The General Sir John Monash Scholars podcast featuring Amy Burton
The Scholars podcast is a show featuring scholars from the General Sir John Monash Foundation. Host Justin Kelly interviews the best, brightest, boldest and bravest across all fields of academia, business, science, humanities, and the arts. For the first episode of 2021, Justin interviews Amy Burton, Managing Lawyer at Everyday Justice. Amy is the 2018 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholar.
Amy has a Master of Laws from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Monash University. She worked at Salvos Legal Humanitarian and was awarded the 2017 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at the Women in Law Awards. At Georgetown University she researched the growing use of social enterprise law firms to improve access to justice for individuals who are not eligible for legal aid but cannot afford a private lawyer.
Amy has just launched her own firm in Australia called Everyday Justice, which is a national free legal service to help people with ‘everyday’ civil legal issues who aren’t eligible for government funded legal service. Amy hopes Everyday Justice will also increase employment opportunities for graduate lawyers who aspire to work in humanitarian law. In this episode, Amy chats with Justin about how she came to launch Everyday Justice, the cases that have shaped her career, what it was like studying at Georgetown University, and the most rewarding and challenging parts of being a lawyer.