Asylum seekers, local communities, benefit from law student's community service

The 2014 Victoria Law Foundation Chief Justice’s Medal for Excellence and Community Service was awarded to Melbourne Law School graduate Amy Frew.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Amy demonstrated commitment to asylum seekers, and, more recently, for her work on the Police Accountability Project website at the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre.

‘Amy’s long-term volunteer work in supporting vulnerable people with better access to justice, made her the outstanding candidate for this year’s award,’ said Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director Joh Kirby.

‘Of her many impressive endeavours, her volunteer work for five years with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre stands out'.

‘In addition, she also volunteered with Victoria Legal Aid and the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, where she secured funding through a University of Melbourne grant to develop a new website for their Police Accountability Project'.

‘Amy also volunteers weekly at Waller Legal, a law firm specialising in assisting victims of historical sexual assault,’ Ms Kirby said.

Ms Frew said her passion for social justice and human rights is the reason she studied law.

‘I believe that the goal of community service should be to engage and empower the community to uphold their rights, and this belief underpins my voluntary and professional service in the community,’ Ms Frew said.

Each year the Victoria Law Foundation Chief Justice’s Medal for Excellence and Community Service is awarded to one graduating Victorian law student who demonstrates academic excellence in their legal studies and a commitment to community service.

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