Law For Change launched in 2012 with speaker events in Auckland, Wellington and Otago, which brought over 350 young lawyers and law students from around the country together to discuss how their legal skills could be used to serve the greater good.

In July 2013, inspired by this fantastic response, we held our first national hui in Auckland and invited young lawyers and law students from around Aotearoa to join us and discuss our kaupapa (purpose and guiding principles). Our hui was a great success, and shortly after, the Waikato and Canterbury regions were formed.

Since then, we’ve grown significantly both regionally and nationally. Recent highlights include:

  • running our second national hui in Wellington in August 2014,
  • publishing the first edition of the Public Interest Law Handbook,
  • working alongside Canterbury homeowners with a group action against EQC led by a local law firm
  • launching and running a successful prison volunteering programme in Otago
  • strengthening our partnership in Auckland with the students of Auckland Institute of Technology
  • working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature to develop an environmental law project to build an international toolkit for natural resource governance.

We look forward to continuing to share and develop our kaupapa across Aotearoa in 2015.

Check out Regions to find out more about what we’re doing across the country and how you can get involved.

Louis Chambers speaking at Law for Change Otago's launch, 2012

Louis Chambers speaking at Law for Change Otago’s launch, 2012.