Victoria Park lawyer and animal lover receives RSPCA scholarship


Xanthe Shaw, with cat Lincoln, has been given an Animal Law Scholarship thanks to the RSPCA. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d477952
Xanthe Shaw, with cat Lincoln, has been given an Animal Law Scholarship thanks to the RSPCA. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d477952

XANTHE Shaw has always been an animal lover but thanks to a RSPCA scholarship, she will be able to do more to help her furry friends.

The Victoria Park resident and lawyer received the Sybil Emslie Animal Law Scholarship, which she spent the $1000 prize on training for her firm K&L Gates on how to conduct criminal prosecution matters and other non-criminal matters the RSPCA would need help with.

The scholarship is open nationally to a law student or lawyer who has a strong academic record and commitment to the practice of animal law through active and substantial engagement with animal law and animal protection organisations and initiatives.

“I’ve loved pets my whole life, my whole family is obsessed actually, we had cats, rabbits, fish and we even rescued birds,” Ms Shaw said.

“I’m a recently admitted lawyer but I worked at RSPCA as a paralegal.

“When I joined the firm my idea was to set up RSPCA as a pro bono client, we are a commercial firm so we don’t usually practice criminal law.

“It’s pleasing that my plan has come together and the two organisations can work together.”

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