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Volunteer Profile Nick

Nick got involved with Rainbow Families when one of his lawyers asked if RF could get some commercial advice about becoming an incorporated association and managing its bank account.
DTL facilitated the advice session and Nick was asked to join the committee. "I loved the passion of the people at that meeting and was convinced I could contribute and help the organisation become more structured and the leading advocate for our community. Since that time I guess my biggest contribution has been DTL suing a prominent anti gay company on behalf of the community and donating settlement money of $10K to rainbow families. Second to that giving legal advice on our many projects and facilitating political advocacy when I can." 

Nicholas is a partner at out loud and proud® LGBTI law firm Dowson Turco Lawyers (DTL). He was formerly an intellectual property lawyer at a top tier Australian law firm and Corporate Counsel at a large international telco. At DTL, Nicholas appears for clients in the Local Court of NSW, the Children’s Court of NSW, the District Court of NSW and the Australian Crime Commission. He also takes carriage of human rights cases including being the lawyer for Alan Rosendale, a gay bashing victim of the 1980s who believes he was targeted by an organised group of law enforcement officers who engaged in systematic gay hate crimes during that time. In the wider community Nicholas is the LGBTI Co-Chair and Executive Committee member at Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Vice President of the New Theatre Newtown and a pro bono lawyer at the NSW Inner City Legal Centre.

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