Shauneen Lambe is the Executive Director of Just for Kids Law, a charity that provides 360 degree support and legal representation to vulnerable children and young people and drives systemic change through strategic litigation and policy reform. She was called to the bar in England and Wales in 1997 and qualified as an attorney in Louisiana, USA where she represented people facing the death penalty. In 1999 Shauneen co-founded Reprieve, remaining on the board until 2006. In 2003, she established the Youth Department at Lawrence & Co. Solicitors which provides specialist legal representation to children in the criminal justice system. In 2006, along with Aika Stephenson, she set up Just for Kids Law (JfK). In 2010 JfK was voted the best not-for profit legal aid organisation in England and Wales. Since establishing Just for Kids Law, Shauneen has been named a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’, and one of NESTA/The Observer’s Britain’s New Radicals’. She has been chosen as a Shackleton Leader and an Ashoka Fellow. In 2013 Shauneen was shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year and Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year for her work with young people. In 2015 she was made an Einsenhower Fellow. She is a board member of legal charity Birthrights and a trustee of the Sieff Foundation and the Baring Foundation.
Award Date: June 2011