Public Defenders


Committee Members:

  • Rebecca McMahon (Co-Chair), Barrister and Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW
  • Richard Wilson SC (Co-Chair), Deputy Senior Public Defender (NSW)
  • Her Honour Justice Belinda Baker, ACT Supreme Court
  • Her Honour Justice Dina Yehia, Supreme Court of NSW
  • Her Honour Judge Sophia Beckett, District Court of NSW
  • Her Honour Magistrate Emma Manea, Local Court of NSW
  • Her Honour Judge Thomasin Opie, Local Court of the Northern Territory
  • Dr Anthony Hopkins, Associate Professor, College of Law, ANU and Special Magistrate, ACT Magistrates Court
  • Professor Thalia Anthony, Faculty of Law, UTS
  • Professor Jill Hunter, Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW
  • Sophie Anderson, Barrister
  • Damian Beaufils, Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecutors' Chambers, NSW
  • Josh Brock, Public Defender (NSW)
  • Brett Hatfield, Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecutors' Chambers, NSW
  • Emma Langton, Solicitor in Charge, Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities, Legal Aid NSW 
  • Ella Parkes-Talbot, Solicitor, Legal Aid NSW
  • Lauren Stefanou, Managing Solicitor, NSW Justice Projects, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
  • Prita Supomo, Research Lawyer, Public Defenders Chambers (NSW)
  • Jennifer Wheeler, Research Lawyer, Public Defenders Chambers (NSW)
  • Kimberley Wilson, Director, Aboriginal Services Branch, Legal Aid NSW
  • Mark Zaki, Managing Lawyer, Research & Sentencing, Judicial Commission of NSW

Legal and Program Manager:

  • Crystal Triggs
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The Committee thanks the members of its independent advisory panel for their guidance and expertise in compiling this resource:

  • Professor Larissa Behrendt, Director of Research and Academic Programs, Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research, UTS
  • Vanessa Edwige, Registered Psychologist and Director, Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association
  • Her Honour Judge Sarah Hopkins, District Court of NSW
  • George Newhouse, Adjunct Professor of Law, Macquarie University & Principal Solicitor, the National Justice Project (NJP) 
  • Associate Professor Lynette Riley, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
  • Jane Sanders, Principal Solicitor, The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre

The Committee thanks all reviewers for the generous donation of their time, expertise and advice:

  • The Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC)
  • Associate Professor Lucinda Burns, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
  • Dr Ee Pin Chang, Suicide Prevention Australia Post-doctoral Fellow, Research Fellow at Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, UWA
  • Associate Professor Kyllie Cripps, Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW
  • Professor Pat Dudgeon AM FAHMS, Chief Investigator, Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Project, UWA
  • Professor Linda Graham, Director, Centre for Inclusive Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Professor Susan Green, Charles Sturt University
  • Professor Ross HomelSchool of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University 
  • Dr Jody Kamminga, Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre, WA
  • Dr Carmel Lum, Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and Clinical Psychology, Central Australia Aboriginal Congress, NT
  • Dr Robin Murray, Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) 
  • Dr Daniel Quin, Psychologist and Teacher, Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Dr Molly Schafer, Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Fellow of the Clinical College of Neuropsychologists 
  • Associate Professor Melanie Schwartz, Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW
  • Dr Dimitra Tzioumi, Department Head, Child Protection Services, Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Marshall Watson, Child and Adolescent and Adult Forensic Psychiatrist; Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission; Member, Clinical Council, Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia

Panel of Contributors, Supervisors and Consultants:

Alexandra Baker, Ryan Barratt, Isobel Blomfield, Donna Briggs-Ford, Melissa Burgess, Olivia Beckett Capelin, Jenae Carpenter, Brad Cullen, Alicia D’Arcy, Renee Emzin, Jade Ernst, Isha Fay, Petra Franks, Tim Gollan, Felicity Graham, Professor Bob Gregory, Drew Hawkes, Michael Hughes, Suzy Hunter, Michaela Johnston, Lauren Lai, Desiree Leha, Tom Lee, Christine Maibom, Professor Luke McNamara, Hamish McPherson, Dr Tanya Mitchell, Pierrette Mizzi, Clement Ng, Jason O’Neil, Kirby Pearson, Jeremy Rea, Michael Siciliano, Oliver Silverton, Darcy St Louis, Tegan Thomas, Jenavive Westbury, Bryce Wilson, David Woodroffe, Thomas Woods, Rachel Yang.

The Bar Book Project also acknowledges the contributions and support provided by the Australian Bar Association, the NSW Bar Association, the Public Defenders and the UNSW Centre for Crime, Law and Justice.