Community in law since ’74

Community in Law since '74

Thanks for being part of the 50th Celebration!

On the night, or while it’s fresh, please use these links to support ECLC and give us feedback:


Want to share a message or your hopes for ECLC?

Both Get Involved and the Feedback Survey include a question to do that.


Our story:

In early 1974, a group of concerned residents, legal and community workers in the vicinity of Nunawading established a community legal centre to provide free and professional advice to the community. Thier aim was to alleviate the social injustices experienced by local people and to assist them to overcome difficulties in accessing the legal system.

From those small beginnings, Eastern Community Legal Centre has evolved, developed and expanded into a broad and dynamic multidisciplinary legal service that prevents problems, progresses fair outcomes and supports wellbeing and resilience of communities and community members across Melbourne's East.

Through those 50 years, community has been at the heart of ECLC and its work at all levels. However you've connected with the ECLC community, join us to celebrate, reminisce and look forward to the next stage of bringing community into the law.

View a copy of the online invitation here.  |  View a copy of the PDF invitation here.

Event Details

Friday 17 May 2024

6:30 PM - pre dinner networking drinks

7:00 PM - dinner commences

Manningham Function Centre
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Hosted by the Hon. Jennifer Coate AO, ECLC Patron
Acting Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission, Former Judge of the Family Court of Australia and former Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Keynote Speakers

The Hon. Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Federal Attorney-General

Aunty Zeta Thomson
Aboriginal Elder

Ash Dargan
Musical Storyteller

Eastern Community Legal Centre's landmark Volunteers and Partnerships Dinner acknowledges its volunteers and partnerships. It brings them together with broader key legal, community, health and government agencies and supporters.

The dinner will gather leaders and supporters across the Centre's 50-year journey and feature some reflections. It will also look to the future and the upcoming plans and hopes for our collective endeavours.

Registrations have now closed!



Eastern Community Legal Centre acknowledges the generous contribution and support from event sponsors

Golden Sponsors

For over 40 years Robinson Gill Lawyers has provided expert legal advice and a full complement of support services across all major areas of legal practice.

We understand that every client’s case is different and has its own unique requirements. We promise to work with you to ensure a holistic client centred service that delivers results.

Our team of lawyers hold Law Institute of Victoria Specialist Accreditation in the areas of Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Business Law and Commercial Litigation.

Eastlink is the largest tollway network in Victoria. The 40km road network comprises of EastLink (39km tollway), connecting the Eastern, Monash, Frankston and Peninsula Link freeways.

EastLink has the lowest toll prices in Australia and its design and operations help make it the safest freeway in Melbourne.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a full scope of legal services to the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions. The global law firm has more than 3,000 lawyers advising clients across more than 50 locations worldwide.

With its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity, Norton Rose Fulbright is recognized for its client service in key industries, including financial institutions; energy, infrastructure and resources; technology; transport; life sciences and healthcare; and consumer markets.

Maroondah City Council was constituted as a new municipality in 1994, bringing together the smaller cities of Ringwood and Croydon with areas of Doncaster, Templestowe and Lilydale. The City of Maroondah is made up of 9 and each ward is represented by one Councillor. Councillors are elected to represent the local community.

Council aims to recognise and protect the rights, interests and responsibilities of residents, businesses, individuals and public bodies within the City of Maroondah in accordance with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

Major Sponsors

Gadens is a leading Australian law firm with 97 partners and 880 staff across offices located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. With our history dating back to 1847, our vision is to be a preeminent, independent firm renowned for providing outstanding client service, innovative solutions and value.

We regularly undertake highly complex and day-to-day transactional legal work for a wide range of clients across multiple industry sectors. Our clients include major Australian and multinational organisations – we are advisors to more than a quarter of the Top 200 companies listed on the ASX – as well as many small to medium-sized businesses, and high-net-worth families and individuals.

Community Bank Inner East is a partnership between the local community and Bendigo Bank. Under a franchise agreement with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, we operate the Community Bank branches in Ashburton, Balwyn, Canterbury and Surrey Hills.

We support community-led initiatives that empower local organisations to drive solutions. We foster collaboration and build long term partnerships that create impact in our community and enable projects to fruition.


Partner Sponsors

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is Australia’s leading plaintiff and social justice law firm. We have built a reputation on the unwavering belief that the law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it.

For more than 100 years, Maurice Blackburn has had a proud history that includes the 40-hour workweek, the largest and most significant class action settlement in Australian history for the Black Saturday bushfires, protecting women and children on Manus Island and Nauru, and defending underpaid 7-Eleven employees.

With over 1,100 employees across 33 offices in Australia, our staff are empathetic, genuine and tenacious. We leave no stone unturned to win a case. So far, we have helped over 500,000 Australians seek justice.

MinterEllison provides legal and consulting services to a diverse client base across industries through offices in Australia and a global network of member firms and associated companies. In Australia, MinterEllison is one of the country's largest law firms.

Purpose is at our core - to create sustainable value with our clients, our people and our communities. Our solid values unite us to deliver excellent advice and service, build authentic and enduring relationships, and prioritise diversity and inclusion, and be curious and innovative.


Manningham City Council is a Local Government Authority in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The City of Manningham is located 12 km from Melbourne, Australia at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, bringing a unique combination of both cosmopolitan city and country lifestyles together over a total land area of 114 square kilometres.


The City of Whitehorse is located just 15 kilometres east of Melbourne and covers an area of 64 square kilometres.

Whitehorse City Council provides more than 100 high quality services and facilities across a range of areas.

At Whitehorse City Council, community is at the heart of everything we do. We aspire to be a healthy, vibrant, prosperous and sustainable community. We enable this through strong leadership and community partnerships. We strive to stay ahead of evolving changes and needs of our community.

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