Our dedicated staff are experts in their chosen fields and are integral to our mission of providing free legal services to inner Melbourne communities.
The face and voice of IMCL. Warmly greets clients when they attend or call our office and deftly deals with an array of colourful inquiries to make sure our clients get the right help they need. Juggles human and animal parenthood, law studies and all the weird and wonderful things that come up at IMCL. Ultimate multitasker.
Long-time social justice advocate on all sorts of social justice issues from disability to gender equality to LGBTIQ. Leads, manages and represents IMCL to promote our high quality work, keep the doors open into the future and showing off how amazing IMCL truly is. An unashamed attention seeker, Dan’s out there for IMCL! And always in his snappiest shoes!
When not singing Destiny’s Child albums cover to cover or listening to hip hop, Hannah's counting down the days until she completes her first year of legal practice in May 2018! Enjoys putting her theoretical legal knowledge into practice by developing case theories and strategies, especially in family law. Gets a kick when her understanding of cultural diversity and Amharic comes in handy.
If a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? Holly helps us answer this question by evaluating the work we do at IMCL to make sure we are making an impact within our community. By weaving an overarching framework around our advice services, duty lawyering, ongoing casework and projects like health justice partnerships and community legal education, Holly builds structures around our work so that we can assess our success and reflect on our experience. The foundation that holds us together.
Jessica de Vries
With her in-depth legal knowledge and compassionate, intensive approach to client engagement, Jess leads our family law, family violence and victims of crime practice. Doesn't like being in the limelight despite her high achievements and exceptional client case outcomes. When required to, takes on the Principal Lawyer role in her stride. Ex-Supreme Court Judge’s Associate and yoga fanatic (especially of the upside, aerial kind). Adds office zen.
Senior Lawyer & Health Justice Partnerships Manager (on leave until April 2018)
Passionate about improving access to justice. Manages IMCL’s health justice partnerships with the Women’s and Royal Melbourne Hospitals and provides generalist legal advice and casework assistance to patients. Past experience in private practice and development work. In her down time, studying a Masters of Public Policy and trying to find time to do pottery.
Our health justice partnership lawyer and general all-rounder with a background in criminal law and youth justice. Runs multiple in-house clinics and is one of IMCL’s stalwart family violence duty lawyers. Passionate about keeping decision makers accountable and providing holistic care to our clients. A no nonsense, country gal through and through, Maie likes to get things done.
Community law is part of her DNA. Leads a dynamic and talented team of lawyers to deliver high quality legal service to those most in need in our community. Loves working collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for clients. Enjoys mentoring and inspiring people to be their best. Manages legal practice risk and watering of the office plants. Wears (very) big earrings and dances often.
Started at IMCL as a graduate lawyer in late 2011 and has been here ever since. Previously worked on improving rights for Australian clothing workers at Union-industry accreditation body Ethical Clothing Australia. Practices in all things tenancy, other bits and pieces of civil law, and VOCAT. Passionate about housing rights, building community partnerships and achieving just outcomes for clients. In her spare time she wrangles small humans and tries to perfect her Deutsch.
Senior Lawyer, Communications & Community Legal Education Manager
With almost 20 years of experience in the access to justice sector domestically and internationally in a variety of legal practice and project management roles, Nadia strives to promote social justice and systemic reform. After a number of years as a criminal lawyer, now manages IMCL’s communications and communiy legal education work. Draws inspiriation from IMCL's exceptional volunteers. Producer/presenter on 3CR Radio Done By Law in her downtime. Global citizen.
From file management and volunteer coordination, to database oversight and invoicing, Peta makes sure our office runs like a well-oiled machine so that we can provide quality legal services. Keeps very high standards on account of years of administration experience in the health and legal sectors and a philosophy degree to boot. Watches Seinfeld on repeat, often whilst thinking about the beauty of data reports.
A people person with endless empathy, conducts outreach work with some of our most disadvantaged and complex clients, including those experiencing homelessness or social exclusion. Generalist lawyer with a focus on civil and criminal law, sees client problems through a therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice lens. Works tirelessly to keep people out of prison and instead get the social supports they need. Always up to date with progressive legal issues as a volunteer radio producer and presenter on Done by Law, 3CR. Ethical fashionista.
Meet our pets
Attorney at Paw
Our very own office dog. A tall, floppy and bouncy German Shorthaired Pointer, Elrei brings excitement and joy to the office. She enjoys puppy-‘soy’ccinos, sleeping in patches of sun on the office floor and tummy rubs.