17 May 2017

As part of National Law Week, staff, students and alumni from the QUT Faculty of Law hit the streets of Brisbane’s CBD again this year to raise vital funds for LawRight (formerly known as QPILCH).

Led by the Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes and the Honourable Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath (who are both QUT Law Alumni), the Brisbane walk began and finished at the Queen Elizabeth II Court Complex and followed a five kilometre route along both sides of the Brisbane River.

The annual legal walk celebrates the legal profession’s commitment to ensuring all Queenslanders have access to the legal system while raising awareness about the opportunities that organisations such as LawRight can provide.

LawRight assists more than 3,000 disadvantaged Queenslanders each year. They aim to remove barriers to justice and provide pro bono legal services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, young people transitioning from care, people with a mental illness, refugees and self-represented litigants.

First year law student, Samuel Broadbent, was proud to participate in the walk.

"By participating in the walk I was given the opportunity to play my part in the fight against the injustice of our legal system, and raise money to support those in the community who, through their circumstances, are not always given access to adequate legal counsel," Samuel said.

As part of their degree, QUT Law students have the opportunity to volunteer at legal clinics such as LawRight, the Caxton Legal Centre and the Environmental Defender’s Office, to expand their experience and practical knowledge while giving back to the community.

Jake Stacey, who is a third year law and business student and the Vice President of Education for the QUT Law Society, is a student who has taken advantage of these opportunities and was also pleased to see the large turn out for the event.

“I have struggled to afford the costs associated with attending university and living out of home, and to know the legal fraternity is united in providing access to justice and affordable legal care to those less fortunate has significant importance to me as an equity student. I have volunteered at Caxton Legal Centre and know first-hand the great contributions made by Community Legal Centres and thank LawRight for the wonderful organisation of the event,” Jake said.

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QUT staff, students and alumni donned the QUT colours during this year's walk.

QUT Faculty of Law students and alumni were all smiles as they completed the 5km walk.


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