Our Staff

Our dedicated staff are experts in their chosen fields and are integral to our mission of providing free legal services to inner Melbourne communities.

Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace

Administration Officer

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. 

Dan Stubbs

Dan Stubbs

CEO

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!

Hannah Fesseha

Hannah Fesseha

Graduate Lawyer

When not singing Destiny’s Child albums cover to cover or listening to hip hop, she'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.   

Holly Buykx

Holly Buykx

Evaluation Officer

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, she 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

Jessica de Vries

Senior Lawyer

Primarily practices in family law, family violence and victims of crime. Runs the in-house family law clinic, manages the family violence duty lawyer service and also assists with our hospital clinics. Ex-Supreme Court Judge’s Associate and yoga fanatic. Adds office zen.

Linda Gyorki

Linda Gyorki

Manager (Health Justice Partnerships) and Senior Lawyer (on leave until April 2018)

Passionate about improving access to justice. Manages IMCL’s Health Justice Partnerships with the Women’s, Children’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.

Maie Gibney

Maie Gibney

Senior Lawyer

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. Country gal through and through.

Melanie Dye

Melanie Dye

Principal Lawyer

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.

Nadia Morales

Nadia Morales

Senior Lawyer

With over 15 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 the rule of law and social justice. Generalist lawyer with a criminal law focus, moonlights as IMCL’s communications and fundraising guru, designs and delivers CLE and manages a number of inspiring volunteers. Global Citizen.

Peta Hodgson

Peta Hodgson

Office Manager

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.

Philippa Dixon

Philippa Dixon

Senior Lawyer

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

Eleri

Eleri

Attorney at Paw

One year old German Shorthaired Pointer. Brings excitement and joy to the office on Thursdays. Enjoys puppy-ccinos, ball activities and drafting affidavits.