In this issue the Centre welcomes our new UNSW School of Law Social Justice interns, Sheenal Chandra and Basim Zaidi.
Sheenal is in her final year of a Bachelor of Commerce and Laws at UNSW, with both volunteer and corporate experience. She has personally seen the value of pro bono work undertaken by lawyers, having volunteered at the Toongabbie Legal Centre since March 2014.
Through her volunteering, Sheenal has been exposed to the unfortunate reality that disadvantaged people face various barriers in accessing the justice system, and that an inability to address a minor legal issue can cascade into a range of legal and non-legal problems.
Sheenal strongly believes that all lawyers have an obligation to engage in pro bono work and to support a system that makes legal services readily available to those who need them the most. She has come to volunteer at the Australian Pro Bono Centre to help the Centre promote a strong pro bono culture within the legal profession and support the provision of pro bono legal services.