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Chief Executive Officer
David is responsible for the delivery of EDO NSW's public interest environmental legal services. David joined EDO NSW in October 2017 after four years practising public interest environmental law in the Northern Territory as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer of EDONT.
At EDONT David had a broad environmental law practice which particularly focused on legal issues related to mining, gas, water and cultural heritage. David regularly acted for NGOs, community groups and Aboriginal traditional owners. Under David’s leadership EDONT clients achieved successful litigation outcomes in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal. At EDONT David played a leadership role in policy and law reform advocacy and taught various environment and planning law subjects at Charles Darwin University.
Prior to working in public interest environmental law at EDONT, David practised in various environmental law roles in private practice and with government in Victoria. David was a lawyer in the Maddocks Planning and Environment Team and a prosecutor with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. David has regularly appeared in courts and tribunals.
He has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.
Elaine joined EDO NSW in January 2011 as a Solicitor in the Sydney Office. She provides clients with advice and representation on a wide range of environmental legal issues, including administrative law, planning, pollution, biodiversity, mining and coal seam gas. Elaine has represented clients seeking better environmental outcomes through civil enforcement, such as the Delta and Macarthur Bushwalkers water pollution cases. She acted for Fullerton Cove residents in obtaining the first coal seam gas injunction in NSW and helped gain better environmental conditions for a coal mine in the Ashton merits appeal. Elaine also represented the Mackay Conservation Group in successfully overturning Federal approval of Australia’s largest coal mine, the Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.
Elaine holds a Bachelor of EnvMgmt/LLB (Hons) from Macquarie University and has worked as Associate Lecturer with Macquarie’s Centre for Environmental Law. Her other previous work includes as a solicitor in private practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, in government at the Office of Environment and Heritage and as the Environment Liaison Officer for combined environment groups. Elaine also spent 18 months volunteering with the Landowners’ Advocacy and Legal Support Unit at the Public Solicitor’s Office in the Solomon Islands.
Policy and Law Reform Director
Rachel Walmsley is the Policy and Law Reform Director at EDO NSW. She has over 15 years experience working on environmental law and policy in Australia and overseas. She has written extensive law reform submissions and discussion papers and advised governments and NGOs on a range of environmental law issues, including planning, natural resource management and biodiversity laws. Rachel is Co-Consulting Editor of the Australian Environment Review, a member of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL) and a member of IUCN – World Commission on Environmental Law. Rachel is also a legal advisor to the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and guest lectures in environmental law.
Rachel is a member of a number of government and non-government advisory committees on biodiversity, natural resource and environment issues. Previous work has included advising the peak environment groups of NSW on environmental legislation before the NSW parliament, undertaking research for the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (ACEL) at ANU in Canberra and conservation field work for a British conservation organisation in Tanzania and the UK. Rachel is a practising solicitor with a Masters in Environmental Science and Law from University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in international biodiversity law and a Bachelor of Arts from ANU.
Megan joined EDO NSW in August 2011. Her role involves management of EDO NSW’s Scientific Advisory Service, including the provision of in-house objective scientific advice to EDO NSW staff and our clients and using our Expert Register to source external scientific expertise for public interest legal matters.
Megan has a Bachelor of Science (natural resource management) from Macquarie University, a Master of Marine Science (fisheries management) from UNSW and a PhD on tourism impacts on humpback whales off Sydney and in Tonga from Macquarie University.
Megan has previously worked with Landcare Australia and on marine and fisheries issues, energy conservation and threatened species management.
Outreach Director - Community Programs
Jemilah joined EDO NSW in 2006 and is currently Outreach Director - Community Programs at the Sydney office. She is responsible for the development and delivery of the EDO NSW Outreach Program, which includes legal workshops, seminars, conferences and a range of plain English publications designed to educate the community about environmental laws and how they can be used to protect the environment. She advises the community on a wide range of planning and environmental law problems and has written extensively on topics such as planning, mining and private conservation. She also lectures in planning and environmental law at several universities throughout Sydney.
