Sydney Law School establishes two scholarships for disabled students

The David Benjafield Scholarship, named after Professor David Benjafield (1919-1980) who was a founding member of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, he also presided as Dean and taught at Sydney Law School for more than twenty years. The Scholarship is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Law School. 

Another program, the Ron McCallum Internship Program, takes its name after Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum. Both provide an opportunity for a disabled law student to work with organisations, including community legal centres such as the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC). 

McCallum is the first totally blind academic to secure a full professorship at any university in Australia or New Zealand when he was appointed as the inaugural Blake Dawson Waldron Professor of Industrial Law in 1993. He also served as Dean of Sydney Law School for five years between 2002 and 2007 and was a special advisor to the Disability Royal Commission. 

Established in 1982, PIAC is a renowned community legal centre offering free legal advice to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The body also provides legal support for public interest cases, including reforms to strengthen disability anti-discrimination laws. 

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