Staff

  • Chief Executive Officer – Vacant
  • Chief Financial Officer – Trevour Plowman
  • Director Executive and Corporate Services – Nerita Waight
  • Director Legal and CLient Services – Moricia Vrymoet
  • Executive Assistant to CEO – Kirsten Smith

 

Client Service Officer (CSO)
(Head Office: 3 positions, Regions: 7)

The Client Service Officer (CSO) is a unique role that no other legal service provides in Victoria. It is the aim of the CSO to work with community members to assist and support them as they are processed through the criminal justice system.

CSOs are members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. CSOs often work on the weekend, public holidays and get called in the middle of the night. They also do Prison Support Work as a part of their role at VALS.

 

Manager, Community Programs

  • Andrew Arden

 

Community Services Team Leaders

  • Bradley Boon (Regional)
  • Robert Miller (Metro)

 

Metro CSOs:

  • Gary Bamblett
  • Jaiden Graham
  • Jaime Carter-Maggs

 

Regional CSOs:

  • Bairnsdale – Lyn Morgan
  • Ballarat – Danny Ilsley
  • Heywood – Troy Lovett
  • Mildura – Stephan Gocol
  • Morwell – Maomi Murphy
  • Shepparton – Bradley Boon
  • Swan HIll – Cain Chaplin

 

CSOs provide:

  • Outreach and support;
  • Initial information;
  • Mnor assistance (e.g. helping with phone calls or letters, advocacy to other services);
  • Case planning in conjunction with other service providers;
  • Community liaison;
  • Referral;
    Sit in on interviews with solicitors; and
  • Attend court.

 

Community Legal Education (CLE)
The Community Legal Education Program focusses on providing legal information to Victorian Aboriginal communities on topics those communities identify as priorities for them. Our program is intended to support and empower individuals to access legal services and supports available to them across a range of issues, and to be confident they understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. Our Community Legal Education Officer is based in our Shepparton office and delviers community legal education across the State.

  • Community Legal Education Officer – Loretta O’Neill

 

Legal Practice Staffing

Civil Law

  • Principal Legal Officer – Patrick Warner

 

Civil Law Practitioners

  • Kate Browne
  • Rachel Gleeson
  • Jay Chandramohan
  • Sophia Blosfeld
  • Siobhan Doyle
  • Beau Patterson (DLA secondee)

 

The civil law paralegal is Lee-Anne Carter

 

Criminal Law

  • Principal Legal Officer – Kin Leong

 

Senior Practitioners:

  • David DeWitt
  • Will Collins-Putland

 

Criminal Law Practitioners

  • Andrew Vincent
  • Bronwyn Wrigley
  • Christina Cussen
  • David DeWitt
  • Khushbu Malhotra
  • Peter Sublet
  • Tashi Klose

 

Family Law, Child Protection and Family Violence Intervention Orders

  • Principal Legal Officer –  William Spencer He

 

Senior Practitioners

  • Veronica Toth

 

Practitioners

  • Rosie Cuppaidge
  • Sofia Todorova
  • Genevieve Yarak from 2 April 2019
  • Dallas Terlich from 2 April 2019

 

The paralegal for the family team is: Brittany Stanford

 

Legal Secretaries Team Leader

  • Vincenza Galati

 

Criminal Legal Secretaries:

  • Kalinda Kwan
  • Taylor Batow
  • Monika Burgess

 

Civil Legal Secretary:

  • Sarah-Jo Watt-Linnett

 

Family Legal Secretary:

  • Gabrielle Mayberry

 

Local Justice Worker Program
VALS employs Local Justice Workers in the Northern and Western Metro regions. Local Justice Workers assist people on community based dispositions from the Court to complete their orders. They work with Corrections Victoria to develop culturally responsive work programs, and liaise between Courts, Corrections and Police to support community members. They also assist with Sheriff’s Office matters, and can support community members in making payment arrangements, liaising with the Sheriff’s Office regarding outstanding fines and refer people for special circumstances applications, where appropriate.

  • Northern Metro – Vacant
  • Northern Metro – Tanisha Ellis
  • Western Metro – Lisa Arnold