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Meet our team of lawyers who provide training on important legal issues for not-for-profit organisations.
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.
Liz Morgan, Manager - Not-for-profit Law Training
Liz worked at Victoria Legal Aid before joining Not-for-profit Law in 2008. Since this time, Liz has specialised in charity and not-for-profit law and regularly advises community organisations on a range of legal issues they face.
Liz has particular expertise in the area of charity law, Victorian incorporated associations and legal issues in managing volunteers. As well as being a lawyer, Liz is a qualified trainer and has an interest in providing plain-language training about the law.
Mae Tanner, Lawyer and Trainer - Not-for-profit Law Training
Mae joined Not-for-profit Law as a Lawyer and Trainer in 2016. Admitted to practice in 2008, Mae has worked as a commercial lawyer in Australia and as a legal advisor working internationally with non-governmental organisations, government bodies and the United Nations on governance and regulatory issues.
Mae was previously a board member for a Canberra based international aid organisation and recently worked with a global group to establish an association of human rights advocates and activists. She is a volunteer at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne.
Kaela Hughes, Lawyer and Trainer - Not-for-profit Law Training
Kaela was admitted to legal practice in 2010 and prior to joining Justice Connect worked at 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 then, she has worked with the training and education teams to develop and deliver legal education programs and resources that build capacity within not-for-profit organisations. Kaela has been an active volunteer in the not-for-profit sector, most recently with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Kaela also teaches yoga to children and families in the community.
Anna Lyons, Principal Lawyer - Not-for-profit Law
Anna joined the Not-for-profit Law team in October 2015, having most recently worked as a senior lawyer with Justice Connect Homeless Law. Anna worked at Herbert Smith Freehills from 2005 to 2012 and during that time gained experience advising not-for-profit organisations and delivering training for the community sector as a member of the firm’s Charity Law team. Anna has a particular interest in governance and taxation of not-for-profit organisations.
In addition to her commercial experience, Anna has volunteered for a community legal centre in Melbourne and with not-for-profit organisations in Laos and Indonesia.
Sue Woodward, Head of Not-for-profit Law
Sue was the driving force behind the establishment NFP 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 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.
Juanita Pope, Head of Not-for-profit Law
Juanita was admitted to legal practice in 2004, and since then has worked at the Federal Court, Melbourne University, in a corporate law firm and for a small not-for-profit arts organisation.
At Not-for-profit Law, Juanita regularly advises, educates and advocates for small not-for-profit legal issues groups, and also has expertise in intellectual property law and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander legal policy. Juanita is a keen supporter of the arts, and has held various board positions within theatre companies. She is currently a board member of the Melbourne Fringe.
Nadine Clode, Manager
Nadine manages the public training and information aspects of the Not-for-profit Law service and also contributes to law reform work, of which she has had prior experience through her work in Federal and State governments.
This also involved holding executive positions in social policy, during which she worked closely with the community sector. Her current volunteer work includes community representative positions on two local councils and assisting a seniors group.
Savi Manii, Manager
Savi started at what was then PILCH NSW in 2012 and joined the Not-for-Profit Law team in 2013.
Savi regularly provides legal advice to not-for-profits on issues such as governance, structuring, and fundraising law. Previously, Savi practised as a corporate solicitor then as a commercial litigator at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
Geraldine Menere, Lawyer- Not-for-profit Law
Geraldine is a 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.
Jacob Wood, Lawyer - Not-for-profit Law
Jacob is a Lawyer at Not-for-profit Law admitted to practice in 2017. Jacob joined the Not-for-profit Law team in 2013, and has worked in multiple roles across the legal advice and information resource teams.
This has given him a strong understanding of the legal and regulatory framework that not-for-profit organisations operate in and the unique issues they face.
Jacob now advises community groups on issues such as governance, starting up, regulatory compliance and tax concessions.