourage and motivate people to achieve the best they can do in their lives.

Random fact about the area of law you deal with:

Transport Accident Commission established by the Transport and Accident Act 1986 (Vic) covers injuries and deaths occurring in Victoria BUT it also covers accidents outside Victoria if the vehicle is registered in Victoria and the person injured was a Victorian resident or a driver or passenger in a Victorian registered motor car.