Ms Rebecca Dominguez
Principal Solicitor - Clinical Supervisor,
Dean's Unit - School of Law
Rebecca Dominguez (BA Hons, MLLP Hons) is Principal Solicitor / Clinical Supervisor with the Western Sydney University Justice Clinic and (Acting) Director, Clinical Legal Education in the School of Law. The WSU Justice Clinic is a community legal service where practicing lawyers and academics work on client cases and law reform and access to justice projects, run health justice outreach clinics, provide community legal education, operate the university's Student Legal Service, and teach the university's clinical legal and internship subjects. Prior to joining WSU, Rebecca was a senior lawyer in the Pro Bono Practice Group of Baker McKenzie specialising in human rights and social justice cases involving modern slavery, human trafficking, forced marriage, family violence, elder abuse, disability discrimination, employment, and refugee and asylum seeker claims.
In addition to individual case work and representation, Rebecca partners with clients to conduct research on domestic and international human rights issues including examining the introduction of civil protections against forced marriage in Australia, Canada and the UK, and analysing the intersection between family violence, forced marriage and modern slavery legislation in Australia. She assists community and other stakeholders to draft legal and policy submissions to federal and state government inquiries, including the review of victims rights and support schemes in NSW and Victoria; the introduction of coercive control legislation in NSW; review of the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act NSW; the Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence; the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into the Human Rights Act; and the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Elder Abuse inquiry.
Rebecca has also worked as a criminal defence lawyer in the Supreme, District, Local and Children’s Courts of NSW, representing clients of the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Legal Aid NSW, and in-house in legal and compliance, and in private practice in worker’s compensation and public liability matters. She was an inaugural member of Baker’s McKenzie’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Committee.
Rebecca was an original contributor to the Australian Pro Bono Centre’s Client Management & Self-Care Guide for pro bono practitioners in Australia. She received the national 2019 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award in recognition of her family violence work. Her practice’s work with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service was acknowledged in the 2020 Humanitarian Award for Best Refugee Project in NSW for RACS’ Women At Risk Program. Rebecca is an invited member of the Commonwealth Government's Forced Marriage Protection Order Consultation Group, the Australian Institute of Criminology's Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Research Network, and the NSW Law Society's Human Rights Committee. She received the 2022 WSU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Indigenous Teaching and Learning, and the 2022 UTS Alumni Award for Excellence in Law.
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- LLM University of Technology, Sydney
Organisational Unit (School / Division)
- Dean's Unit - School of Law
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Previous Teaching Areas
- LAWS3077 Legal Internship, 2023
- LAWS3080 Street Law Clinic, 2022
- LAWS4012 First Nations Peoples' Access to Justice Clinic, 2022
- LAWS4012 First Nations Peoples' Access to Justice Clinic, 2023
- LAWS4017 Access to Justice Clinic, 2020
- LAWS4017 Access to Justice Clinic, 2021
- LAWS4017 Access to Justice Clinic, 2022
- LAWS4017 Access to Justice Clinic, 2023