Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service
While a student at Monash Law School, Richard and Jeanne Pratt’s daughter Fiona Geminder undertook a practical unit at Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service. The Legal Service is one of two operated by Monash Law School in conjunction with Victorian Legal Aid and local municipalities. The community legal services give Monash students the opportunity to be involved in ‘hands on’ legal practice, providing pro bono advice to members of the public, under the supervision of volunteer lawyers.
Many Monash law students find their work within the services to be very inspiring. Ms Geminder found this time to be life-changing: “The experience has been sometimes challenging and extremely rewarding and I would not have swapped any of my time doing the Professional Practice subject for the world,” Ms Geminder said, in Reflections on Professional Practice in 2006. After her graduation in 2006 Ms Geminder championed a major donation from The Pratt Foundation to the Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service.