A Geraldton lawyer, who believes that everyone deserves access to justice regardless of the circumstances, is a finalist in one of the State’s most prestigious awards in the legal industry. The Attorney General’s Community Service Law Awards recognises outstanding community service contributions through pro bono and community legal work, and Eva Svanberg is a finalist in the individual category. Ms Svanberg has been practising law for 17 years, working for the Aboriginal Legal Service and Legal Aid before becoming a sole practitioner six years ago. Working in criminal law, a majority of Ms Svanberg’s work is legally aided or pro bono, meaning she does not charge the clients she is representing. “When I finished my law degree, I did some experience at a big commercial firm and I knew it was not for me,” she said. The vocational drive behind the lawyer is clear, with Ms Svanberg working closely with children and First Nations people in the criminal justice system. “I like being able to help people at their lowest, and the most rewarding part is getting the right result for them,” she said. “It might be a maximum sentence of 20 years but you get two. And of course I like helping people get acquittals.” Ms Svanberg said the award nod was an honour, especially since the space of legally aided or pro bono work involved many hard workers, but very few who were recognised for their efforts. This is the 17th time the awards have been staged in WA and winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday, October 27.