Staff

  • Lauren Caulfield

    Advocacy & Law Reform Officer

    Lauren is a social justice and environmental activist and community organiser whose anti-violence work is focused at the intersections of interpersonal and state-sanctioned gender violence.  She works with the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre’s Police Accountability Project and with the Abolitionist and Transformative Justice Centre.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws and was recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 for her research into community-based strategies to tackle gender violence.

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  • Verity Smith

    Police Accountability Solicitor

    Verity Smith started with us as Police Accountability Solicitor in January 2018.  Verity comes with a great deal of human rights and social justice lawyering experience as Senior Solicitor at the National Justice Project, in the Human Rights Group at Legal Aid NSW, as a criminal lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, and as an intern at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) in New Orleans as well as project work with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), Redfern Legal Centre and ProBono.Org.
    Verity has worked on multiple large litigation files, inc many matters against NSW Police and Corrective Services, largely for assault, battery, trespass and false imprisonment, Federal court cases, coronial inquests including deaths in custody and has extensive experience working with and representing  the most socially disadvantaged groups in society.

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  • Deng Maleek Deng

    Peer Advocacy Coordinator

    Deng has worked at Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre (FKCLC) since August 2016. His work is aimed at redressing racial profiling and discriminatory policing of young people from Indigenous, ethnic and religious backgrounds in Victoria.

    Deng is also Director of Community Engagement at Democracy in Colour and has previously worked with Concern Australia in conjunction with Neighbourhood Justice Centre assisting young people in Juvenile Justice to end recidivism and breach of Court Orders and positively transit into the community. He was also part of the Atherton Garden’s Project’s Forum (Part of the Fitzroy Renewal Team).  He is in his final year studying Youth Work and Sport & Recreation Management at Victoria University.

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  • Julian McDonald

    Solicitor / Clinical Supervisor

    Julian joined the Centre as a volunteer in September 2013. He begun working in our generalist practice undertaking casework across broad areas of law including crime and infringements. He joined the Centre’s Police Accountability Project in September 2015 and currently is the supervising solicitor for the Police Complaints Clinic in partnership with Melbourne Law School. In this role as Clinical Supervisor Julian takes on matters involving police’s use of excessive force, racial profiling and duty failure in family violence, as well as criminal matters and assists with representation in the Magistrates’ Court.

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  • Sophie Ellis

    Solicitor

    Sophie joined the Centre’s Police Accountability Project in September 2013, taking on some of our most complex and long running, inquests, civil litigation, discrimination and criminal defence cases.

    Previously, Sophie was Social Justice Solicitor at Shine Lawyers Ltd, Litigation lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and Secondee Lawyer at Public Interest Law Clearing House.  She has been Co-Chair of the Editorial Committee – Young Lawyers Journal at Law Institute of Victoria.

     

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  • Anthony Kelly

    Executive Officer / Advocacy

    Anthony has over 25 years experience in human rights advocacy, strategic social justice campaigning and community development. Prior to joining the Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre in early 2011, he was Coordinator of the Men’s Referral Service for 7 years, Policy Officer with the Federation of Community Legal Centres, and Training Coordinator with the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP).

    Anthony was co-founder of Peace Brigades International – Australia, an associate with the Change Agency and a campaigner, trainer and consultant with over 40 Australian and international social change campaigns.

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