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During 25+ years in the legal industry, Dianne worked her way up the ranks holding various positions and responsibilities including but not exhaustive of titles such as Para legal, Cottage Conveyancer, Commercial Conveyancer, Practice Manager, Consultant to lawyers, Trainer, Researcher, PA to Senior Partners with extensive experience in establishing law firms, building client databases, researching, authoring training manuals, precedents and rewriting policy, accounting and accountability to other Government Departments such as the Office of State Revenue and Department of Lands, CITEC and others.
She has personally endured a barrage of legal battles, consequential to negligent financial advice which sent her whole life spiraling.
Dianne was forced to fight alone, without legal aid, without legal representation, without financial assistance.
She experienced one wall after another, with what community services exist offering no hope at all.
Dianne vows to expand upon these issues in future literature outside of advocacy submissions.
One of the most important references Dianne learned was the significance of knowing what options there are for the public, notwithstanding the fact she had by this time fallen into the bracket of the lower socio economic class without financial resources, ignorant to the ways of the system and disadvantaged by her professional background, a double edged sword, also to be expanded upon.
Knowing you have options and what those options are escapes the majority of us when in fact, access to information is fundamental to a democratic society and a civil right. Dianne Mead
…”access to information is a fundamental human right, as recognized by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Claude Reyes v. Chile. The Court held that Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights guaranteeing the right to freedom of thought and expression “includes ‘not only the right and freedom to express one’s own thoughts, but also the right and freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.’”
Likewise, Article 19 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights establishes that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to seek, receive, and disseminate information. Excerpt Dept. of International Law http://www.oas.org/dil/access_to_information.htm
Dianne strongly believes in unfettered access for all to justice regardless of financial status or circumstance.
She is well aware that seeking justice or the morally right outcome comes at a huge personal price especially given legal and social systems do not afford equality of representation, fairness in treatment or flexibility for consideration and compassion for individual personal circumstances.
“Lack of knowledge very often is the culprit of decisions that would otherwise not have been made and adverse repercussions not anticipated which is prayed upon, even by our own legal systems, to the demise or misfortune of others.
I know this to be a truism through hard lessons learned during personal experience over the past 10 years. Had I not the knowledge and background, many a times unjust judgments could have been ordered.
I feel compassion for my fellow man, victims and pray of our legal fraternities and other offices of responsibility who abuse their positions.
These are the reasons people give up, why family units break down, why youth and adult suicide, murder, domestic violence and abuse are prevalent and on the rise.
I am an advocate for wider access to FREE legal education as part of sharing in a democratic society, creating harmony and balance and encouraging peace of mind through the conscious proactive approach to elevation of mental and emotional well being.” Dianne Mead
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