Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
- Human rights lawyer, Lawyer and Solicitor
Heidi Yates is Head of General Practice at Legal Aid ACT, a position she has held since 2015. A well-known solicitor and human-rights advocate, Heidi has been appointed to roles including Executive Director of the ACT Women's Legal Centre, advisor to the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner and a Clinical Education Convenor at the ANU College of Law.
Heidi's professional reputation is well-established at a national level as an advocate for the development and funding of free legal services across Australia (particularly for victims of family violence) and as a trailblazer in gender-related law reform.
Heidi has also been a spokesperson and advocate at a local and federal level for the removal of legislative discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. She has undertaken this work through roles including spokesperson for the community law reform group 'Good Process' and as the inaugural chair of the ACT LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council.
After just two years of practice, her work was recognised when she won the ACT Law Society's Young Lawyer Award in 2008. In 2011, Heidi was also a state finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards.
Please click 'Details' below to read a reflective essay written by Heidi Yates for the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project.