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Pro bono work is a core value of the legal profession. UQ law students uphold this honourable tradition by undertaking voluntary work through the UQ Pro Bono Centre. These activities do not attract academic credit but provide them with practical work experiences and the chance to use their legal training to help disadvantaged members of the community. The UQ Pro Bono Centre thanks the following students who participated in pro bono activities in 2013 and 2014.

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Carl Tessmann
Holly Woodcroft
Research Australia’s extra-territorial human rights obligations
Cancer Council Queensland Kelly Staunton
Alissa McKillop
Assisting Chief Information Officer with privacy law-related matters
Manning St Project Ailsa McKeown
Bonita Wong
Hannah Baldry
Kelly Staunton
Lucy McAuliffe
Matthew Daniell
Jessica Faithfull
Portia Tyle
Nick Lindsay
Melanie Wong
Anne-Marie Chin
Julia Phillips
Amisha Patel
Public interest research:
  • Prison overcrowding
  • Post release prison services
  • Genocide in Queensland
  • G20
Allens Ravi Gosal
Maja Cvjetanovic
Jessica Guy
Short-term research project to assist Allens with a literature review of existing research on the use of technology by CLCs in delivering legal services.
Cancer Council Queensland Elysia Panter Placement to assist the grants and bequests team with bequests administration
Women’s Legal Service Emma-Rose Solomon
Kathryn O’Hare
Elizabeth Troeger
Research and draft a position paper for WLS on the need for a sexual assault communications privilege in Queensland.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties Gabriel Perry
Phoebe Jones
Legal research on the Mental Health Act 2000 to inform QCCL’s submission in to the Queensland government’s review of the Act.
Allens Bianca Tracy
Tony McCarthy
Juliet Walker
Maja Cvetanovic
Assisting Allens with a large-scale pro bono project to develop a Legal Capacity Handbook for Queensland lawyers (on instructions from QAILS)
DLA Piper May-Ann Chen Legal assistant to DLA Piper’s internal pro bono legal team, working under direction of the firm’s pro bono coordinator.
QPILCH Rachel Hew
Anthony Gardner
Carly Chenoweth
Maria Cantrill
Valentine Dubois
Providing interview/survey support to QPILCH clients for an evaluation of QPILCH self-representation services.
QAILS Jo Sampford
Victoria Allen
CLC History Project – working with QAILS Director James Farrell and UQ Historian Dr Kathleen Warner to provide research assistance to produce a written history of CLCs in Queensland
Women’s Legal Service Bronte English
Pui-Chi Cheung
Ruby Nielsen
Editing and re-writing the WLS Mediation Booklet to incorporate changes to the law and a greater focus on family dispute resolution and DV issues.
Student Advisory Panel Matthew Daniell
Jessica Guy
Gabriel Perry
Advising Centre Director on student pro bono activities
EDO Donald Spearitt Summer regional placement opportunity to work with the EDO Northern Queensland Principal Solicitor in Cairns Office.
Barrister-at-law Ollie Peel Urgent assistance to provide court assistance to Dr Smith for a summary judgment application (QPILCH pro bono referral)
ICJ (Qld) Jordan English
Anthony Gardner
Jenny Wang
Research into whistleblowing provisions of the PID Act.
QPILCH Self Rep Service Kirstie Gibson
Arndt Herrmann
Michael Esteban
Nicholas Higgins
Travis Irons
Nicole Brazier
Self-rep service evaluation project – surveying clients of the self-rep service
Mackay Regional CLC Meghan de Pinto-Smith Vacation placement with Mackay Regional CLC.
Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy Shamma Rifayat
Naomi Hayes
Vanessa Brown
Jillian Lorenzo
Casework assistance for QADA clients.
QAI Emily Boller
Madeleleine Ryan
Short-term: tasks ranging from legal research and drafting, to preparation of counsel briefs, photocopying and other administrative tasks
Tenants Queensland Aisling Scott
Tamsyn Hinksman
Joanne Choy
Emily Kelly
2 x legal casework and intake support for the TUQ Principal Solicitor; 2 x publications roles - development of some fact sheets for sharehouse tenants/renters, website information updating.
QAILS Victoria Bauer
Gabrielle Minards
Rahael Eapen
Madeleine McMaster
2 x admin & legal research (1 x QAILS Reconciliation Action Plan & 1 x QAILS Social Justice sub-comm); 2 x admin CLC and legal referrals.
