Voluntary Litigation Assistants
Georgia is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws student at the University of Technology Sydney. Her experience with university programs such as the Brennan Justice and Leadership Award and the UTS Law Student Society’s Justice Action Committee has led to an interest in, and passion for, accessible justice that prompted her involvement with the Refugee Legal Project.
In 2017 she undertook an internship based in East Timor with an NGO that focused on sustainability and throughout the duration of her degree has worked in a volunteer capacity in a number of programs for a NFP organisation working closely with refugees and vulnerable community members. As such, her main areas of legal interest include environmental law, administrative law and disability and mental health law.
Nina Marie Bishay
Nina is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Global Studies at the Australian Catholic University. Her legal interests include international taxation law, business law and administrative law. Since the early commencement of her tertiary career Nina has also held a strong interest for social justice and participating in various programs such as RLP that cater to the vulnerable and disadvantaged. In her spare time Nina enjoys reading and participating in language exchanges with people of various cultures.
Venette has just completed her law studies at the Australian Catholic University. She believes that legal assistance should be accessible for everyone. Her interests include migration, environmental causes, history, travel and health & wellbeing.
Emily is a final year law student at the Australian Catholic University. She has an interest in human rights, property and administrative law. Since volunteering for local community legal centres Emily has understood the importance that everyone deserves to be heard and have equal access to justice. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing the piano and spending time with friends.
Dilini is an overseas qualified legal practitioner who has worked in Sri Lanka for more than 10 years. She has a Masters in Laws of International Trade from the University of Wales, United Kingdom and a Diploma in Legal Services in NSW. She is currently undertaking a Diploma in Law with LPAB to complete her formal legal education in NSW to become a Solicitor. Her legal interest areas include criminal law, family law and property law. In her spare time she enjoys reading and baking.
Bridget is a final year Law student at the University of Technology Sydney. She is volunteering at Marrickville Legal Centre alongside her study and has been accepted into an International Human Rights program in Geneva in Summer 2020. She is also passionate about creative writing and learning languages.
Thomas is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Commerce (Accounting) at the Australian Catholic University. His legal interest areas include commercial and international law. Thomas is eager to use his time at the RLP to serve the most vulnerable in society: unrepresented asylum seekers. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys reading science fiction and playing video games with friends.
Steven is a playwright, actor and theatre director with a passion for social equality and human rights. He has had over 20 plays produced around Australia and internationally, including several ‘living history’ productions as writer-in-residence for Convict Footprints. He is also an award-winning director, and is the founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney Shakespeare Company.
Helen is a qualified solicitor who has worked in five countries and lived in eight, before returning to Australia to practice law. Her earlier experience includes advising on the emerging China market at one of the big accounting firms, business development at an international law firm and researching access to justice for a professor at NYU.
Sarah is about to commence her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. She works part time as a paralegal in the banking & finance sector and her legal interests include administrative law, intellectual property and constitutional law. In her spare time she enjoys travel, socialising and classical ballet.
Kevin is a third-year Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) / Bachelor of Laws student at the University of Sydney. His legal interest areas include criminal, international and contract law. Having a keen passion for humanitarianism and justice, Kevin is compelled to work, aid and learn alongside like-minded individuals in assisting unrepresented individuals for which the RLP serves. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing basketball, swimming and spending time with family and friends.
Danielle is a fourth year Bachelor of Law/Arts student at the Australian Catholic University majoring in Political Science. Her legal interest areas include environmental law, administrative law and property law. Danielle firmly advocates for access to justice in all areas of law with this being the driving force behind her involvement in the Refugee Law Project. In her spare time Danielle enjoys bushwalking, travel and playing her Nintendo.
Danika has recently completed her Bachelor of Laws at the Australian Catholic University and is currently completing her PLT at the College of Law. Her legal interest areas include criminal law, family law and administrative law. In her spare time she enjoys going for bush walks, camping and spending quality time with friends and family.
Vivian is a fifth year Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations) student at the University of New South Wales. In 2017, she undertook an overseas exchange at the University of Hong Kong. Her legal interest areas include international, administrative, constitutional, migration and environmental law. In her spare time, she bullet-journals, bakes pies and pets cats.
Natacha is completing the Diploma in Law at Sydney University, through the Legal Profession Admission Board. Born in Portugal before moving to Mozambique, she was educated in South Africa and France, and has worked for various media houses, trading companies and non-governmental organisations in London, Johannesburg and Sydney. Fluent in four languages, she is widely travelled, holds a Masters in International and European Community Law from Montpellier University, France, and is a mother to three wonderful daughters. With a focus in Public International Law, she enjoys working on social justice and international development projects, while being an avid hiker, photographer, reader, gardener, cook and animal lover in her spare time.
