Law For Change is led by a national steering group in conjunction with the national trustees. The national body has charitable trust status. In addition to our national steering group, there are five regional branches of Law for Change in Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.

Regional coordinators from each of the regions make up the national steering group.

Founders and trustees

Hugo Van Dyke

Dunedin Coordinator

Hugo's role involves promoting opportunities for students to get involved in public interest law work, organising events and national strategy. He is currently in his fourth year of an LLB and BA majoring in Politics. Hugo's legal topics of interest include international law, particularly human rights obligations and international criminal law; environmental law; and welfare law. In his spare time he enjoys sport (playing and watching), good music and pesto sandwiches.

    Alice Eager

    Dunedin Coordinator

    Alice helps coordinate the practical opportunities for students at Otago, as well as working on the organisation’s national projects. She is currently in her third year at Otago and studying towards a BA/LLB. Alice became involved in Law For Change to help fill the information void for law students about positive things they can do with their skills. Away from uni, Alice spends a lot of time thinking about and cooking food and would happily spend every day at the beach.

      Alice Osman

      Auckland Coordinator

      Alice helped start up Law For Change in Dunedin and since moving to Auckland has joined Carlos and Jess as a regional coordinator there. Alice completed an LLB(Hons) and a BA in Politics at Otago University and now works as a judges' clerk at the High Court in Auckland. She is excited about turning public interest law work into a mainstream option for young lawyers, and is currently working with a friend to set up a public interest law journal for New Zealand law students. In her spare time Alice enjoys travelling, playing piano, and being one of the less valuable members of Les Quizerables, reigning pub quiz champions of the Epsom/Newmarket region.

        Carlos Chambers

        Auckland Coordinator

        Carlos is a solicitor at Russell McVeagh in the Auckland Public, Regulatory and Competition team. He moved to Auckland in 2012 after completing his BA and LLB at Otago University and the University of Amsterdam while on exchange in the Netherlands. Carlos is also a member of the youth climate change group Generation Zero. His interests lie in public law and policy, government and politics, preserving New Zealand's natural environment, and thinking about ways to solve large-scale problems in innovative ways. Outside of the law, Carlos spends his time exploring the great outdoors, learning about and meeting inspiring people and generally frothing, including on all things Law For Change.

          Jess Riddell

          Auckland Coordinator

          Jess, along with Carlos and Alice, helps organise Auckland regional events and is also involved with discussions on national strategy. Jess completed a BA (in International Relations and Women and Gender Studies) and LLB at Victoria University of Wellington, including some time at California Western School of Law in San Deigo, and Auckland University. Jess is currently a solicitor at Russell McVeagh in the Resource Management team. She has a passion for the environment, indigenous rights, and women's rights. In her spare time she loves to bake, go on road trips around Aotearoa, or work on DIY projects recycling any found treasures. Jess is enthusiastic about the change she believes young people can make right now.

            Max Harris

            National Steering Group Member

            Max helped to present initial workshops on Law for Change in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland in 2012 and now works on national strategy and coordination. He is currently studying for a Master of Laws at the University of Oxford. He has a BA/LLB(Hons) from the University of Auckland and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. He worked as a judges’ clerk for Chief Justice Elias at the Supreme Court and has served as co-chair of the youth-based criminal justice group JustSpeak. He is particularly interested in indigenous issues, prison policy, and questions about values and national identity in New Zealand. Away from the law, Max enjoys playing sport (badly), watching (and dreaming of being in) theatre and movies, following politics, and participating in long Law for Change Skype calls.

              Louis Chambers

              National Steering Group Member

              Louis helped organise and present the initial workshops in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington in 2012 and now works on national coordination, strategy and regional support. He studied an LLB(Hons) and a BA at the University of Otago. Since graduating, Louis has been working full time onyouth climate change organisation Generation Zero and Law For Change. He spends his spare time hanging out with friends and playing in the New Zealand outdoors – on a surf board, a snowboard or on foot, depending on the season and his mood. In 2012, Louis was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. He will commence his studies towards a Bachelor of Civil Law in October of this year.

                National steering committee

                Luke Fitzmaurice

                Wellington Coordinator

                Luke is a graduate of Victoria University. He is hugely passionate about social justice and about enabling others to make a difference. Prior to joining the Law for Change crew, Luke was a member of the Executive Committee of the Wellington Community Justice Project. He was inspired by the like-minded individuals he found at WCJP, and remains a firm believer in the power of a united group of people passionate about effecting change. He loves emotive speeches at the end of B-grade Hollywood films, and uses the term 'collective social consciousness' a lot. Luke's other passions include the other LFC (Liverpool Football Club), the Wellington Phoenix and Tim Tams. All at once.

                  Eryn Rogers

                  Wellington Regional Steering Group

                  Eryn helps to arrange regional events and fosters the relationship between Law for Change Wellington and the Wellington branch of JustSpeak (an organisation who work tirelessly to improve New Zealand’s criminal justice system). She is a recent graduate of Otago University, where she attained a conjoint degree in Law and Pacific Studies. In 2013 she moved to Wellington to work for the Tribunals Unit, and is excited to be part of a system providing ordinary New Zealanders with better access to the justice system. Having only recently become a Wellingtonian, Eryn has found Law for Change a great way to get connected with the local legal community and has been inspired by the amount of time and resources that well established lawyers are willing to give to the cause.

                    Rachel Standring

                    Rachel completed a Diploma in Chinese Language, a Bachelor of Music in cello performance and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canterbury. Her particular interests include access to justice, immigration issues and supporting community organisations. She also volunteers at the local community law centre. She is excited about the unique opportunity we have as young students and lawyers to effect positive change, particularly in Canterbury's rapidly changing legal landscape. In her spare time Rachel loves tramping, swimming, playing music and baking a large number of cakes.

                      Natalie Jones

                      Natalie completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Canterbury. She is now a judges’ clerk at the High Court in Christchurch. Her particular interests include access to justice, international environmental law, and criminal justice. She is excited about starting conversations about public interest law issues, and the unique opportunities and challenges existing in Christchurch. In her spare time Natalie loves playing music, enjoying the Aotearoa outdoors, and baking tons of cake.