Mary Shamaly

Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Master of Laws (Human Rights)
Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
Mentor and Lawyer


At Leo Cussen

Mary is a full-time Mentor in Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the blended online course.


Before Leo Cussen

Mary was admitted to the legal profession in 2012 after completing her PLT at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. In the nine years since she was a Leo Cussen trainee, Mary has built her career in the community services sector with a commitment to driving innovative and evidence-based change to improve outcomes for the Victorian community.

Beginning her career in private practice, Mary worked in areas of environment, major project approvals, town planning, health & safety incidents, and family law. However, she quickly realised she was far more interested in advocacy and social justice, thereby shifting her career to the public sector. Mary worked at Victoria Legal Aid and the Children’s Court of Victoria in various capacities, as a lawyer, Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS), and senior projects officer, in areas of youth crime, family violence, and child protection. Mary’s broad-ranging experience in operational and strategic capacities has given her deep insight into the complex issues facing individuals in the justice system, specifically those who cross over multiple jurisdictions.

Mary also volunteered in the community legal sector for many years.



Resolution Institute


Achievements/Special Interests

Mary speaks, reads, and writes Arabic. When she’s not spending time with her family, or at church, Mary enjoys yoga and baking in her spare time.