Asylum Seeker collaboration recognised at The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards
Lander & Rogers is proud to share that its collaboration with Refugee Legal, the Asylum Seeker Corporate Clinic Program, was recognised as a finalist in The Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers awards 2017.
The awards celebrate the most innovative legal work from lawyers working in law firms and in-house at companies across the Asia-Pacific region. The Asylum Seeker Corporate Clinic Program was shortlisted for the Innovation in Social Responsibility category and was noted as being "Highly Commended".
Developed collaboratively by Refugee Legal and Lander & Rogers, the program is an innovative response to provide assistance to asylum seekers who need to submit protection claims. Volunteer Landers' lawyers, under supervision from experienced Refugee Legal lawyers, provide one-off application assistance to complete protection applications for asylum seekers under the fast track assessment process. Following specialised training devised by Refugee Legal and Lander & Rogers, the program has expanded to include volunteers from other corporate law firms, with more than 100 lawyers from more than ten firms now participating. Volunteer lawyers have helped hundreds of asylum seekers from a diverse range of backgrounds, including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Afghanistan.
Lander & Rogers Pro Bono partner Joanna Renkin said, "The Clinics have had a direct impact on the promotion and protection of human rights and freedoms for asylum seekers, rapidly building and sustaining the capacity of legal assistance to respond to the acute needs of many vulnerable clients and facilitate proper legal process.
"This recognition is reflective of the hard work from the volunteers from all firms that contribute to the program, providing invaluable support to the large number of asylum seekers in Australia".