Melany formerly worked as a Legal Associate in the Family Court of Australia and is well-equipped with an understanding of complex parenting cases, particularly those involving questions of risk and what is in the child’s best interests. She has experience delving into unusual property matters involving superannuation and cryptocurrency. Melany harnesses her keen legal research skills and meticulous attention to detail to ensure that clients receive high quality and long-lasting solutions to complex problems. She also bring a compassionate and considered approach when assisting clients, informed by her experience in a range of community and pastoral care roles.
Coming from an interdisciplinary background, Melany loves thinking and writing about the law using creative approaches. During her studies Melany was awarded Law Student of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.
Melany is passionate about fostering women’s participation in cycling and recently completed the 235km Peaks Challenge in just over 10 hours. She is a keen participant in the Crossroads Christian Church and organises youth adventure church camps for ACT high school students.
Melany enjoyed researching Moroccan witchcraft and colonial law for her Honours Thesis, and was awarded the Global Undergraduate Award for Law for her research on Islamic architecture in Spain.
She is presently co-writing a chapter for the Cambridge Companion to Gender and Law with citizenship law expert and Co-Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, Professor Kim Rubenstein.