GROWING up in India, Anu Kothapalli was encouraged by her grandfather to help those less fortunate than herself.
That passion for social justice and her volunteering spirit has won the ECU law student the Magistrate’s Society of WA’s Geoff Ajduk Memorial Prize.
It is awarded annually to a law student committed to social justice and community service.
“As a child in New Delhi I was exposed to many Third World country problems such as over-population, poor health and lack of financial stability,” she said.
“This opened my eyes to the hardship many suffer.”
As part of her studies at ECU, Anu completed a unit in community legal practice at the Joondalup campus-based Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, meeting with the centre’s clients and working with legal staff providing advice.
“Since studying at ECU I have been grateful for the many opportunities to give back through their focus on community involvement and make a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged,” she said.
“I am also a weekly volunteer at the Mental Health Law Centre.”
Law and Justice School head Anne Wallace said Anu’s commitment to contributing to her community made her a deserving winner of the award.
“ECU law students have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working with practising lawyers in a variety of ways,” Professor Wallace said.