Alumni panel: Careers in social justice, law reform and advocacy
Presented by ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ), this online discussion aims to help students explore and learn more about careers in social justice, law reform and advocacy. Bringing together alumni who currently work in a variety of roles in these fields, you’ll be able to learn more about the organisations they work at and how they got there.
- Suzie Wnukowska-Mtonga (BA/LLB (Hons) ‘12, GDLP ‘13) – Associate Program Manager – TrialWatch, Clooney Foundation for Justice;
- Lauren Skinner (BA/LLB (Hons) ‘19) – Criminal Solicitor, Aboriginal Legal Service;
- Mark Rowe (BA/LLB (Hons) ’17) – Research and Policy Consultant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and
- Sophie Trevitt (JD ‘14) – Executive Officer, Change the Record.
Lauren is a criminal solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Canberra. Previously, Lauren was a paralegal with North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and undertook an associateship at the ACT Magistrate’s Court. Lauren’s thesis, supervised by Associate Professor Anthony Hopkins, explored the operation of domestic violence legislation in remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities.
Mark is a research and policy consultant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Prior to this role, Mark worked at the United Nations Development Programme as an access to justice project manager based in the Solomon Islands and Samoa. He is a former Aurora Intern at Central Desert Native Title Services in Perth and also worked as a paralegal at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Canberra.
Sophie is a solicitor, campaigner and strong advocate for reforming the justice system. Sophie is the Executive Officer of Change the Record and the ACT Co-Chair of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.
Sophie has over ten years campaigning, media and communications experience working for a number of national NGOs and as a senior staffer in both state and federal politics. Sophie left a career in politics in Canberra to work as a lawyer in Alice Springs in 2016. She practiced in a wide range of civil and administrative law, before managing the youth prison and police accountability practice for an Aboriginal legal service in Alice Springs. Sophie began work in Alice Springs as the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory was underway. In her time practicing as a lawyer in Alice Springs, she was not aware of a single non-Indigenous child that was incarcerated in the Alice Spring Youth Detention Centre.
Suzie Wnukowska-Mtonga is the Associate Program Manager of the TrialWatch initiative at the Foundation and is engaged across the full range of TrialWatch’s work, from monitoring to reporting to advocacy. Previously, she was the Global Public Service Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Suzie commenced her legal career in commercial law, practicing as an attorney at the Australian law firm of Gilbert & Tobin before working as in-house counsel and pro bono coordinator at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Suzie also started the not-for-profit Rights Nights, which focused on educating the Australian public on human rights issues. She authored “The Real Impact of Impact Litigation,” published in the Florida Journal of International Law. Suzie holds an LL.M from Columbia Law School, where she graduated as a James Kent Scholar. She also holds an LL.B with First Class Honors and a B.A. (majoring in International Relations) from the Australian National University.