Voluntary Litigation Assistants

Sarah Andruchow

Sarah Andruchow

Sarah is a criminologist who has worked as a specialist in law enforcement for more than 15 years, including in the areas of violent extremism, terrorism, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Peak life experiences include working with the United Nations in Lebanon and Iraq, as well as volunteering as a zookeeper with Taronga Conservation Society. Sarah is intrigued with the unique qualities of other people and is interested in bridging the space between us. She has a heart for vulnerable communities, particularly those who are threatened and seek refuge.

Sarah is happiest when reading a good book or watching episodes of the West Wing with her husband and two dogs, from the comfort of their couch.

Georgia Berriman

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.

Mia Bridle

Mia is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) student at the University of Sydney. She has a passion for human rights law and cares about increasing the equitability of the justice system, which has lead to her volunteering for organisations such as the RLP and the Feminist Legal Clinic. In her spare time she can be found skating around the roller derby track.

Susan Campbell

Susan is currently studying a Juris Doctor at Canberra University. After completing a degree in psychology, Susan spent several years working in law enforcement, obtaining her Detectives appointment. Susan worked in a variety of positions including, serious criminal investigation, sex crimes investigation, domestic violence, police prosecutions, and major fraud.

Experiences in law enforcement, particularly in outback Australia and working with asylum seekers on Christmas Island shaped Susan’s views on social justice. Particularly, the need for quality legal assistance and how this enhances opportunities for social justice and achieving fair outcomes.

Susan is currently a serious fraud and corruption investigator for the Commonwealth Government, and is passionate about transparency, accountability and achieving just outcomes. Susan’s legal interests include administrative law, criminal law, torts and constitutional law. In her downtime Susan enjoys keeping fit, running with her super energetic dog Finn, scuba diving, camping and outdoor adventures.

Venette Choi

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 Cologon

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 Dandeniya

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 Hopley

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 Jones

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.

Alice Zhou

Joshua Kan

Joshua is a qualified solicitor and a current Master of Laws candidate at the University of New South Wales. He had formerly worked at a major commercial law firm and had experience in human rights research and policy and the professional services industry. His interests include commercial dispute resolution, international law and pro bono work. Joshua firmly believes that access to justice is key to ensuring equality before the law and is keen to use his legal skills to assist the most vulnerable in society.

Kevin Kim

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.

Danika Lee

Danika Lee

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.

Zoe Mangos

Zoe Mangos

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 Nair

Tanith Nair

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.

Tanith Nair

Rory O’Sullivan

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.

Zoe Re

Zoe Re

Zoe is currently a third-year Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of International Studies at Macquarie University. She has always had a passion for human rights and saw law as the perfect avenue to rectifying inequalities between people. Her legal interests include criminal law and legal jurisprudence. Outside of her studies, Zoe is Vice President of the Macquarie University Greek Association and loves to play tennis and travel.

Taylah Schrader

Taylah Schrader

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.

Refugee Law Project VLA Syed Shah

Syed Shah

Syed is a final year student undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Professional Accounting at Macquarie University. Syed is passionate about advocacy and assisting individuals that are disadvantaged and excluded in society. His legal interest areas include criminal, international, constitutional, and administrative law. During his free time, Syed enjoys spending time hiking, exercising, reading, and playing cricket.

Han Terrien

Han Terrien

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.

Alice Zhou

Alice Zhou

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.