Friday, 13 November 2015
Growing up in India Anu Kothapalli was encouraged by her grandfather to give back to her community by helping those less fortunate than herself.
That passion for social justice and her volunteering spirit has won the ECU law student the Magistrate’s Society of WA’s Geoff Ajduk Memorial Prize
The prize is awarded annually to a Western Australian law student who demonstrates a commitment to social justice and community service.
“As a child in New Delhi I was exposed to many third world country problems such as over population, poor health and lack of financial stability,” she said. “This opened my eyes to the hardship many suffer.”
As part of her studies at ECU, Anu completed a unit in Community Legal Practice at the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre meeting with the Centre’s clients and working with their legal staff providing advice.
“Since studying at Edith Cowan University I have been grateful for the many opportunities to give back through their focus on community involvement and make a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged.”
“I am also a weekly volunteer at the Mental Health Law Centre, this experience has been truly rewarding but also very challenging at times.”
School of Law and Justice Head Professor Anne Wallace said Anu’s commitment to contributing to her community made her a deserving winner of the award.
“ECU law students have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working with practising lawyers in a variety of ways,” she said.
“The Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, on our Joondalup Campus, is a key partner in providing opportunities for our students to work on real cases, with real clients, as part of their studies.”
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