Sarah Schwartz


Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

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Sarah Schwartz (BA LLB LLM) is a lawyer and writer focusing on the harms of police and prisons, Aboriginal deaths in custody and rebellious and movement lawyering.

Sarah manages the Wirraway Practice at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and represents clients in the areas of police accountability, the rights of people in prison and coronial inquests into Aboriginal deaths in custody. Most recently, she acted in the Inquest into the Passing of Veronica Marie Nelson. Sarah is committed to learning from and walking alongside her clients and supporting their fight for systemic change, accountability, and justice.

Sarah has published and presented on the harms of privatised prison healthcare, accountability for Aboriginal deaths in custody, police accountability, and the criminalisation of Aboriginal children in state residential care.

Sarah was awarded a John Monash Scholarship in 2020 and completed a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School focusing on policing, prisons and movement lawyering. Sarah is also the co-founder of Rebellious Lawyers Australia.

Sarah has taught the subject Administrative Law in 2022 and will be co-teaching the clinical subject Indigenous Legal Advocacy Clinic in 2023.