Protégé: From one side of the system to the other: How this new lawyer is building a legal career with unique first-hand experience

Protégé: From one side of the system to the other: How this new lawyer is building a legal career with unique first-hand experience

07 November 2021 By Robyn Tongol

First as an offender and then on the other side of the bench, this budding new lawyer has had a unique experience with the law and the justice system. Through this, he gained some incredible insight into how the profession relegates its newcomers.

In this episode of The Protégé Podcast, host Naomi Neilson is joined Queensland Law Society’s First Nations legal executive Joshua Apanui to discuss how his time on the other side of the justice system not only shaped his experience coming into the profession but opened his eyes up to the stereotyping that follows practitioners.

Throughout the episode, Joshua touches on how a scholarship with Bond University helped him make a big start in the legal profession. He also explains the work that he has been doing with the Queensland Law Society to make a difference for young, soon-to-be or aspiring lawyers who wish to someday make their own start.

Joshua also shares with listeners how his interests in the profession became a reality, his passions for using this new position to give back to the community, and how he hopes to break down barriers for Australia’s Indigenous people.

Listeners of this episode can also hear some incredible advice from Joshua on advancing their own careers and coping with the professions’ stereotyping.

Have a listen to the episode below!

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