I am a Lawyer. I am a Feminist. I am a Social Justice Advocate.
I am also an incredibly privileged person. White, cis-gendered, healthy, educated, with a great family, living in Australia.
All around are people that don’t have those privileges and opportunities.
They don’t have that ease of living. When something goes wrong, when they are being used or bullied, or they are against the wall, they don’t have the luxury of resources on-demand to pull them out of trouble.
I have represented private clients for over 15 years. I was a partner in one of the leading family law firms in Australia. I passionately advocated for clients to right the injustices they suffered. I have been awarded the title as one of the best family lawyers 2016 & 2017 by the Doyles Guide. I am the elected Queensland representative of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the peak legal body in Australia.
However I had long felt a shame at the enormous divide that existed between the clients that could afford a lawyer and the rest of the community.
I decided to shift direction – to focus my privilege to empower those without.
In July 2017 I was honoured to be appointed as Legal Counsel with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in Brisbane, Queensland. The Institute operates over 20 community controlled primary health clinics in south-east Queensland.
I am now proudly leading the establishment of a legal service for indigenous Australians.