Natalie is currently seconded to Prisoners’ Legal Service in Brisbane, an independent not for profit community legal centre that helps people in prison. In her role she is responsible for advocating for people in prison experiencing disability and disadvantage in relation to their prison conditions. This can include:
- Providing advice and representation for people with disability detained in solitary confinement; and
- Providing advice and representation in relation to a wide range of prison law matters, such as transfers, access to programs and human rights complaints.
She also provides advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers who are facing visa cancellations because of their criminal charges and placement in prison.
Natalie’s previous roles have included:
- Solicitor in the Community Referral Service (Pro Bono Scheme section) at the Law Society of NSW where she was responsible for representing clients on an in-house basis in the Family Court of Australia and the Local, District and Supreme Courts of NSW. Natalie was also responsible for processing and conducting means and merits assessments on large volumes of Pro Bono assistance applications relating to criminal, family, AVOs, care and protection, migration, civil, wills & estates and other ad hoc matters.
- Junior Solicitor at Salvos Legal Humanitarian predominately in the areas of family, criminal and immigration law.
- Pro Bono Legal Assistant for a defence team at the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. The position required legal qualifications and involved directly assisting lead counsel and senior legal assistants.
2021 ANU Kirsten Slojander Memorial Prize for Advanced International Human Rights Law