Issue 14
Monday, 15 August 2016
Charles Darwin University
Bachelor of Laws student Mark Gregson
Bachelor of Laws student Mark Gregson

Law student makes Harvard homecoming

By Katie Weiss

A Charles Darwin University law student has impressed lawyers from one of the top universities in the world with his keen negotiation skills.

Mark Gregson said he gained a range of hands-on experiences during a recent internship at Harvard University’s Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic in the United States.

Mark said during the four-week internship he assisted clients at the clinic with their refugee or asylum seeker claims, which he said was both rewarding and at times challenging.

“The hardest part of the internship was maintaining compassion and empathy during client interviews while also remaining professional and focused,” he said.

“Clients would tell their stories with details of persecution, cruelty, pain and suffering. There is no learned skillset to prepare you for this and you have to manage it as you go.”

Mark said he sharpened his skills in interviewing clients, drafting client and witness affidavits, and working collaboratively with a senior lawyer on a complex case.

“The internship was a unique experience in that it gave me the opportunity to establish a case for a client’s non-removal from the US,” he said.

“It was also a unique opportunity to work with some of the leading minds in the field of refugee law.”

The annual internship is sponsored by CDU in cooperation with the clinic.