Latest news – Award for Victorian lawyer; Wellbeing help at hand; Melbourne University acknowledged
Bethany wins migration lawyer gong
Victorian lawyer Bethany Rose has been named the Migration Manager John Gibson AM Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year.
“This award is named in honour of John Gibson AM, one of Australia’s most admired advocates, who was unceasing in his efforts to promote the rights of refugees and asylum seekers for over 25 years,” Law Council of Australia President Tass Liveris said. “Bethany is an exceptionally worthy recipient of this award. She is a tireless representative of her clients and is driven by strong social justice ideals.”
Since being admitted, Bethany’s career has spanned private practice, the NGO sector and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Bethany is currently working as a migration lawyer at Clothier Anderson Immigration Lawyers. Shortly after her admission, Bethany spent a year working in the Thailand country office of UNHCR and worked as the Asia Pacific Program Manager for TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono program.
While at TrustLaw, Bethany connected and project managed a pro bono project between the International Rescue Committee and DLA Piper lawyers to develop and deliver a know-your-rights training program to migrant workers and refugees living in urban Thailand and camps on the Thai-Myanmar border. The project was the first of its kind for all participating organisations and won a global innovation award.
New wellbeing service launched for lawyers
A new mental health wellbeing counselling service for legal professionals, called Support for Lawyers, has been launched. Founded by Marguerite Picard, a Melbourne-based lawyer, the service provides private and confidential online counselling by experienced psychologists and counsellors based in Melbourne, Sydney, every Australian state, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. It will also deliver podcasts and other resources to assist lawyers.
Picard has commented that lawyers “can be very reluctant to seek out help, even though we may recognise that need in others”. The service offers a range of support services, from coaching about life, goals and careers, to therapeutic and counselling support for more immediate and specific issues.
Melbourne University among top law schools
The University of Melbourne and Singapore National University have confirmed their status as the top law faculties in the Asia-Pacific region.
In the 12th edition of QS World University Rankings, Harvard University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Yale University and Stanford University ranked as the top five. The University of Melbourne came in 12th overall and was Australasia’s best law faculty, while Singapore National University was 11th and topped the Asia rankings.
The US has the most top-100 law faculties with 17, followed by the United Kingdom with 13 and Australia with eight.