- Launceston, Tasmania
- Barrister, Lawyer, Magistrate, Senior Counsel and Solicitor
Magistrate Tamara Jago (appointed to the bench in 2016) holds the distinction of being the first woman in Tasmania to be made Senior Counsel. Honoured by the 2010 achievement, she understood her promotion to be an important one for Tasmanian women, but also believed it went a long way to dispelling the myth that Legal Aid lawyers are 'second rate options'. Furthermore, having spent the bulk of her career working as a Legal Aid lawyer in north-western Tasmania, she believed her appointment proved there was talent in regional centres, and that moving to big cities in order to 'make it' wasn't always necessary. Taking silk while working as a Legal Aid Lawyer in regional Tasmania, was 'something special,' said Jago, the mother of three young children. 'At Legal Aid there are criminal lawyers that are just as good as anyone else or better.'
Tamara Jago was interviewed by Nikki Henningham in the Trailblazing Women and the Law Oral History Project. For details of the interview see the National Library of Australia CATALOGUE RECORD.