Adam Willson is the Outreach Lawyer at Fitzroy Legal Service.
Adam works closely with alcohol and drug agencies such as North Richmond Community Health Centre and cohealth to provide holistic and a harm reduction approach to legal service delivery including community legal education, referral and advice, advocacy and casework.
Adam has fostered strong working relationships with needle exchange and drug outreach workers. In particular he appreciates that his clients disclose pressing issues to these workers because they are respected, trusted and accessible – for example, walking along Victoria Street daily to see how individuals are travelling. Adam understands that he inherits this trust on receiving referrals from these agencies.
The referrals from agencies are always individuals with complex legal and non-legal needs facing significant disadvantage without legal advice or representation.
Adam genuinely cares for and respects his clients and as a result individuals who use drugs listen to and engage with him. He appreciates the complexity and challenges faced by people who use drugs and is committed to providing high quality legal representation. Adam demonstrates this commitment everyday every day, preparing casework, appearing at court, or delivering legal advice at outreach in the community.
Well done Adam.