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Norton Rose Fulbright joining the JT Academy Family

Published on 3 Mar 2021

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The Johnathan Thurston Academy is excited to welcome Norton Rose Fulbright as our newest partner. Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm with more than 3,700 lawyers and other legal staff based in Australia, Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. It will join the Johnathan Thurston Academy as a partner of the JTBelieve program with a particular alignment with the Torres program based at Tagai State College on Thursday Island.

Johnathan Thurston Academy Managing Director Johnathan Thurston said, “I am thrilled to welcome Norton Rose Fulbright as the Johnathan Thurston Academy’s newest partner. It is very exciting to connect our JTBelieve participants with a global law firm’s people and career pathways. This partnership will expand aspirations and provide connection opportunities for our participants at Tagai State College to hear from experienced lawyers and be exposed to the whole range of careers that are required to run a global organisation.”

Norton Rose Fulbright Partner and Co-Chair RAPWG, Gavin Scott, and National Pro Bono Executive (Special Counsel) and Co-Chair RAPWG, Leanne Collingburn, said, “We are excited to join the Johnathan Thurston Academy partnership and are really looking forward to connecting with the JTBelieve participants from Tagai State College. Through our firm’s reconciliation program, we are focused on working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to help deliver positive outcomes for them. By partnering with the Johnathan Thurston Academy we will be able to provide direct support to young students on Thursday Island and we hope to inspire them to believe in themselves and be the best that they can be.”

The JTBelieve program, developed under the guidance of Johnathan is designed to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families in education. Participants are mentored, and the delivered workshops are facilitated by JT Academy staff.

The JTBelieve program provides participants with local and community-focused delivery to support their success at school and outside the school gates in developing their self-belief, confidence, and courage.

The program is supported by the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy, Smiggle, and the communities and schools of Yarrabah, Kowanyama, and the Torres region.


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