Staff

Loddon Campaspe and Goulburn Valley community legal centres employ talented and committed staff who work together to deliver justice in Central Victoria and the Goulburn Valley. (Goulburn Valley CLC is a division of Loddon Campaspe CLC.)

See our Employment page for current job opportunities.

 

Sejal Amin – Therapeutic Justice Lawyer, Goulburn Valley CLC
Sejal studied Law and International Relations at La Trobe University. She has previously worked as a solicitor advocate for Victoria Police in their specialist family violence unit, as a paralegal in the family division of the Melbourne Children’s Court for Victoria Legal Aid, and as a volunteer solicitor for the International Students Legal Advice Clinic of the Western Suburbs Legal Service.

Acacia Burns – Community Lawyer, Goulburn Valley CLC
Acacia joined us after working at the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service in Townsville where her practice dealt with family law, family violence, child protection, victim’s compensation and civil matters. Acacia previously volunteered for a year as a lawyer with Salvos Legal Humanitarian.

Jasmin Day – Rumbalara Paralegal, Goulburn Valley CLC
Jasmin worked for many years at Guthrie Street Primary School in Shepparton, first as a Koori Educator and then as Special Education Support Staff for students with high needs. She also has a Certificate 3 in Business Administration, Education Support and Sport (Specialist Administration).

Anna Dorevitch – Senior Lawyer, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Before joining us Anna spent 13 months working as a volunteer in Thailand as a Legal Program Advisor with the Jesuit Refugee Services and Asylum Access Thailand. Prior to that Anna was a solicitor at Seniors Law at Justice Connect, Associate to Justice North at the Federal Court of Australia and a Lawyer at PilchConnect (on secondment from Minter Ellison).

Hannah Fiddelaers – Community Lawyer, Goulburn Valley CLC
Hannah first joined us as our Paralegal Administration Worker after working at South Gippsland Shire Council and volunteering with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology) and then the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne before being admitted to practice in 2015.

Christie George – Generalist Child Protection Lawyer, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Christie came to us from the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin. Prior to that she worked for the North Australian Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service, also in Darwin. Her role addresses the unmet legal needs of vulnerable families and their children.

Kaz Gurney – Managing Lawyer, Goulburn Valley CLC
Kaz manages Goulburn Valley CLC (a division of Loddon Campaspe CLC). Kaz came to us from Fitzroy Legal Service, where she was senior lawyer at the Collingwood Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

Elaine Harrington – Legal Administration Worker, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Elaine is well known to many in Bendigo as a former City Councillor. She brings a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the role.

Carolyn Huthnance Staszkiewicz – Paralegal Receptionist, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Carolyn staffs our busy reception area. She is responsible for taking and managing appointments across all our advice services and providing administrative support to our lawyers and other staff.

Annika Kearton – Project, Education and Community Development Worker, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Annika is a project manager with a background in training, research, project design, monitoring and evaluation, policy analysis and international development. She has worked with NGOs and community organisations around human rights and advocacy. She has developed rights-based training models, run training workshops, prepared stakeholder analysis and needs assessments, and worked on capacity development with marginalised communities.

Georgia Morrissey – Rumbalara Community Lawyer, Goulburn Valley CLC
Georgia was admitted to practice in 2010 and interned with the Consumer Law Centre and Jobwatch Employment. She comes to us from SMR Legal in Shepparton. She is a member of the Shepparton Law Court Redevelopment Steering Committee and has predominately worked in Family Law and Family Violence. She has a particular interest in children’s matters relating to family violence.

Nickie King – Senior Child Protection Lawyer, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Nickie provides legal services to address the unmet legal needs of vulnerable families and their children.

Isabelle Manning – Paralegal/Administrator, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Isabelle was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2012 and worked in a legal firm for a year before working on livelihood projects for the International Organization for Migration. Isabelle was stationed in Iraq where she worked with internally displaced populations and refugees. She works across a number of our projects, including Talking Justice 2015 and our legal needs analysis.

Jessica McCartney – Health Justice Partnership Lawyer, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Jessica joined us after several years working for Gippsland Community Legal Centre, where her last role was Acting Principal Lawyer. Jessica was born and raised in Central Victoria and was pleased to return to practice in this region. Jessica manages our Health Justice Partnership project at Bendigo Community Health Services Kangaroo Flat site.

Julie O’Connor – Community Lawyer, Goulburn Valley CLC
Julie comes to us from the Department of Justice and Regulation where she managed dispute resolution services. She has a social work background and her professional skills are a welcome addition to our service. Julie is filling in for our Community Lawyer Carmendy Cooper who is on Maternity Leave.

Clare Sauro – Legal Practice Manager, Loddon Campaspe CLC and Goulburn Valley CLC
Clare manages the Loddon Campaspe and Goulburn Valley legal practices. Clare has previously worked with Slater & Gordon and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.

Brandy Skipper – Paralegal Receptionist, Goulburn Valley CLC
Brandy joined us after working for the Department of Justice’s Goulburn Valley office. She enjoys providing clients with a more rounded service and referring clients where appropriate to supplementary services.

Nicole Smith Generalist Lawyer, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Nicole first joined us as a volunteer law student from La Trobe in 2011. Since coming on board as a staff member she has worked as our Talking Justice Program Director as well as working as part of our family violence duty lawyer team and providing specialist consumer law advice to clients.

Dr Rob Southgate – Generalist Lawyer (family violence), Loddon Campaspe CLC
Rob is our family violence specialist. Prior to this role he worked as a researcher on our family violence project, Why didn’t you ask?, and with our Health Justice Partnership. Rob came to the law after attaining a Doctorate in Molecular biology. He first started working with our service as a law student/volunteer.

Dianne Tran – Paralegal/Receptionist, Loddon Campaspe CLC
Dianne has worked as a Senior Project Officer with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, including a six-month secondment to Save the Children Australia. She has also worked with the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection and at the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

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