US senator turned Melbourne-based lawyer on systemic racism

24 June 2020 By Tasha Levy
Donald Betts Jr

A former member of the Kansas State Senate and Kansas House of Representatives and the first African American to study a juris doctor at Monash University, Donald Betts Jr’s goal in life is to inspire service in the public interest.

The legal services executive at Norton Rose Fulbright joins host Jerome Doraisamy on this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show to discuss his journey to becoming the youngest senator in the history of the state of Kansas, the pieces of legislation he introduced during his service, and why he decided to shift from politics into law.


Donald reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement’s importance both in the US and right here in Australia, which local organisations are leading the way in driving actual change, and how lawyers and businesses can actively work on diversity and societal reform.

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