Julian's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Melbourne, Victoria AUS

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 5

JULIAN BURNSIDE

Human Rights Lawyer

“No matter what job you go into, when you're at the bottom end, you're not going to be developed and noticed as an individual, you're just getting good at what you're doing.”

INTERESTS:

Law

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Experience Hard Work Opportunity

TAGS:

art, being prepared, degree, economics, injustice, management consultant, patience, refugee, school, training, waiting

BIOGRAPHY:

Julian Burnside admits that his career has been totally unplanned. Even during law school, he had serious thoughts about becoming an artist. Julian launched his career in commercial litigation and then pursued a desire to move into human rights law. He recognized that to be engaged in this sort of work, he would first have to be taken seriously as a lawyer. Right from the start, Julian enjoyed practicing law, whether it was small paperwork or big court trials. After putting in years in commercial litigation, he is now a successful human rights lawyer and even practices his refugee work for free.

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