Outreach Director - Professional Programs
Emily joined EDO NSW in 2011. As Outreach Director - Professional Programs, Emily is responsible for the development and delivery of EDO NSW's legal and educational programs for environmental decision-makers, lawyers and other professionals. She provides clients with advice on wide-ranging environmental and planning law matters and lectures in environmental law, planning law, and sustainable energy law at a number of universities in NSW. Emily also leads our fundraising and events team.
Emily is admitted as a solicitor in NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Southern Cross University.
Emily is the Immediate Past President of NSW Young Lawyers, a Councillor on the Law Society of New South Wales Council and a member of the Society's Environmental Planning & Development Law Committee, and is an officer of the International Bar Association Environment, Health & Safety Law Committee. She has contributed to a number of textbooks on environmental and planning law.
Blake joined EDO NSW in April 2016. As Operations Director, she is responsible for the effective management of the operational aspects of the organisation, including governance, financial management, compliance, administration, human resources and provision of information and support to the CEO and Board.
Prior to working with EDO NSW, Blake was Business Operations Manager for Migration Support Programs, NSW, at Australian Red Cross. She also worked with PYXERA Global managing multi-million dollar international programs in Guatemala, Jamaica and Angola on supply chain development and the reinvestment of profits from natural resource extraction into community and local economic development. Blake holds an MA in International Service and Development from Roehampton University, UK, and an MA in Theoretical Linguistics from Northwestern University, USA.
Brendan joined EDO NSW in August 2015 as a Solicitor in the litigation team. Brendan provides clients with legal advice in relation to all aspects of state and federal environment and planning law and conducts environmental litigation primarily within the Land and Environment Court of NSW.
Before taking up his current role at EDO NSW, Brendan worked in corporate practice as a solicitor in the Planning & Environment group at Clayton Utz in Sydney.
Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Law (BA Comms/LLB) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Masters of Environmental Governance (MSc) from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has also commenced PhD studies with the University of Freiburg looking at illegal logging policy in South East Asia. Brendan volunteered and worked as a solicitor for EDO NSW for a period in 2014 and is a founding member of the award-winning sustainability science communication group, the Freiburg Scientific Theatre.
Brendan is also a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law.
Rana is part of EDO NSW’s litigation team working on environmental, administrative and other civil enforcement proceedings, in both Federal and State jurisdictions. She also provides legal advice and representation to groups and individuals seeking to protect their local communities, water sources and biodiversity from the impacts of coal mining and coal seam gas development.
Rana joined the EDOs of Australia in October 2013 as an advice and law reform solicitor at EDO Qld, specialising in legislative protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Prior to joining EDO Qld, Rana practised as a solicitor in native title, as well as in private practice in corporate and commercial litigation. Rana holds degrees in Laws (Honours, QUT) and Arts (UQ).
Rana is a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
Senior Policy and Law Reform Solicitor
Nari joined EDO NSW in March 2011 as Acting Policy Director and has had a permanent role as Policy and Law Reform Solicitor since April 2012. Nari works with EDO NSW colleagues and Environmental Defenders Offices of Australia to promote good environmental regulation. He assists community and environment groups and State and federal government agencies with policy and law reform advice. This includes writing submissions, discussion papers, legal advice and briefing notes in areas such as planning and development law, mining law, biodiversity protection and climate change and energy.
Nari has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) from Macquarie University, Sydney, and is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales. Prior to joining EDO NSW, Nari was a Deputy Director of Policy at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. He has also worked with the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (a native title representative body) and LawAccess NSW (State Attorney-General's Department).
Dr Emma Carmody
Policy and Law Reform Solicitor
Emma joined the law reform team in 2011. She has particular expertise in water law and policy, treaty implementation in Australia, administrative law and constitutional law. Her work for EDO NSW includes provision of legal advice, assisting with litigation, writing submissions responding to government inquiries and appearing before parliamentary committees.
Prior to joining EDO NSW, Emma worked as an independent consultant, collaborating with NGOs and government departments to improve environmental policy. She also has several years experience as an in-house environment and planning lawyer at both local and State government levels.
