Lawyer sworn in at top court

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

Seven years of hard work have paid off for a Rock­ing­ham lawyer, who was sworn into the Supreme Court of WA last month.

Nikolina Dzin­kic com­pleted her stud­ies at Mur­doch Univer­sity, earn­ing a Bach­e­lor of Law and Bach­e­lor of Arts with a ma­jor in pol­i­tics.

While at univer­sity, Ms Dzin­kic par­tic­i­pated in the In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Pro­gram in Geneva and acted as an in­ter­preter in refugee mat­ters.

Ms Dzin­kic has been em­ployed with Moun­tain Lawyers for three years, first as a stu­dent from Mur­doch Univer­sity, then as a law grad­u­ate while un­der­go­ing col­lege of law pre-ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments.

“What I’m re­ally look­ing to push to­wards, while work­ing along­side cor­po­rate com­mer­cial work, is lit­i­ga­tion, which is ne­go­ti­at­ing set­tle­ments,” she said. “I de­cided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was seven.”

Ms Dzin­kic, who lives in Bal­divis, said she felt priv­i­leged to be given the op­por­tu­nity to work at a lo­cal law firm and with di­rec­tor and senior so­lic­i­tor Vicki Moun­tain.

“A large amount of the work avail­able is in Perth, so it’s re­ally great to have the op­por­tu­nity to work as a lawyer out­side the CBD,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one who is em­ployed in the of­fice is lo­cal, which is great.”

Ms Moun­tain said she was try­ing to give back to the com­mu­nity in terms of em­ploy­ing lo­cal peo­ple

“We want to give lo­cal peo­ple em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and new grad­u­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

“It can be re­ally hard for a law grad­u­ate to find po­si­tions.

“We also have another lo­cal law grad­u­ate from Mur­doch Univer­sity cur­rently work­ing with us while un­der­tak­ing col­lege of law and another lo­cal law stu­dent em­ployed part-time while con­tin­u­ing his stud­ies in law and eco­nom­ics.”

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Rock­ing­ham lawyer Nikolina Dzin­kic.

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