Rebeca Dominguez

Rebecca Dominguez

Associate
Baker & McKenzie

Biography

Rebecca Dominguez is a lawyer with the Pro Bono Practice Group at Baker McKenzie. Before joining the Firm in 2016, Rebecca practiced as a criminal defence lawyer for indigenous clients, and disadvantaged and marginalised individuals. Rebecca has brought this advocacy expertise, and her experience in international human rights law and assisting not-for-profits to her legal practice at Baker McKenzie.

Practice Focus

Rebecca’s practice focuses on modern slavery, victims compensation, asylum seeker protection claims, family violence, elders law and other legal matters with a public interest or access to justice issues. As well as legally representing her own clients, Rebecca supervises and coordinates other lawyers within the Firm who take on pro bono cases and participate in projects and clinics established by her practice group. Rebecca also assists client organisations draft legal and policy submissions to federal and state government inquiries on social justice issues, and authors research papers on modern slavery, family violence, child trafficking and broader human rights.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acting for victims of human trafficking

  • Acting for victims of family and other violence in victim's compensation matters

  • Representing asylum seekers in their claims for protection and other access to justice matters

  • Working with self-represented litigants in the Federal Circuit Court on asylum seeker matters

  • Advising seniors on legal issues and legal rights

  • Acting for indigenous clients in civil actions against the State of New South Wales

  • Acting for individually referred clients in their pro bono matters

  • Research for Victorian Law Reform Commission's Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 Report

  • Research for client submission to the Queensland Parliament's Human Rights Act Inquiry

  • Research for client submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Elder Abuse Inquiry

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales - Member
  • Registered Migration Agent

Admissions

  • High Court of Australia~Australia (2016)
  • New South Wales~Australia (2009)

Education

  • University of Technology (MLLP (Hons))
  • University of Sydney (BA (Hons))
  • Research paper on introducing civil protections against the forced marriage of vulnerable young adults

  • Research paper on forced marriage, family violence and modern slavery

  • Legal factsheets for various clients on range of issues including child trafficking, seniors law, refugee claims and family violence

  • Contributor to the Client Management and Training Pro Bono Manual, published by the Australian Pro Bono Centre (2017)

Firm Committee Memberships

  • BakerBalance Committee – Member
  • Baker Indigenous Engagement Committee – Member
  • Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group – Member