A journey to find the power of one

A journey to find the power of one

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Family law advocate Robyn Hamilton
Family law advocate Robyn Hamilton

A documentary on apartheid set Robyn Hamilton on a career path that would lead her to Victoria Legal Aid where she is now a family law advocate.

‘Being brought up by a Collingwood full-back (Jack Hamilton), we never really had discussions about equality or injustice, except if the umpires paid a free kick against the ‘Pies,’ she says.

‘When I saw that documentary, I was shocked by the injustice. It was a turning point and from that moment I have tried, in my way, to contribute to social justice.’

Robyn started out in theatre, studying drama at the Rusden State College of Victoria, then writing and producing plays.

Robyn became a children’s worker in domestic violence refuges and went on to work with homeless youth in the wake of the 1989 Burdekin Report into child homelessness.

During a training session, she was inspired by a legal aid lawyer and a magistrate in the children’s court jurisdiction, and followed ‘a natural progression’ into law.

Robyn has been a university lecturer in law, is a panel member and presenter with the Children’s Court elective in the Leo Cussen Centre for Law legal practice course, contributes to Law Institute of Victoria committees, writes an annual chapter for The Law Handbook on same-sex and defacto families and is studying for a Master of Laws.

Representing children, young people and families is something she is drawn to.

‘With children and young people, there’s always the real possibility that some kind of intervention, whether it’s a word they hear or an experience they have, will have an impact on them,’ she says.

‘How we treat children and young people, and how we act for them as lawyers, has tremendous importance.’

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