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Nicholas Searcy Memorial Bursary for research into representation at Coronial Inquests

The Bursary was established by Adjunct Professor Jennifer Searcy in memory of her son Nicholas Searcy.

The Bursary is to support research into deaths in custody with especial interest in representation at coronial inquests. Preference will be given to work that is not confined to Aboriginal deaths, but focuses on the broader challenge of custodial deaths in Western Australia, and legal representation at the Coronial Court for grieving families.

Students are required to write an essay or research paper, should have knowledge of coronial law, and should attend one inquest where the family has legal representation and another where the family does not have legal representation.

This Bursary is not linked to credit points or academic assessment. It is open to students enrolled in any course of study at the University (undergraduate or postgraduate).

The purpose of the Bursary is to encourage young lawyers to have a knowledge of Western Australian coronial law and realise the importance in social terms of the families of the deceased having legal representation. The aim of the Bursary is to increase the pool of lawyers willing to provide pro bono work for the often poverty-stricken families of deceased prisoners by exposing them to the difficulties experienced by the poor in obtaining legal advice and representation.

Consideration may be given to other matters pertinent to the Coronial Court or pro bono work at that Court.

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Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and Practice Social Justice Scholarship

Students enrolled the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and Practice with an active and demonstrable commitment to social justice may apply to have their fees waived for this course.

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