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Women at Work: Sarah Lynch

Molly McLaughlin

BucketOrange unpeels the law’s greatest mysteries into bite-sized segments so all that’s left to do is consume and enjoy it.”

For anyone not familiar with the legal profession, the law can seem overwhelming, confusing and sometimes downright boring.

Sarah Lynch, founder of BucketOrange Magazine, is working to change all that. BucketOrange is an online law and life guide that Sarah founded after working as a lawyer and seeing the demand for accessible information.

“Law can be boring, no question,” she says. “But what most of us tend to do is put difficult life issues, like legal issues, in the ‘too hard’ bucket and only deal with them when they become a fully-fledged problem that can requires lawyers or litigation to resolve. BucketOrange unpeels the law’s greatest mysteries into bite-sized segments so all that’s left to do is consume and enjoy it.”

From a young age Sarah was aware of the way a lack of interest or experience with the law can disadvantage certain groups, particularly young people. She decided to do something about it, and her natural talents led her to study Law at ANU.

“Being able to talk under water and to argue a point emerged as some of my early talents, so it was a pretty easy decision to make,” she laughs. “What really made me choose to get into law is a strong sense of social justice. I chose to pursue the legal profession because ultimately you have to understand the system before you can identify ways of improving it.”

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After graduating, Sarah took some time off to travel before becoming a senior lawyer in the Federal Government and then working with a Sydney-based music-marketing agency.

“I don’t really subscribe to the idea that you should pick one career and stick with it,” she says. “For me, it’s really about learning all you can from a position and jumping into a new challenge where you can build and expand on your existing skills.”

She had been considering the idea of creating her own legal publication for some time when a volunteering trip to Botswana gave her impetus for creating BucketOrange.

“The idea began to demand more and more of my time and attention,” she explains. “Once I returned home, it was just a matter of building the platform and making the dream of BucketOrange Magazine a reality. The far-reaching impact that powerful ideas and education can make to positively shape community-thinking is very exciting.”

For Sarah, BucketOrange is more than just a magazine. It represents a new way of engaging with the law and reflects her personal experiences of the challenges and rewards of the legal industry.

“I hope it’s inspiring other young women to pursue leadership roles in what is a traditionally male-dominated sector,” she says. “Anyone, wherever they are in the world, can access the information they need and self-inform on a particular issue within minutes. That’s something that makes me really happy.”

You can find out more about Sarah and BucketOrange here: bucketorange.com.au

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin is new to Canberra and is attempting to prove to her friends that the capital city can be cool. This mostly involves frequently going out for brunch and then posting about it on social media, along with trekking up hills and around art galleries. She is half way through her uni degree but spends most of her time reading, writing and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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