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Webinar: Resilience for ICLs

Thursday 28 July 2022

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Independent Children’s Lawyers face unique challenges and stressors. Resilience is a critical skill to safeguard our mental health and ensure we remain effective. This webinar will focus on:

  • Tips on self-care for ICLs in a virtual world
  • How to deal with self-represented litigants and difficult lawyers
  • Keeping the child at the centre of the work
  • Boundary setting for the role and for the file.

About the presenters

Chair: Brigid Jenkins, Acting Associate Director, Family Law Services, Victoria Legal Aid

Brigid Jenkins is the Acting Associate Director of Family Law Services at Victoria Legal Aid. Brigid is an experienced ICL and is a member of the Children’s Committee of the Family Law Courts. Brigid has also been a Registrar of the Family Court of Australia.

Morgana Lord, Psychologist, Circle Psychology

Morgana is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). She has experience working as a psychologist across a variety of settings including education, drug and alcohol, employment, and family law, providing both assessment and counselling services to children, adults and families. Morgana has predominantly worked with separated parents to assist in developing appropriate parenting arrangements in the best interests of their children. Morgana has previously worked as a Family Consultant with the Family Law Courts and established her own practice in 2007 and regularly conducts family reports as well as counselling services.

Kristy Hams, Principal lawyer, Southern Family Law

Kristy holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Legal Studies (Criminology) with Honours, and was admitted to practice in 1998. She has been practising predominantly in family law since 1999.

Kristy has been employed in rural, suburban and city firms gaining extensive experience in all areas pertinent to the practice of Family Law, including Criminal Law, Crimes Family Violence, Child Protection matters, Civil Litigation and Property Law. Kristy started her own firm Southern Family Law in August 2007.

Kristy completed ICL training in 2008 and has been appointed to the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers since that time. Kristy is regularly appointed by the Court in complex matters of child Abduction and Relocation and Magellan List matters.

Christine Lovell-Jones, Solicitor in Charge Family Law at Legal Aid NSW

Christine Lovell-Jones has 20 years’ experience as a family law practitioner. Christine is an accredited specialist in family law, and a FDRP accredited with the Attorney General’s Department and her practice at NSW Legal Aid primarily involves complex parenting matters as an Independent Children’s Lawyer. Christine has recently returned from a six-month stint with the FCFCOA as a Judicial Registrar with the newly merged courts.