I proudly live on Wurundjeri land and acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original custodians of the land which we call Australia.
I was a lawyer and am now trying to find a new career path. I worked in criminal law and community legal centres for 9 years, including substantial stints at Victoria Legal Aid and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
I do not think I am an expert, this blog represents as much my process of learning to communicate better as it does me preaching the plain language message!
Absolutely no part of this blog should be taken as definitive legal advice.
I am merely sharing personal views on communication style and language, and suggesting alternatives for lawyers.
I do not intend for this blog to be taken as a guide for understanding legal professional obligations, and encourage all lawyers or clients to avail themselves of appropriate and professional legal advice elsewhere!
I graduated the University of Tasmania in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, and again in 2008 with the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. In 2016 I graduated from Monash University with a Master of Laws (Human Rights.)
(Related: studying part time while working full time is hard. Especially when you have a mental health disability. Studying full or part time while working part time is probably a better idea!)
After years of struggling to work full time (and study part time) while dealing with a disability and all the discrimination that this brings within the legal sector, I’ve decided that I no longer want to be a practising lawyer, and am trying to figure out what I want to do instead. I’m going back to uni full time, and start at Deakin in Master of Commerce in Trimester 2. I’m hoping to get out of this enough business and finance skills to get into roles in fundraising or business administration in the NFP sector (after trying and failing to get into those roles with the BA/LLB, LLM and being told I lack the relevant qualifications and experience.)
While my practice experience has largely been in criminal law, both summary and indictable, I have also practiced in the civil law areas associated with community lawyering – clients with debt issues from insurance claims, some tenancy law, discrimination, infringements, family violence and personal safety intervention orders, and other areas where there is a legal issue buried amongst a heap of complaints about how unfair the world can be.
I’m also working on a pipedream PhD proposal – pipedream because I don’t have the Honours in my undergraduate studies or necessary H1A marks in undergrad or postgrad to get into a PhD outright, and also because I’m not sure doing a PhD in this area will lead to any definable career outcome. I’m interested in the social and political barriers to Indigenous self determination. While it might change, my tentative PhD area is to look at the “myth of consensus” and how the idea that Aboriginal people need to reach consensus before broader/white Australia needs to take self determination seriously is a flawed, and a powerful means of suppressing self determination.
Outside of work, I am actively involved with Amnesty International, follow Melbourne Victory, Liverpool FC and Collingwood in their respective competitions, knit and blog about George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire because I’m a massive nerd.
I am available for upper secondary and early university tutoring and essay proof reading.