For as long as I can remember I’ve always had an aptitude for arguing – my mother can attest to this fact. I got my first taste of advocacy at 12 years old, when I joined my primary school debate team. I remember clearly even how much I loved presenting my team’s points and looking at our topic from each and every angle.
As I got older, I selected legal studies as an elective in year 11 at St Marys at Maitland, I was surprised to find how much I loved and excelled in the subject. From there I decided I would love to go to law school, admittedly I never really considered many other career options. I was accepted into Law at the University of Newcastle and I felt so excited.
However, what was to come was something that had never previously come to my mind. I found that I was very different from my peers. I loved things like reality television, fashion and make-up. I’ve spent a lot of time during my years of study wondering how someone like me could possibly fit into a profession. I think there are often a lot of perceptions of what lawyers should be like or look like that are grounded in very dated stereotypes. Thankfully, Legally Blonde graced our screens in the early 2000s and rectified most of those issues.
After all, who says I can’t watch Keeping up with the Kardashians and be a great lawyer at the same time?
I was raised by my mother, a single parent, who always taught me to lead with empathy and understanding. I think this is one of the main reasons I felt so compelled to join the legal profession, to help people. When I tell clients that “I understand how hard things are right now” – it is simply because i do understand.
Assisting children and vulnerable families is something that is so near to my heart, I couldn’t imagine practicing in any other areas of the law. I love having the opportunity to assist vulnerable families and children every day. I feel fortunate to call this my job and having the opportunity to work alongside a team of like minded and motivated women in our family law department.