Zoe is in her final year of a Bachelor of Law/Psychological Science undergraduate degree at Australian Catholic University. Her legal interest areas include animal law, mental health law and migration law. She aspires to work in a capacity that gives voice to those who otherwise cannot talk through incapacitation or disability. In her spare time, she is passionate about volunteering to RSPCA, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Tanith is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Laws majoring in International Law and Global Governance. Tanith is passionate about advocacy and legal representation for disadvantaged and impoverished persons and intends to pursue a career in the human rights law field. She has previous legal experience in commercial litigation and the not-for-profit sector. Tanith is also a professional musician by trade and enjoys connecting with people through music. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running and spoiling her three little dogs.
Nghia Nguyen-Le is a senior leader and mentor with over 10 years’ experience in strategy, project, and program management for the Government and Non-Government Sector. Nghia has a Masters in International Social Development (Refugees and Forced Migration) and a Masters in International Studies. She has studied in Germany and worked in the United Kingdom where she applied strategic influence in both humanitarian and corporate responsibilities. She is passionate about delivering sustainable humanitarian initiatives that drive human rights policies and practices, promotes good governance, best practice and active citizenship, as well as implementing solutions to pressing social impact issues.
Rory is a Bachelor of Law graduate. He is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice at the Australian Catholic University. Being involved with the Refugee Law Project has been a vital experience for him, enabling him to communicate and help people that would otherwise be unrepresented in a foreign court system. His interests include migration and criminal law, board games and tennis.
Taylah is currently in her penultimate year of a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies (France) at the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2018, she took part in a year-long scholastic exchange to the Université de Strasbourg, France where she produced a thesis on the current socio-linguistic condition of the Alsacian dialect. Between March and October 2019, under contract to the Vice-Rectorat of France, Taylah worked as an English teacher at the Lycée du Grand Nouméa, New Calédonia. Having returned to Australia, she is now interested in using her experiences in Europe and the Pacific Region to tackle social justice issues at home and to assist those struggling through the Australian asylum process.
Vikki is a second year Law Student currently completing a Diploma in Law at Sydney University, through the Legal Profession Admission Board. She also works for a humanitarian not for profit organisation which works closely with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Thailand. Originating from Scotland, Vikki holds an honour’s degree in Applied Social Science and has case management leadership experience in areas such as substance abuse and mental health. Vikki has also worked extensively with refugees and asylum seekers for the past seven years in a case management capacity. Her desire to pursue law stems from her belief all individuals deserve the right to justice regardless of background. In her spare time, Vikki enjoys writing blogging articles, travelling, yoga and watching true crime documentaries.
Han was born in Vietnam but raised in France. She did a Masters of International Law and is currently studying for a Juris Doctor at the University of New South Wales. She is passionate about psychology and philosophy. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing bachata, reading and traveling as much as she can.
Claudia is about to begin the final year of her Bachelor of Laws (majoring in International and Global Governance)/ Bachelor of Arts degree at Macquarie University. Claudia is passionate about human rights law. In early 2019 Claudia had the opportunity to explore this passion while studying specialised human rights subjects at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Claudia intends to pursue this passion by dedicating her career to alleviating the barriers to justice vulnerable individuals’ experience when navigating the Australian legal system. This desire to increase accessibility to justice motivates Claudia’s involvement in the Refugee Law Project. During her spare time, Claudia likes to lace up her hiking boots, set up her swag and explore the great outdoors. Claudia is also an avid traveller and enjoys cooking for her friends and family.
Margaret Turnbull will graduate in October with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Charles Darwin University, Australia. Her passion for justice, particularly the intersection between human rights and transnational environmental law, compelled her to study law.
She has recently returned from participating in the Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic and is keen to continue advocating in this field.
Eric is about to complete his final year of a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Finance) / Bachelor of Laws degree at Macquarie University. He is strongly passionate about the potential for legal technology to increase access to justice for the most vulnerable members of society and his main legal areas of interest include constitutional, administrative, Indigenous, discrimination, migration and human rights law. In July 2019, he participated in a short-term summer exchange program at Tilburg University (based in the Netherlands) which exposed him to the systematic human rights violations caused by human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence. With this knowledge, he returned to Australia determined to find a way to use his legal education to make a meaningful social impact. In his spare time, Eric enjoys being a part-time tradie, nurturing his indoor garden and spending quality time with his labrador, Sake.
Six years ago, Alice decided to pursue a legal education after attending a community event on refugee rights. She is currently in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Law/Arts (International Relations and Politics) at the University of New South Wales. Her areas of legal interest include international, constitutional, administrative, and criminal laws. In her spare time, Alice enjoys playing netball, painting landscapes, and singing along to her favourite musicals.