Karen welcomes briefs to appear in metropolitan and regional courts in all areas of Criminal Law, Child Protection, Intervention Orders and Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal matters. Karen also accepts briefs to appear in the Mental Health Tribunal as well as Duty Lawyer briefs in both metropolitan and regional courts.
Karen started her legal career in 2009 as a solicitor advocate in a suburban firm before beginning a Solicitor position at Victoria Legal Aid where she was seconded to the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) Family Division. She then moved over to the Criminal Division at VALS where she practised as a Criminal Lawyer and Senior Criminal Lawyer for approximately four years. In this role Karen represented complex and vulnerable clients on a daily basis in metropolitan and regional courts across the State.
Immediately prior to joining the Bar, Karen practised as the Outreach Lawyer at the generalist community legal service Youthlaw in a role which included community legal education and casework including Criminal matters, Infringements and family violence related issues for young people.
In 2014, Karen completed a Reprieve Internship at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Centre in New Orleans, assisting with capital cases.
In addition, between 2013-2015 she was a co-host on the 3CR Community Radio Show Done By Law.
Karen has also previously volunteered at a number of community legal services including Peninsula Community Legal Service and the Mental Health Legal Service.