Cert IV TAE Australian Legal Practitioner
Mentor and Lawyer
Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Certificate IV Training and Assessment
At Leo Cussen
Claire is a Mentor in Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the full-time onsite course. She shares the topic coordination responsibility with Alison Jones for Family Law and with Peter Cotter for the Client Lawyer Interview Program. As part of her role, Claire teaches in small group sessions with trainees in the intensive foundation skills module at the commencement of the course and at times in Family Law.
Before Leo Cussen
Claire is admitted to the legal profession in Queensland and Victoria and holds a current Victorian Practising Certificate.
She is an experienced legal practitioner, having practised in North Queensland and subsequently in Victoria. She worked in a number of law firms across areas such as civil litigation, general commercial, property, family law, wills and estates and crime. In 1995 she moved into the Human Rights arena and worked as a casework lawyer in a specialist community legal centre representing people with disabilities. This was followed by several years in the university sector in Queensland and Victoria in Equity and Diversity units supporting, advocating and adapting curriculum, materials, programs and projects for students with disabilities and other members of the Equity groups.
Claire is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, and a member of the Institute’s Diversity Taskforce and Mental Health Steering Committee.
Claire also belongs to Victorian Women Lawyers and is a member of the Justice Committee.
She is also a member of Leo Cussen’s Academic Committee.
Claire has also been a volunteer lawyer at Belmont Community Centre in Geelong and is a former member and President of Roslyn Primary School Council.
As part of her work at Leo Cussen, Claire assists trainees in applying for admission to the legal profession and in the required disclosures to the Board of Examiners. She has co-authored conference papers on disclosure and presented at the annual conferences for the Australian Professional Legal Education Council.