Bachelor of Laws
Graduate Diploma Legal Practice
Graduate Certificate Australian Migration Law and Practice
Australian Legal Practitioner
Mentor and Lawyer
At Leo Cussen
Sarah is a Mentor in Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the online course. As part of her role, Sarah teaches in small group sessions with trainees in the intensive foundation skills module at the commencement of the course and at times in Criminal Law.
Before Leo Cussen
Sarah has extensive and varied experience as a Solicitor and Government Legal Officer in Criminal Defence, Prosecution, Family Law, Administrative Law and Family Violence Law.
She started as a solicitor in a medium sized private criminal defence firm in Brisbane and then combined her defence practice with migration law deportation matters associated with criminal defence files. During this period she also volunteered at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service at West End in Brisbane.
After completing the Bar Practice Course, Sarah moved to an in-house role with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) acting for the Commissioner of Police in a wide range of matters including Coronial Inquests, Police Disciplinary Matters and District Court Appeals. She then transferred into a Civilian Prosecutor Role with QPS in North Queensland, prosecuting a wide range of criminal matters in the Townsville Magistrates Court and other local circuit courts including Palm Island.
Sarah then moved into the Community Legal Centre sector commencing a Domestic Violence Duty Lawyer Service as a pilot project for the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service (NQWLS). In this role, Sarah gave advice and legal representation to women in areas of Domestic and Family Violence and Family Law matters.
Sarah has also taught as a sessional academic tutor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) conducting undergraduate LLB tutorials in Criminal Responsibility and Principles of Sentencing.
Sarah is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service
Sarah’s special professional interests are Criminal and International Criminal Law. She has a strong interest in the education and mentoring of law students.
Outside of work, Sarah is undertaking her Masters of Law at the University of Melbourne. She is also involved in a voluntary capacity with the provision of advice and community projects in Townsville with the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service.