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Kaela Hughes, Senior Lawyer and Trainer
Kaela Hughes is a Senior Lawyer and Trainer. Kaela was admitted to legal practice in 2010 and prior to joining Justice Connect worked at a commercial firm, Minter Ellison. During her time in corporate practice, Kaela was exposed to a variety of areas of law including employment, workers’ compensation, commercial and regulatory and insurance and corporate risk. Kaela joined the Not-for-profit Law team in July 2015. Since that time, she has worked in multiple roles across the team delivering training, developing legal information resources and providing advice to not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of issues they face.
Kaela also sits on the board of Free to Feed, a not-for-profit social enterprise that empowers refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants and encourages inclusive communities, through the delivery of shared food experiences. In her spare time, Kaela teaches yoga to children and families in the community.
Amy Williams, Senior Lawyer - Not-for-profit Law
Amy Williams was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2015. Prior to this, she was a social worker working with a range of small to medium sized not-for-profit organisations. Amy regularly provides legal advice, training and assistance to community organisations across Australia on various legal issues.
Recently Amy has had a particular focus on the laws as they relate to volunteers, which has involved the development our National Volunteer Guide, and web-based application designed to help organisations understand their legal obligations when managing volunteers. Prior to joining Justice Connect Amy worked as a solicitor at commercial law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Geraldine Menere, Manager - Not-for-profit Law
Geraldine is a Manager and Lawyer at Not-for-profit Law. Admitted to practice in 2014, Geraldine has experience as a community lawyer working with both vulnerable individuals and the community organisations that assist them. Geraldine currently works with Local Aboriginal Land Councils and other not-for-profit organisations to provide advice on a range of legal issues.
Prior to this, Geraldine worked with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to resolve their civil law and immigration issues. Before becoming a lawyer, Geraldine worked in the banking and finance sector for a number of years as a leasing and asset finance specialist.
Daniel Komesaroff, Lawyer - Not-for-profit Law
Daniel is a lawyer at Justice Connect, Not-for-profit Law. Daniel was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2018. Prior to joining Justice Connect, Daniel worked across the corporate and employment law teams of international law firm, DLA Piper. In these teams, Daniel had exposure to a landscape of legal matters where he worked on cross-jurisdiction mergers and acquisitions, Fair Work Commission conciliations as well as various human rights law submissions.
Daniel was also seconded to the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) from DLA Piper in the first half of 2018. In the Not-for-profit Law team, Daniel draws upon his previous positions to provide legal advice, training and assistance to as many community organisations across Australia as he can.
Rebecca Barber, Lawyer - Not-for-profit Law
Rebecca is a Lawyer in the Not-for-profit Law team and was admitted to practice in 2016. Prior to joining Justice Connect, Rebecca worked in the areas of tax, employment and commercial law at Deloitte Legal Pty Ltd, while providing legal management consulting services and contributing to broader strategy and innovation projects.
Rebecca joined the Not-for-profit Law team in August 2019 and regularly delivers training and advice to not-for-profit organisations on a range of legal issues, with a particular focus on the financial obligations of community organisations.
Juanita Pope, Head of Not-for-profit Law
Juanita has been leading the Not-for-profit Law program at Justice Connect since 2012, and has a broad knowledge of legal and governance issues for not-for-profits and social enterprises.
With over 15 years' legal experience, Juanita has also worked in corporate practice (specialising in environmental law and intellectual property), as a judge's associate, and in academic research on Indigenous peoples' rights.
Juanita has lived experience of running a volunteer-based community organisation, having co-founded and managed a small collaborative theatre company for 10 years. She has served on not-for-profit boards for more than a decade, and is currently a director of Melbourne Fringe.
Sue Woodward, Head of Not-for-profit Law
Sue was the driving force behind the establishment of Not-for-profit Law in 2008 and has returned after three years as the inaugural Director, Policy & Education at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Sue has been involved in researching and advocating on legal and regulatory issues of importance to Australia’s not-for-profit sector for over 15 years. Sue is a lawyer who has been involved in many community groups and on the board of both start-up and well established charities.
Mae Tanner, Manager of Not-for-profit Law and Trainer
Mae joined Not-for-profit Law as a Lawyer and Trainer in 2016. Mae has over ten years’ experience in legal practice – including as a commercial lawyer in Australia and as a legal advisor working internationally with NGOs, government bodies and the United Nations on governance and regulatory issues. Mae has a Masters in Human Rights and has been an active volunteer in the not-for-profit sector.
Previously a board member for a Canberra based international aid organisation, more recently Mae has worked with a global group to establish an association of human rights advocates and activists, and volunteered at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Human Rights Clinic in Melbourne.
Merryn Lynch, Lawyer
Merryn was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2015. Prior to joining Justice Connect in 2019, Merryn worked in the areas of Property, Estate Planning and Probate, and Community Associations at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers. In her current role, Merryn works with Local Aboriginal Land Councils and other not-for-profit organisations to provide advice and training on a broad range of legal topics.