Manning St Project Sara Ser
Valentine Dubois
Anna Gunning-Stevenson
Sophie Underwood
Isobel Yule
Amina Karcic
Victoria Allen
Damian Maher
Maria Cantrill
Alasdair McCallum
Edith Cham
Juliet Walker
Sidney Sneddon
Joseph Lelliott
  • Missing Persons Project
  • Pro Bono Values Project;
  • Prisoners and Debt project
  • QCAT and young people
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties Rebecca Chong
Keertan Samra
Mandy Lim
Cammie Loy
Flexible research project on issues relating to the collection of metadata and privacy law.
DLA Piper Samuel Hickey Research, outreach legal clinics, admin & legal support to national DLE Piper pro bono team.
ABC Radio National Amina Karcic Legal research assistance – separation of powers
QPILCH Self Rep Service Arndt Herrmann
Nathan Morley
Xavier Keary
QCAT x 2 – self rep service
Fed/Supreme Court x 1 – self rep service
Women’s Legal Service Keertan Samra
Lisa Palmer
Casework admin, legal research support & grant-writing, other office duties
QPILCH Mental Health Law Practice Tony McCarthy
Ella Ma
Constance McLaran
Bianca Tracy
Rachel Hew
Courtney Blomfield
Jo Sampford
Ailsa McKeon
Naadira Omarjee
Matthew Leadbetter
Jenny Wang
Joanne Choy
Training and participation in Mental Health Law Project’s Volunteer Advocacy Scheme.
Royal Flying Doctor Service Zoe Chan Legal assistance to RFDS bequest officer. 
Supreme Court of Tonga Balawyn Jones
Ravi Gosal
Lachlan Campbell
Alistair McCallum
Civil and criminal juries in Tonga – comparative research project
Children By Choice Pui-Chi   Cheung
Phuong  Nguyen
Hannah  Baldry
Harry Maxwell
Flexible research project on reproductive health & Domestic Violence.
Bar Association Pro Bono Unit Kathryn O’Hare
Holly Woodcroft
Comparative Research -  international/State Bar Pro bono Units inc: governance, funding etc.
Barrister-at-Law Holly Woodcroft Casework assistance for litigation matter (pro bono disciplinary hearing at UQ)
Cancer Council Queensland Daniel O’Connor General legal assistance – bequests and contract database admin etc.
Barrister-at-Law Niamh Reilly Research for urgent pro bono QCAT hearing
LJIQ Anita Siek
Belinda Hennessey
Preparation and draft for law reform submission.
YAC - Casework solicitor Serena Whitfield
Alexandra Thams
General casework assistance to assist lawyers.
Barrister-at-Law James Hodge Assisting with submission into Assisted Reproductive Therapy review.
WLS - DV research project Alanie Joseph
Isabella Rafty
Research re: type of DV court duty lawyer services in Aust states and territories and the existence (if any) of Best Practice Guidelines.
Hopgood Ganim Kerrie Hales
Ruby Rayner
Tristan Pagliano
Research re Native Title Act and the Racial Discrimination Act (cases include Ward v Cth; WA v Cth) for an ongoing pro bono native title case.
YAC - CLE project Caitlin White
Elizabeth Troeger
Review and update existing CLE material and provide overall support for CLE lawyer.
Holding Redlich James Andrews Research re “residential tenancy agreement” under the RTRA Act and compile findings in a memo to inform advice to client.
QADA - CLE Taylor Mobbs
Hamish Macdonald
CLE - Design and deliver informal ‘legal talks’ to clients of Burnie Brae, including legal information about Enduring Powers of Attorney etc.
QPILCH Bar referral scheme Laura Manley Conduct research and write up findings into a pre-prepared memo to Counsel.
Caxton - G20 Colin Craig
Belinda Hennessy
Matthew Daniel
Research and draft a safety policy for ILO volunteers and assist with various tasks to prepare for an ILO training session in October.
LJIQ - judicial discretion Evelyn Hoare
Nathan Lindsay
Review judicial discretion in Queensland and draft a report outlining key findings.
LJIQ - judicial selection Joshua Sproule
Amina Karcic
Review judicial appointments in Queensland since 2012 and draft report setting out findings.
Sisters Inside Helen Lane Reviewing existing SIS material and help draft a report on behalf of SIS re: Inquiry into Crime Prevention in Queensland.
Supreme Court Library Laura Uptin
May-Ann Chen
Thomas Cameron
Julia Wei
Dominic Fawcett
Transcribe a set of handwritten diaries belonging to Arthur Feez KC. Supreme Court Library initiative to include diary excerpts in the 2014 Queensland Legal Yearbook.

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