Lauren was admitted to practice in 2020 and comes to Doogue + George from the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, where she worked as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. In this role, Lauren was responsible for providing high quality legal advice, representation and education programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients throughout Gippsland and at the Ringwood Magistrates Court.
Lauren regularly appeared in the Magistrates Court and Koori Court appearing in contested bail applications and variations, diversions, pleas, sentence, breach proceedings against the Sex Offender Registration Act and Community Corrections Orders, contest mentions and matters in the Indictable Stream of the Magistrates Courts.
Prior to commencing practice, Lauren was at Supreme Court of Victoria where she worked as a Judge’s associate in the Criminal Division, Common Law Division and the Court of Appeal. In this role, she completed research and assisted with the drafting of judgements for a variety of criminal cases, including matters of bail, homicide, manslaughter and slavery.
Between 2017 and 2019, Lauren undertook internships with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal in the Office of the Prosecutor, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in the criminal law department in Katherine, St Kilda Legal Service, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and The Office of Public Prosecutions. Lauren completed a Juris Doctor at Monash University in 2018 and focused her studies exclusively on Criminal and International Law. She graduated 3rd in her year.
Lauren is skilled at communicating with people from diverse backgrounds and engaging in matters with a high level of compassion and knowledge of the law. She prides herself on getting the best possible outcomes for clients and providing sound and reassuring advice. She understands the implications and anxiety that can come with being charged with criminal offences, be it for the first or subsequent time, and will work with you to ensure you are comfortable, have a firm understanding of court processes and of your options to achieve a desirable outcome.