Equal Justice Project
Founded in 2005, the Equal Justice Project (EJP) is the brainchild of Auckland Law School students Eesvan Krishnan and Peter Williams. Ten years later, EJP continues to flourish under the leadership and participation of students from the Faculty of Law who share a passion for social justice. Rt. Hon E.W. (Ted) Thomas DCNZM QC, the patron of EJP, has often discussed the importance of inculcating a “pro bono ethic” among law students. If law students appreciate the importance of pro bono services at an early stage in their careers, Sir Ted Thomas hopes that we will see a shift toward law as a profession instead of a business.
The goal of the Equal Justice Project is to empower and support communities by addressing issues of equality, access to justice, redress, representation and knowledge. The five different limbs of EJP – Pro Bono, Community, Education, Outreach and Communications – work together to achieve this goal. As budding members of the legal profession, volunteers contribute their time, creativity, skills and knowledge for the benefit of the wider community.
2014 saw a successful blog entitled Cross-Examination being a source of interesting social justice analysis, over 1500 hours spent volunteering in Community Law Centres, seven pro bono projects completed for practitioners, the creation of a separate Law in Schools team and one of the most well attended events EJP has had: a panel discussion on Sexual Offending Law Reform with electoral candidates.
In 2015 we have over 150 student volunteers and are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Each year EJP continues to grow in size and in its reach, both on campus and in the wider community.