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LIV Refugee Law Reform Committee chair wins Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year

LIV Refugee Law Reform Committee chair wins Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year

By Kerry O'Shea

Professional Reputation 


The Law Institute of Victoria is delighted that LIV’s Refugee Law Reform Committee chair Melinda Jackson has been awarded the 2016 John Gibson AM Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year.

Ms Jackson is the principal solicitor with the Human Rights Law Program at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She took up the role of chair of the Refugee Law Reform Committee at the LIV at the beginning of 2015.

LIV president Steven Sapountsis said that Ms Jackson's comprehensive knowledge of migration law and its practical effects on clients has been invaluable to the Committee's work in law reform and practice support for migration lawyer members of the Committee.

"In her role she has showed dedication, leadership, passion, intelligence and commitment in advocating for law reform to protect the rights of refugees in Australia", he said.

“Melinda's professionalism and diplomacy means that she effectively engages with numerous stakeholders on the LIV's behalf including the Department of Immigration, successfully delivers seminars and presentations, and makes public comment as the Committee chair."

Ms Jackson also played a key role in establishing the LIV’s Legacy Caseload Working Group in July 2015. The Working Group was set up to respond to the unmet legal needs of asylum seekers in Victoria by bringing together organisations and individuals from the asylum seeker assistance sector. It has already achieved an increase in sector-wide funding, a new private migration lawyer referral pathway for low-fee assistance, and specialised training in judicial review matters.

“Melinda is a very worthy recipient of this award and we are pleased that her hard work and leadership in assisting asylum seekers to access legal assistance has been recognised”, Mr Sapountsis said.


For further information regarding this media release please contact:
Kerry O'Shea, General Manager, Public Affairs & Legal Policy

T: 03 9607 9373


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