Ms Rebecca Dominguez

Ms Rebecca Dominguez

Principal Solicitor/Clinical Supervisor,
Dean's Unit - School of Law

Biography

Rebecca Dominguez (BA Hons, MLLP Hons) is Principal Solicitor / Clinical Supervisor with the Western Sydney University Justice Clinic in the School of Law.  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.  She was responsible for representing her own clients, supervising and mentoring lawyers in Baker McKenzie’s Australian and international offices in pro bono legal cases and managing relationships and referrals with community legal centres, NGOs, public interest organisations, NFPs, private firms and government departments.

Rebecca has partnered 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 has also assisted community and other stakeholders to draft legal and policy submissions to federal and state government inquiries, including the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act NSW; the Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence; the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996; the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into the Human Rights Act; and the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Elder Abuse inquiry.

Rebecca has also worked in-house in legal and compliance, in private practice in worker’s compensation and public liability matters and 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. She was an inaugural member of Baker’s McKenzie’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement committee. 

Rebecca appears on panels and in programs for young lawyers and law students on access to justice in the legal sector and social justice career pathways. She 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 currently sits on a Modern Slavery Advisory Board to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is a member of the Commonwealth Government's Forced Marriage Protection Order Consultation Group.

This information has been contributed by Ms Dominguez.

Qualifications

  • LLM University of Technology, Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Law

Contact

Email: R.Dominguez@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
(02) 9685 4788
02 9685 4788
Mobile:
Location: Parramatta1PSQ
1.2.14

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