Emma studied Arts/Law at the University of NSW, where she was awarded the Stephen Seidler Memorial Prize for the Best Achievement in Environmental Law. She went on to obtain a BA (Hons 1) in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney, followed by a Diploma in Advanced Written French (Equivalent Hons 1) from the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. She holds a doctorate in Creative Writing (English/French) awarded by the University of Adelaide.
Emma was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2003. She is a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust.
International Programs Coordinator
BJ is the International Programs Coordinator at EDO NSW. He is responsible for developing and delivering EDO NSW’s International Program. The International Program is focused on building the capacity of environmental lawyers across the Asia-Pacific. This involves providing partner organisations with training, technical advice and support (in the areas of litigation, policy and law reform, outreach, governance and scientific advice) and links to regional and international environmental networks.
BJ graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and is admitted as a lawyer in NSW.
Before taking up the International Programs role, BJ was a Solicitor with EDO NSW’s litigation team for two years, worked in corporate practice and was also an adviser on an AusAID-funded project in the Attorney-General's Department in Papua New Guinea.
Meg joined EDO NSW in September 2017 as a Solicitor in the litigation team. She provides legal advice to individuals and groups on a wide range of environmental law matters, including planning, pollution, heritage protection and biodiversity. She also represents community groups in public interest environmental law cases in the Land and Environment Court of NSW.
Before taking up her role at EDO NSW, Meg worked for a small law firm on the south coast of NSW and worked as a plaintiff lawyer, primarily representing individuals in the Dust Diseases Tribunal of NSW. She has regularly appeared in the Tribunal as well as in the Local, District and Supreme Courts of NSW.
Meg was admitted to legal practice in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University. She is an active volunteer for a number of animal protection organisations, including the Animal Law Institute, where she assists as a volunteer solicitor. Meg has published an article in the Australian Animal Protection Law Journal and is also a member of the NSW Young Lawyers Environment and Planning Law and Animal Law Committees.
Nina joined EDO NSW in January 2014 as the Outreach Solicitor in the Northern Rivers office. She delivers community legal education and other legal services to rural and regional NSW, including workshops, seminars and publications. She also provides clients in the region with advice on various environment and planning law matters.
Nina was admitted to legal practice in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws as well as a Master of Laws from the University of Queensland.
Nina previously worked as a litigation lawyer for the Queensland Department of Environment. She also has experience in private practice and native title law and spent a year in Samoa as the Environmental Compliance Officer with the Samoan Ministry of National Resources and Environment in 2012. Nina served as a member of the EDO Qld Management Committee for three years.
Nina is on the NSW Young Lawyers Environment and Planning Law Committee.
Belinda joined EDO NSW in 2011 as a Solicitor in the litigation team. She provides clients with advice on a wide range of environmental legal issues, including planning, pollution, administrative law, mining and coal seam gas. She also represents community groups in public interest environmental law cases, in both federal and State jurisdictions.
Belinda holds an LLB (Hons) from University of New England and a Masters in International Environmental Law from Macquarie University. Belinda previously worked in a private practice specialising in local government and planning law and as Associate to Justice Talbot of the Land and Environment Court. She has also worked as a volunteer solicitor at Kingsford Legal Centre.
Belinda’s main area of interest is climate change law, particularly mitigation of sea level rise and carbon pricing.
Belinda is currently on the Management Committee of the Total Environment Centre.
Solicitor – on parental leave
Kira Levin joined EDO NSW in November 2014. She is EDO NSW’s criminal law expert. Kira coordinates a community-funded legal service providing advice and representation to environmental campaigners charged with offences arising out of their involvement in non-violent direct actions. She regularly appears in sentencing and defended hearings in Local Courts across NSW as well as District Court Appeals. Her role also involves assisting individuals and community groups with complaints against law enforcement bodies, providing advice and representation in civil proceedings and helping community members to understand their rights.
Kira holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from La Trobe University. Throughout her legal career Kira has worked within the community sector and contributed to providing legal services which aim to assist people to understand and protect their legal rights. Prior to moving to NSW and joining EDO NSW, Kira worked as a lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid and at a Community Legal Centre in the outer western suburbs of Melbourne.
EDO NSW is supported by an outstanding operational team.