Yong knew that spending her days zoning and planning would cause her to
'scratch her eyes out'. So she gave up the idea of environmental law and turned
instead to her second passion: refugee and human rights law.
a Hobart native, recently replaced lawyer Taya
Hunt as JRS Australia's representative in Phnom Penh,
where she will work with the increasing numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Cambodia.
was while working in her first job as an intellectual property lawyer that Lian
decided to break the boredom and volunteer as a Mandarin interpreter at Refugee
and Casework Services (RACS) in Sydney.
Not long after she landed a job with Kerry Murphy, former JRS Country Coordinator,
and his wife, Lisa D'Ambra, at D'Ambra Murphy Lawyers.
subsequently applied for an Australian Youth Ambassador position in PNG, and
spent a year working as a juvenile court liaison officer Goroka in the PNG
highlands. 'I was situated in the district courts, working on juvenile law
reform', she explains.
work with Kerry Murphy ensured that Lian was well-acquainted with JRS. 'I
wanted to volunteer with JRS, to enrich my experience and see how things work
on the ground. I went to a few volunteer sessions, but then I got the position
returned from PNG - and in light of a volunteering stint as an English teacher
in Vietnam while at university
- Lian jumped at the opportunity to work for JRS in Cambodia. She plans to use both her
qualifications in Asian Studies and Law and her volunteer experiences in her
did some casework on advocacy on the side in PNG and discovered I really love
doing that, being an advocate and a voice for more disadvantaged people. It's
really empowering. I'd like to continue doing that, and to do it in a
developing country context.'