Sam is based at our Melbourne office and regularly appears in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court as well as the other Courts across Victoria.
Sam was admitted to legal practice in February 2018 after completing his law degree at the University of Melbourne and Practical Legal Training at the Australian National University.
Throughout his studies, Sam pursued his passion for criminal law advocacy and education.
Sam worked in the Law Institute of Victoria’s Criminal Law Section. He was exposed to current issues in criminal law policy and worked with senior members of the profession to produce comprehensive written submissions to the State government. Sam developed his belief in an evidence-based approach to criminal justice that prioritises rehabilitative programs and justice reinvestment over incarceration. This approach provides people with the support they need to escape the criminal justice system.
Sam gained oral advocacy experience through an internship at Victoria Legal Aid, where he appeared in the Special Circumstances List at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
Sam also volunteered with the Prison Legal Education & Assistance (PLEA) Project, where he delivered Court Practice and Procedure information seminars to new arrivals at the Metropolitan Remand Centre. Volunteering in prisons taught Sam that the criminal justice system can be complex and intimidating. He learned first-hand that information and understanding can empower people accused of crime to successfully navigate this system. Sam therefore seeks to collaborate with clients to ensure that they both understand and achieve the best possible outcome in their matter.