Mar 24, 2021
Just over 10 years ago, Ria Manguray made the decision to leave her home in Los Angeles, with her young son, to study law in Australia. By virtue of having vocational pathways different to most, Ms Manguray was well placed to manage the pivot in a year that has been anything but business as usual.
On this episode of The Corporate Counsel Show, host Jerome Doraisamy is joined by Tourism Australia legal counsel Ms Manguray – who in 2019 won the Rising Star of the Year (In-House) category at the Women in Law Awards, and has been nominated for numerous other awards with Lawyers Weekly – to discuss her vocational journey, the issues faced by corporate counsel in the tourism sector in the age of coronavirus and the preceding bushfires, and how her department and broader business have had to pivot their entire operations in the past year.
Ms Manguray also spoke about the critical importance of empathy in the law department, as well as the challenges of pursuing a juris doctor as a mature age student and offered her thoughts on whether law should be solely a postgraduate degree in Australia, for personal and professional development purposes, in a post-pandemic world.
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