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Young humanitarian lawyer California-bound

A young Australian lawyer will be travelling to the US next year for a prestigious nine-month study program at The University of California, Berkeley.

user iconMelissa Coade 13 December 2017 Careers
Young humanitarian lawyer California-bound
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Amy Burton (pictured), who took out the Lawyers Weekly’s gong for Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at the 2017 Women in Law Awards, is headed to the United States next year for a study tour.

The accomplished humanitarian lawyer is destined for The University of California, Berkeley, where she will pursue a master in laws in public interest and social justice.

Ms Burton, who is a senior associate at Salvos Legal, was one of 18 Australian scholars chosen for the John Monash Scholarship, which will make her study plans possible.


The postgraduate award is given to professionals who demonstrate leadership potential and a specific need to study overseas so that they can make a significant positive difference in their chosen field upon return to Australia.

As part of her intended nine-month sabbatical, Ms Burton will combine specialised social justice courses with innovative start-up law courses targeted at future legal entrepreneurs.

“I am thrilled to be given this opportunity,” Ms Burton said.  

“The United States is using some innovative approaches to improve access to justice for people who can’t afford a lawyer and where social enterprise law firms are increasing.  

“I look forward to returning to Australia to be able to share my increased knowledge and implement innovative strategies to increase the reach of free and heavily reduced legal services for those in need,” she said.

Salvos Legal chief executive officer Ross Lamb said the firm was very proud of Ms Burton’s achievements.

“Amy has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities,” Mr Lamb said.

“She is an inspirational team member and continues to deliver positive outcomes for our humanitarian clients.”

Ms Burton was named as a recipient of the scholarship at an announcement ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House last month.