Launch of the Social Justice Program (SJP)

23 November 2009

The Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs, welcomed more than 250 alumni and friends to the launch of Sydney Law School's Social Justice Program (SJP) on Thursday 19 November.

The program allows law students to gain practical legal experience while serving the disadvantaged members of our community, through partnerships with organizations such as Refugee Advice and Casework Services, Public Interest Law clearing House, Lawyers Beyond Borders, among others.

The Hon. Justice Virginia Bell SC (LLB 1977) of the High Court of Australia addresses the audience

Professor Peter Cashman, Kim Santow Chair in Law & Social Justice and Director of the SJP, said "This law school's vision of social justice is not confined to any one subject , any one program, or the perspective of any one person. This is reflected in teaching and research in subjects as diverse as human rights, international law, constitutional law, environmental law, taxation and corporations law, family law, health law, employment law and in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, industrial relations and criminal justice, to name just a few."

Mrs Kim Santow accepts her gift from the Sydney Law School

Keynote Speaker and Patron of the SJP The Honourable Justice Virginia Bell reiterated the sentiment that social justice should permeate the legal community as a whole. "The Social Justice Program offered by Sydney Law School will help to equip students with the practical skills that will enable them to make a contribution to the community through pro bono work as practising lawyers, regardless of their field of specialty."

The NSW Bar Choir performs

Edward Santow, son of the late Kim Santow who was Chancellor of the University from 2001 until 2007, addressed the crowd about his father's dedication to social justice, and his family's pride in having a chair in social justice named in his father's honour.

The New South Wales Bar Choir, under the direction of Justice Peter Hidden, ended the evening with three songs.

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