Recipients of Borrin Individual Funding Announced – Community Law Fellowship, Women Leaders in law Fellowship, Travel & Learning Awards

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of 2022’s first round of Borrin Foundation individual funding.

Borrin Foundation Community Law Fellowship

The Borrin Foundation Community Law Fellowship supports Lawyers working at Community Law Centres with up to $80,000 in funding to allow the person to pursue an inquiry, pioneer solutions to legal issues, leverage their knowledge and contacts, travel and learn or undertake a course for professional development.

This year’s recipient is Dhilum Nightingale. Dhilum has been selected to receive $69,700 to examine employer accountability in relation to migrant exploitation within Aotearoa New Zealand. Dhilum has practiced as a lawyer for over 20 years and has been involved with Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley (CLWHV) working in their refugee and immigration legal advisory service as staff rōia since September 2019. Dhilum joined the independent bar in July 2021 and is a Barrister at Kate Sheppard Chambers. CLWHV instructs Dhilum on migrant exploitation cases and family violence immigration visas.

Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship

The Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship supports women who are on a journey to becoming leaders in the legal world in Aotearoa New Zealand with up to $50,000 in funding. This year the foundation decided to support two individuals.

  • Iris Reuvecamp is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Iris has been practising as a health and disability law specialist for twenty years both as inhouse counsel and as an external advisor. She has been selected to receive $50,000 to produce a comprehensive text on public health law in New Zealand.
  • Marnie Lloydd has been selected to receive $9,340 to pursue the Women’s Leadership Development Programme offered by the University of Oxford and study towards the Heke Ahunga Tikanga (Diploma in Māori Laws and Philosophy) offered by Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Awards

Travel and Learning Awards are available to support individual members of the New Zealand legal community to take up opportunities to learn from others, build networks and relationships, and investigate innovative ideas. 12 awards of up to $10,000 each are available per year.

In the last funding round six individuals were selected to receive Travel and Learning Awards:

  • Jamie-Lee Tuuta – $9,910 To travel to Orlando, Florida to attend the 23rd Annual IACP Forum to further her learning and understanding of collaborative practice with a particular focus on family law.
  • Bianka Atlas – $7,970 To travel to Portland, Oregon in November 2022 to attend the 30th annual Animal Law Conference (ALC) and to re-connect with the animal law faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS).
  • Trevor Daya-Winterbottom – $10,000 To travel to Europe (England, Finland, Spain, and Wales) to build networks for academic research and present papers on what modern ecologically focused environmental law should look like and how it should work in practice.
  • David James Jefferson – $10,000 To travel to Australia for a period of four weeks in 2023 to network with colleagues whose research focusses on the regulation of biodiscovery and the protection and promotion of Indigenous knowledge.
  • Nerida Kennedy – $9,889 To attend the international LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington DC 2022 and take learnings from the wide range of nations represented and bring them back to Aotearoa.
  • Aaron Te Koha – $8,000 To travel to the Hague and bring back lessons about the function, mechanisms, laws, and the trial process within international criminal law to Aotearoa.

Applications for the Borrin Foundation Community Law Fellowship and the Women Leaders in Law Fellowship are invited annually in March. Applications for the Travel and Learning Awards are invited twice a year.

Dates for Current round

The current round of applications for the Borrin Foundation Justice Fellowship, the Borrin Foundation Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga postgraduate Scholarship and Travel and Learning Awards will close at 12pm September 2, 2022.

Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here:



The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation was established in 2018 through a $38 million bequest by the late Judge Ian Borrin. It is a philanthropic organisation which supports legal research, education, and scholarship. The Foundation’s current strategic areas of focus are the criminal justice system, family law and access to civil justice.

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