The Law Council of Australia has awarded Ms Marina Brizar the 2015 John Gibson AM Young Australian Migration Lawyer of the Year.
Chair of the International Law Section of the Law Council’s Migration Law Committee, Mr Erskine Rodan OAM, said that despite Ms Brizar’s youth, she has already made a significant contribution to the field of migration law.
“Ms Brizar has not only contributed through her corporate immigration law work for clients, but she has also undertaken extensive pro bono work for a number of community organisations.
“Ms Brizar has been employed as a research assistant to a number of academics, and as a team leader and claims assistance provider for two offshore processing deployments, which are both very challenging roles,” Mr Rodan said.
Ms Brizar, a University of Technology Sydney graduate, arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1995, aged five, with her family from Croatia and Bosnia.
Ms Brizar is now a Supervising Solicitor and Migration Agent with the legal practice Playfair Visa and Migration Services.
The Award, which was presented at the 2015 CPD Immigration Law Conference Dinner in Melbourne on Friday 20 March, recognises John Gibson AM (1950–2012) – one of Australia’s most admired advocates, who worked tirelessly to promote the rights of refugees and asylum seekers for more than 25 years.
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