Cert IV TAE Australian Legal Practitioner
Lawyer & Mentor, Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Australian Legal Practitioner
Master of Business Administration
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Mental Health First Aid – qualified instructor
At Leo Cussen
Claire is a Lawyer and Mentor in Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the full-time Face to Face course.
She shares topic coordination responsibility for Work Management & Business Skills (including Thriving in your Career). 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.
Additionally, Claire teaches Mental Health First Aid to graduates of the Leo Cussen Practical Legal Training course, as well as to members of the legal profession and legal industry more broadly. Claire is one of the few MHFA trainers in Australia who is trained to deliver the MHFA program designed specifically for lawyers and those working with lawyers.
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 mainstream law firms across areas such as civil and commercial 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 and co-ordinator 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 Teaching and Learning and Equity and Diversity units supporting, advocating for and adapting curriculum, materials, programs and projects for students with disabilities and other members of the Equity groups (Indigenous Australians, low SES, rural & isolated, non-English speaking backgrounds, women in non-traditional areas of study and first in family)
Claire is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, and a member of the Institute’s Diversity Committee.
Claire also belongs to Victorian Women Lawyers and is a member of the Justice Committee.
Claire is a member of the Wellness for Law Network
She is a member of Leo Cussen’s Academic Committee.
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 Victorian Legal Admissions Board.
She has co-authored conference papers on disclosure and presented at the annual conferences for the Australian Professional Legal Education Council and at the Annual National Wellness for Law Forum.