Senior Associate – Pro Bono, Baker McKenzie
Rebecca joined the Pro Bono Practice Group at Baker McKenzie in 2016 after practising as a criminal defence lawyer for Indigenous clients and marginalised individuals. Rebecca has brought this advocacy expertise, her experience in international human rights law and assisting not-for-profits to her legal practice at Baker McKenzie.
Rebecca works with her pro bono colleagues on human trafficking cases, victims compensation matters, assisting asylum seekers with their protection claims, elders law matters and other legal matters with a public interest or access to justice issue, including drafting submissions and research papers for pro bono clients. She is proud of the commitment of Baker McKenzie to pro bono in Australia and globally, and to be part of the wider pro bono community across all law firms.
Senior Associate, Ashurst
Sara Lane was promoted to Senior Associate at Ashurst in mid-2018. She has been a full time member of Ashurst’s Pro Bono team since October 2015.
Prior to commencing at Ashurst, Sara was a civil lawyer with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), based in Katherine, Northern Territory, for 2.5 years. Sara commenced her legal career as a graduate at Minter Ellison in Brisbane.
In her current role, Sara coordinates Ashurst’s NAAJA secondment and Victims Support practice. She regularly provides free legal advice to homeless people and women at risk the clinics Ashurst runs at Lou’s Place and the Exodus Foundation in Sydney. Sara is one of Ashurst’s representatives on the Strategic Directions Committee of Just Reinvest New South Wales. She travels regularly to regional, remote and rural communities in Western New South Wales and the Northern Territory to ensure that people and organisations in those communities are able to access pro bono legal resources.
Sara is passionate about working with clients and communities to develop solutions to emerging areas of legal need. Sara is particularly focused on finding access to justice solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and people experiencing disadvantage in rural, remote and regional areas. Sara also works closely with charities, not for profits and social enterprises who support vulnerable and marginalised people.