Gilbert + Tobin is delighted to have successfully acted pro bono in a landmark decision of the UN Human Rights Committee finding that Australia must give access to its divorce mechanisms to same-sex couples who have married overseas.
Michelle is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Pro Bono group.
As a pro bono lawyer, she acts for marginalised and disadvantaged individuals and organisations representing those who cannot otherwise afford legal assistance. The practice acts across a range of legal areas and has a particular focus on legal issues affecting Indigenous Australians, People with Disabilities and Refugees. However, Michelle specialises in discrimination and human rights law. She has conducted several public interest and test cases in these areas and made successful communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee alleging human rights breaches by the Australian Government. The practice conducts more than 300 matters a year.
Michelle is also responsible for the firm’s CSR program which was formally established in 2007. The program has a strong focus on working with Indigenous Australia and has a Reconciliation Action Plan, Indigenous Youth Program and employment opportunities.
Michelle is a former director of the Australian Pro Bono Resource Centre and the Public Interest Law Clearing House.
Prior to joining the firm, Michelle worked in industrial and employment law and litigation for a major law firm. She was the principal solicitor at the NSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre, undertaking test case and public interest litigation, policy work and community legal education in the area of disability discrimination.
Michelle has a Masters in Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.
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