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Shining a light on social justice careers

Julie Mason knows how to use social justice as a superpower, and she will encourage others to do the same at a presentation in Cairns next week.

The Supervising Solicitor at North Queensland Women’s Legal Service in Cairns will be the first speaker for this year’s James Cook University (JCU) Law Seminar Series.

With a lifelong passion for social justice sparked by John Lennon’s album Imagine, Julie is dedicated to helping vulnerable people.

She will speak about her experiences as a lawyer volunteering and working in the not-for-profit sector in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.

She will draw on knowledge gained from a social science degree in Australian Studies to address how social inequalities curb meaningful participation in society for many groups, including First Nations people and refugees.

“I chose this topic primarily to provide a prospective alternative career path to JCU law students from the traditional private legal sector path, as well as established lawyers in the private legal sector looking for a balanced work and personal family life, as well as private lawyers interested in doing some pro bono work,” she said.

Julie will also speak about the opportunity for Queensland lawyers in the private legal sector to volunteer at a community legal centre.

“Most CLCs are very appreciative of even two hours per week or fortnight or month because wait lists can be very long for free legal advice,” she said.

Social Justice as a Superpower with Julie Mason will be held at 10am on 5 February at JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada Campus, Smithfield, and livestreamed. The one-hour presentation is worth 1 CPD point. Register here.

For details of other presentations in the James Cook University Law Seminar Series, visit the website.

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