Shauneen founded Just for Kids Law with Aika Stephenson in 2006. She is a barrister in the UK and an attorney in the USA, where she represented people facing the death penalty. She helped establish the charity Reprieve for Clive Stafford Smith and remained a board member until 2006.
Shauneen was chosen as World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2010; a Shackleton Leader in 2011; one of NESTA/The Observer’s ‘Britain’s New Radicals’ in 2012 and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in the same year. In 2013 she was a finalist in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards and Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year. She is proud to be the UK Chair of Global Dignity and a trustee of the charities Birthrights and The Barings Foundation.
In May 2015 Shauneen was selected for the Eisenhower Fellowships Women’s Leadership Program 2015. Both Shauneen and Aika were selected as two of the 67 ‘Change Makers’ invited to take part in the 67 Change Makers: Festival of Love 2015. The festival takes inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of public service. They were picked because they are dedicated to making changes in their community and having a positive impact on the lives of others.