Practice area(s): Social justice
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): LLB (Hons) BCA

Jacinta Lewin is Special Counsel in the social justice practice of Maurice Blackburn's Melbourne office. She is also the current Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Human Rights Committee. Jacinta holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She joined Maurice Blackburn in 2009.

Jacinta is passionate about using the law to create change and achieve meaningful outcomes for her clients. She enjoys making the law accessible and meaningful for everyday people.

Her main practice areas are human rights, administrative law and strategic litigation. She has a particular expertise in federal workers’ compensation schemes and she was previously the National Practice Manager of the Maurice Blackburn's Comcare Practice. In 2016 she took a 12 month leave of absence to work at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission as a senior legal advisor.

Jacinta's combination of experience, skill and empathy is evident in the consistency of results she gets. She has litigated numerous successful cases in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. She has also led legal interventions under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act during her time working at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

As a human rights lawyer and federal workers' compensation expert, Jacinta is constantly advocating for outcomes that help people access their fundamental rights. Her work has a strategic focus on achieving systemic outcomes in complex areas of law. She is a tenacious advocate.

"I am drawn to working within challenging legal areas where high quality practitioners are needed to test the boundaries of the law. It is important to me to ensure my clients access their full rights,” says Jacinta.

“Whether we are working with issues of discrimination, gender equity or workers’ compensation it is important that we work hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for the clients. I am incredibly fortunate to work on cases that can create long lasting change, not just for the client at the centre of the case, but also for our community.”

Jacinta's recent cases have involved acting for refugees and asylum seekers in urgent injunctions to obtain medical care; supporting women’s reproductive rights when acting for the Fertility Control Clinic in the recent High Court Challenge to Safe Access Zone laws (Clubb v Edwards and Anor [2019] HCA 11), advising AFLW players on their employment rights and challenging irresponsible lending practices.

Jacinta also actively works in the policy space and has written various policy submissions in her time at Maurice Blackburn.

“Access to justice also means looking at systemic issues and how litigation works with policy and advocacy initiatives to create longstanding change that improves the lives of people in our community. ” Jacinta notes. 

Jacinta holds a number of leadership position within and outside of the firm. She was the founding Co-Chair of the Maurice Blackburn Cultural Diversity Committee and worked in this role for 6 years. She is passionate about her clients, collaboration with others and social justice.

Memberships & accreditations

  • Chair, Law Institute of Victoria Human Rights Committee
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia Federal Litigation and Refugee Law Section
  • Maurice Blackburn’s Cultural Diversity Group founding Co-Chair

Awards

  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Pro Bono Program of the Year 2018
  • Maurice Blackburn Rising Star Award 2015