Lawyer & Mentor
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
GC Public Policy
Australian Legal Practitioner
At Leo Cussen
Caitlin is a part-time Mentor and Lawyer for trainees in the Practical Legal Training course. As part of her role, Caitlin teaches Lawyer’s Skills and Work Management and Business Skills as part of the intensive foundation skills module at the commencement of the course.
Before Leo Cussen
Throughout the last decade Caitlin has been a regular external instructor and assessor at Leo Cussen. She recently completed a four-year term on the governance board of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, together with post graduate studies in public policy.
Areas of Practice
Caitlin has over a decade of diverse legal practice experience in the community, public and private legal sector. She has worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and trauma, as well as in the areas of victims’ compensation, child protection, administrative law, family law, employment & anti-discrimination, personal injury, and an array of litigation fields including construction and mining, insurance and public liability. In these settings she has provided advice and representation, law reform and policy work, and community legal education and training (including in remote/rural outreach locations).
Prior to Leo Cussen, Caitlin worked at knowmore legal service, a free legal advisory service to help survivors engage with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Caitlin has also worked at Central Australian Women’s Legal Service in Alice Springs. During this time she became the Co-Convenor of Women’s Legal Services Australia, a national network of community legal centres specialising in women’s legal issues. Previously she practiced in Comcare’s Legal Services Branch, as well as at two private law firms in Melbourne.
Caitlin is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and currently sits on the board at a private recruitment company in Melbourne.
Caitlin has volunteered and worked as a migration agent at Refugee Legal in Melbourne, together with the evening helpline at Women’s Legal Service Victoria, and Fitzroy Legal Service’s evening drop in service.
She has a keen interest in professional wellness, wellbeing and resilience in the legal services industry, together with the benefits of multi-disciplinary legal services. With this in mind, she is passionate about her role as a mentor and the education of law graduates and students.
Outside of work, Caitlin loves live music, her choir and exploring the great outdoors with her family and friends.