Victorian lawyer, Bethany Rose was named the John Gibson AM Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year last night.
“This award is named in honor of John Gibson AM, one of Australia’s most admired advocates, who worked tirelessly to promote the rights of refugees and asylum seekers for more than 25 years,” explained the President of the Law Council of Australia, Mr. Tass Liveris. .
“Bethany is an exceptionally worthy recipient of this award. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and is driven by strong ideals of social justice.
Since her admission, Bethany’s career has spanned private practice, the NGO sector and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Bethany currently works as an immigration lawyer at Clothier Anderson Immigration Lawyers.
Shortly after her admission, Bethany spent a year working in the UNHCR country office in Thailand 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 managed a pro bono project between the International Rescue Committee and DLA Piper attorneys to develop and deliver a “know your rights” training program to migrant workers and refugees living in the areas. urban areas of Thailand and in the camps of Thailand-Myanmar. frontier. The project was the first of its kind for all participating organizations and won a global innovation award.
“What stands out most about Bethany’s practice is her commitment to her clients and allowing them to tell their stories in a way that gives them dignity and agency,” Liveris said.
“She is a compassionate, dedicated and capable young lawyer who has demonstrated her ability to maintain clients’ trust in the most difficult of circumstances.”
Bethany received the award from Ms Valerie Pereira (Chair of the Migration Law Committee of the Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section, LCA) and Christian Bell from the Head of Migration in Melbourne on Wednesday evening.