As part of the project's commitment to recognise the work of our volunteers, whose dedication is relied upon, each team leader has been asked to nominate one outstanding volunteer for 2016. These volunteers will be showcased over the next four weeks.
Hear from Jasmine below:
I had always wanted to join a community organisation and put my developing law skills to good use. When the Wellington Community Justice Project (WCJP) Law Reform Team advertised for volunteers to undertake a 2015-2016 summer research project with the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) I was immediately captivated.
The project was based on a delicate subject that was at times evocative and thought provoking but we had an exceptionally friendly, engaging and knowledgable team with extremely helpful WCJP leadership and mentors from NZALA. It's like taking LAWS297 but in a particular topic of your interest which makes the mahi more enjoyable. I have certainly improved my research and writing skills, essential for a law student and graduate.
In September we will be co-presenting with the NZALA to Wellington High School. I'm really looking forward to meeting all the tauira and promoting the fantastic mahi WCJP does in our community and the unique experiences it provides for law students.
I encourage any law student wanting to engage with the community to seriously consider becoming a member of WCJP. There are multiple areas that WCJP is active in that theres bound to be an area of interest for most people and you get to apply what you are learning at law school.
When I have a spare moment (for example when I have a slight delay in doing my readings) I enjoy being with my tane and whanau, snuggling my ngeru, binge watching The Kardashians (I do not apologise for this guilty pleasure), listening to some mean waiata and sleeping (because we all know sleep is a luxury).
Born and raised in the mighty Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga I'll be heading home one day and I know the abilities I have learnt at law school and through WCJP will provide immense benefit for future opportunities. Until then I am grateful and blessed to be a member of the WCJP Law Reform Animal Rights Team.
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