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Lawyer and advocate takes on director role at Victoria University

Lawyer and passionate community advocate Nyadol Nyuon has been appointed a director of Melbourne-based Victoria University’s centre that not only provides education and training but delivers “real change and impact” for diverse communities.

user iconNaomi Neilson 02 December 2021 Big Law
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Ms Nyuon, an alumnus of Victoria University, will return to take on the position as director of its Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. In addition to her role as a commercial lawyer at Arnold Block Leibler, Ms Nyuon will bring to the university her expertise from her role as a senior consultant for the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Commenting on her new role with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Ms Nyuon said that without the programs and education that the centre offers to new lawyers, “law would stagnate and neglect the enriching influence of cross-cultural knowledge”.


“I am excited to have the opportunity to advance the centre as a respected and recognised educator of future lawyers and community leaders,” she added.

Vice-chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said it was an honour to have Ms Nyuon return to Victoria University to head up the centre. In a way, he said it was like she had “never left us at all” and has “always been part of the VU family”.

“It is fantastic to be able to bring Nyadol back into a leadership position that aligns so well with the values she espouses, as well as those of the centre.

“Nyadol’s vast experience working in the field of legal and societal reform will be a significant asset to the centre, and the entire university. Nyadol has a deep understanding about what VU represents,” Professor Shoemaker said.

Adding to what she is looking forward to in her new role, Ms Nyuon said it is a privilege to not only return to VU but to be recognised as a leader in legal reform and social justice, the areas of law that she is most passionate about.

“I know first-hand and have a great deal of respect for VU’s unique teaching and education approach. Students from all backgrounds are uplifted to achieve their best, and the centre continues this tradition,” Ms Nyuon said.  

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