Current Australian Legal Practitioner
Lecturer/Director of Clinical Programs, Victoria University
Admitted to practise in 2001, Su spent her early life as a lawyer working in the Australian community legal centre sector. Starting with articles of clerkship at Fitzroy Legal Service, Su followed this with roles at the Environment Defenders Office, the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Communications Law Centre. She also worked as a County Court Judges Associate and in private criminal defence. In 2006, Su moved to Victoria University to teach law and in 2008 she was allocated the two small externships that made up the entire Victoria Law School clinical legal education offering at that time. Since then, her passion for immersing students in practical social justice experiences has resulted in the development of a strong community-based clinical legal education program. The 15 externships she now manages reach across the West of Melbourne at courts, community legal centres and legal aid, as well as a unique internship with Victorian Police Prosecutors. More than 150 VU students each year now integrate their law studies with the life of the law in a variety of contexts, including family law, criminal law, fines and infringements, refugee law, youth law, employment law and special projects focussed on law reform to protect the disadvantaged. Su’s research is also drawn from the community law context, most recently, ‘Fare Go: Myki, Transport Poverty and Access to Education in Melbourne’s West‘.