The Social Justice Clinic aims to deliver the highest possible standard of legal and advocacy services while maintaining its primary focus on educational opportunities. For the project to be successful, we rely on partner organisations and part-time solicitor teachers to supervise students on campus.
National Justice Project
The National Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit human rights legal service that aims to assist some of Australia's most vulnerable people and communities by providing them with access to justice.
With community legal centres losing funding, the number of important test cases diminishing the NJP enables the most vulnerable to have their voices heard and to ensure that social justice principles apply to all.
It does this through the provision of legal services and the running of public interest cases. NJP also aims to educate the public and members of the legal profession by sharing stories of legal injustice and deploying sophisticated communications strategies to promote social justice, liberty, government accountability and equality for our clients and for all in our society.
Clinical Supervisor – Adjunct Professor George Newhouse
Professor Newhouse is the principal solicitor of the National Justice Project where his current work focuses on the treatment of asylum seekers and migrants, and Aboriginal deaths in custody. A graduate of the University of New South Wales, Professor Newhouse has nearly 30 years’ experience working in law in Australia and the United Kingdom. Professor Newhouse joined JPMorgan in Sydney as a corporate finance executive and was later transferred to JPMorgan's New York office. From New York, he moved to London where he worked for two years as a capital markets lawyer for Clifford Chance. In 1990, he returned to Sydney and continued working as a lawyer with Swaab & Associates. He became an accredited mediator and was a member of the Consumer Trader Tenancy Tribunal from 1999 to 2007 and a mediator for the Workers Compensation Commission from 2001 to 2010. In addition to his expertise in social justice law, Professor Newhouse specialises in defamation, privacy, negligence, property, finance and planning law.
Refugee Advice and Casework Service
The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) is an independent community legal centre that has been protecting and advocating for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia for more than 25 years.
The centre strives to ensure that individuals and families at risk of persecution gain access to equal and fair representation before the law.
Through individual advice sessions, community education and public advocacy, RACS assists people seeking asylum who would otherwise be left to navigate the legal complexities of applying for Australia's protection on their own.
Clinical Supervisor – Jemma Hollonds
Jemma Hollonds is a senior lawyer and manager at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). Prior to joining RACS, Jemma worked in legal and human rights policy at a range of not-for-profit and government agencies, including Anti-Slavery Australia, the International Organization for Migration in East Timor, and the Australian Human Rights Commission. Jemma has a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours Class 1) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration specialising in Social Impact (UNSW).