25 Mar 2013

Five trainees have joined the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) as part of its 2013 Traineeship program.  As in previous years, the program attracted many candidates of an extremely high calibre.

Pictured from L to R:  Julia Wang, Isabella Lockey, Sanishya Fernando, Grahame Best and Retta Berryman were recruited to the VGSO following a comprehensive selection process.  The trainee lawyers will spend the next 12 months rotating through the various Branches at the VGSO, before admission as lawyers in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Grahame Best graduated from Melbourne University with a Juris Doctor in 2012. He was awarded the 2012 Valerie and Lawrence Kennedy Scholarship, and the Peter Callow Memorial Scholarship from Ormond College in 2010.

Julia Wang completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Mathematics and Statistics) at The University of Melbourne in 2012.  She was an Editor of the Melbourne University Law Review in 2011.

Retta Berryman holds a Bachelor of Social Science and in 2012 graduated from the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.  Retta joined the VGSO in 2011 as a paralegal in the Government & Public Law Branch, and later undertook a secondment to Victoria Police's Freedom of Information Division before commencing as a trainee lawyer with the Office in 2013.

Sanishya Fernando moved to Melbourne from the US to commence the Juris Doctor (JD) program at Melbourne Law School.  Sanishya completed her Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Economics at New York University at the end of 2009.  Shortly after completing her BA, she commenced the JD which she completed at the end of 2012.

Isabella Lockey moved to Melbourne from Brighton, England in 2007.  She completed a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (majoring in Creative Writing) at The University of Melbourne in 2012.  Prior to coming to the VGSO, Isabella was employed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet where she was part of the Legal Policy Team.