The 2010 Lawyers Weekly Icon Awards showcases the best Australian legal individuals and legal teams through ten key categories.
Mr Boulton was selected as a finalist for the Law Student of the Year category based on a very impressive CV: while studying fulltime and running his own business, Mr Boulton also volunteers at the fire brigade, edits a law journal and is working to establish a not-for-profit association that promotes criminal justice and human rights.
"I decided to study law because I believe the law is something that affects everyone in society in a significant way and I wanted to become knowledgeable and skilled in an area that is so significant to people’s rights and responsibilities," he said.
Mr Boulton fits his studying around his bookkeeping services business, R&B Bookkeeping, which he started in 2007 to service clients of varying sizes and types – from tradesmen to medical practitioners.
"The business does occupy a lot of my time and tends to get busy around the same time as the mid-year exams, but it also offers flexibility that a part or fulltime job usually would not," he said.
"Studying can generally be done after hours and on weekends, and Murdoch University provides online access to many lectures, so there is enough flexibility to manage the workload."
Once Mr Boulton has completed his law degree he hopes to gain courtroom experience by working as a Judge’s Associate for a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
"Over the longer term I would like to pursue my interest in courtroom advocacy and eventually be mentored by an experienced barrister practising in an area of law that I enjoy."
In the last few months Mr Boulton has also been working with other law students and legal practitioners to establish a not-for-profit association, Pursuit of Justice Inc., to provide the public with a source of information about areas of the law that are generally vague or easily misunderstood.
"We are also seeking to promote change within the law regarding children’s rights and other important family/criminal law and human rights issues," he said.
Professor Gabriel Moëns, Murdoch University’s Dean of Law, said Mr Boulton’s qualifications for the Award were outstanding.
"As a student, Russell is able to manage effectively a variety of challenging tasks, including educational and social tasks. He is a model Murdoch Law student!"
Mr Boulton and the other finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the 2010 Lawyers Weekly Icon Awards cocktail party, held in Sydney on August 5, where the winners will be announced.