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New (York) careers

By Shalini Mendis


Born and raised in Melbourne, John Crozier-Durham (bachelor of arts / bachelor of laws, 2011) and Clara Francesca Pagone (bachelor of biomedical sciences / bachelor of laws, 2013) , both graduates of Monash University, have drawn on their knowledge base in the law to carve out careers in New York. Journey to US. JCD: I completed my last semester of law at Monash's Prato campus in Italy. From there, I completed my post graduate studies in Melbourne, travelled around Europe and then commenced working in Asia. While in Shanghai, I worked for Sino-Australian law firm Tang and Partners and then Sino-European law firm R & P China Lawyers. I met my now girlfriend, a New York native, in Shanghai which brought me to the States. CP: After graduating in 2013, I clerked at a top-tier city firm while gaining further acting experience in performances at the Malthouse and La Mama theatres. I was also the lead actor in an independent film that made it to Cannes Distribution Market called Johnny Ghost. I was accepted into an Inaugural Conservatory program in New York City which prompted me to put in my notice at the law firm and pack my bags for the Big Apple. As the Conservatory ended, I started receiving job offers to act. Motivation. JCD: Initially I had planned to finish my last semester of university overseas, travel and then find work at a law firm in Melbourne. As such, my motivation to take an alternative career direction was not intentional. Rather, I have come to be where I am today as a product of completing my law degree and having an open mind and can-do attitude to opportunities presented during my travels.

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