Deng Adut is an internationally renowned criminal lawyer, a community leader, refugee, author and an awe-inspiring speaker.
He has been nationally recognised for his achievements with NSW Premier Mike Baird who invited Deng to give the 2016 Australia Day Address, which drew critical acclaim home and abroad. And in November 2016, Deng was named NSW Australian of the Year.
Having come to Australia as a refugee, following life as a child soldier in Sudan, Deng put himself through law school and has become a formidable advocate. His life story recently featured in an advertisement for Western Sydney University, which went viral on the internet accruing more than 2 million views. The Western Sydney University advertisement can be viewed here.
Deng practices in the areas of criminal, family and immigration law. He has not only worked at three reputable Sydney law firms but has also demonstrated a remarkable commitment to social justice having worked at Blacktown Local Court as a liaison officer to the local Sudanese community and at Parramatta Community Justice Clinic, which operates to provide disadvantaged members of the community access to the legal justice system.
Deng is a community award recipient and has been described in the media as a “remarkable person”. He regularly acts as a spokesperson for the Sudanese community and has frequently appeared in the media to advocate for their interests. Deng is committed to making a positive difference and in doing so, devotes many hours of his personal time every week to activities such as mentoring, advising and supporting members of the community. He recently co-authored a best selling biography about his life, Songs Of a War Boy.