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Just spaces: Community Legal Centres as levelling places of law

April 12, 2012
Megan Blair and Bridget Harris

Traditional legal spaces are exclusive zones. Barristers’ chambers and solicitors’ offices have almost invariably been designed as private spaces that embody an imbalance of power between practitioners of law and clients. This article, which is informed by cultural geography theory and draws on the testimony of CLC workers, contends that CLCs have approached questions of dress, lawyer-client interactions and office structure in new ways that resist and transgress the spatial exclusion of typical legal places. However, consensus on how best to use space to foster community involvement and client empowerment has still not been reached.

This is the abstract for an article published in the peer-reviewed Alternative Law Journal March, 2012, Vol.37(1), pp. 8-11.

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