Director, Just for Kids Law
Shauneen is Director of Just for Kids Law, a charity set up in 2006 to provide specialist representation, support and advice to young people in difficulty. The charity leverages its expertise to threaten local authorities and statutory support organisations with legal action if they do not provide the correct assistance.
A trained barrister in the UK and attorney in Louisiana, USA, Shauneen's background is one of representation for those facing the death penalty. She was instrumental in founding the US charity, Reprieve, for lawyer Clive Stafford Smith in 1999, where she remained on the board until 2006.
Shauneen's passion for ending discrimination began at Edinburgh University and she fought hard to promote measures for social justice, successfully establishing the university's first equal opportunities officer. To support herself, Shauneen found work accompanying defendants to their court cases, where she witnessed the power of the legal system on people's lives first hand, prompting her to pursue a career in law herself.
In 2010, Shauneen was selected as a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader" and in 2011 became a Shackleton Leader.
The accolades did not stop there: in 2012, Shauneen was named one of NESTA / The Observer's "Britain's New Radicals" and this year became an Ashoka Fellow.
Shauneen is also proud to be a board member of the charity Birthrights and the UK Chair of Global Dignity.