Q: Congratulations on your nomination for the Law Society President’s Award. How long have you belonged to the Law Society Pro Bono Scheme and what prompted you to join?
A: I joined the Scheme 15-20 years ago after I participated on a pro bono basis in the Bondi Beach squatters case, pursuing rights for the homeless people who were sleeping in the Bondi Pavilion.
Q: Does your pro bono work through the Scheme focus on particular areas of law or practice?
A: Crime, domestic violence, wills and family law — these are areas of law I am familiar with.
Q: What are your criteria for taking on a pro bono matter?
A: The client is a needy person and the matter is urgent.
Q: Can you provide one or two examples of the impact that your work has on the lives of your clients?
A: (1) Assisting a grandmother by preparing an affidavit so that she could see her grandchild.
(2) Assisting a disappointed litigant by telephone to file a notice of intention to file on the last day to appeal a failed District Court personal injuries claim.
Q: What challenges are associated with your pro bono practice?
A: Defining the parameters of the pro bono assignment.
Q: What advice do you have for lawyers in small firms who are considering doing more pro bono legal work?
A: You get a great feeling of pleasure when the pro bono client appreciates even a small amount of legal help.