Amy Heading, 2013

Amy graduated with honours from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degrees.  Whilst at University, and in addition to her studies, she held various legal positions, including Assistant to a Deputy Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia, Summer Clerk at two top tier private practice corporate firms, and Chambers Paralegal to a prominent criminal law barrister.  She also represented the university on an international legal exchange program for six months in Prague, Czech Republic, and volunteered at a community legal organization. 

Following graduation, Amy commenced employment with the international corporate firm Ashurst, and after further post graduate study, was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia.  During her time at Ashurst, Amy balanced her primary specialization in Native Title law with the challenging role as Team Leader of the firm's pro bono legal clinic.  Outside of her professional career, Amy co-founded, and served as president of, a non-profit organization that has since raised over $20,000 for local charities.

After becoming increasingly involved in Ashurst's pro bono projects, Amy transitioned from private practice to the community legal sector.  Working for the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), she coordinated 14 pro bono legal clinics offering advice, representation and policy advocacy for homeless and refugee clients.  In this role, she managed a team of QPILCH employees, as well as supervising over 200 volunteer lawyers from private practice firms around Queensland. 

Amy is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of International Law and Diplomacy at Fletcher, and is particularly interested in International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, and International Criminal Law.


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