We encourage our lawyers to actively participate in, and support, various services in the local community.
Our staff have volunteered their time at various services including the St Kilda Legal Service, Peninsula Community Legal Centre, Darebin Community Legal Centre and the Women’s Legal Service which provides advice and referrals to women, often from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are also proud supporters of the Monash University Faculty of Law, the Criminal and Family Law Association at Melbourne Law School, and Skyline Education Foundation Australia.
Family Property and Financial Disputes Law Prize
The Taussig Cherrie Fildes Family Property and Financial Disputes Law Prize is awarded each year to high achieving students of Monash University’s Faculty of Law.
Taussig Cherrie Fildes is honoured to be a continuing supporter of this prize awarded in our name, recognising and encouraging hard work, dedication and academic accomplishment in the area of family law for students of Monash University. We congratulate past winners and hope students will be inspired by the prize to share our interest in family law.
Taussig Cherrie Fildes is proud to be a foundation platinum sponsor of the Criminal and Family Law Association (CFLA). The CFLA is a student association based in the Melbourne Law School.
The aim of the CFLA is twofold. Firstly, to provide students at the Melbourne Law School with access to opportunities and information regarding careers in criminal and family law. Secondly, to provide events and initiatives that are designed to educate, inform, and engage the student body on legal issues in criminal law, family law and the intersection of these two practice areas.
The Skyline Program provides intensive support for talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds, for the last two years of their secondary education by providing financial, educational, emotional and practical support.
Recipients face multiple challenges and come from a financially disadvantaged background; often from single parent households, on a minimum wage. They have also faced other adversities in their young lives. Some are immigrants and do not speak English as their first language; others have grown up with parents who suffer addiction. Sadly, some students have experienced violence or persecution in their early years.
In many cases, a Skyline recipient is the first person in his or her family to complete secondary school. In this way, Skyline is helping to overcome the barriers of disadvantage and help students pursue their passions.
Skyline students say that being a part of the Skyline Program has provided them with opportunities to pursue study and employment options that they might not have had otherwise. Many Skyline students earn leadership positions in their schools and local communities, becoming role models for other young people.