Voluntary Litigation Assistants
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.