Firm appoints experienced social justice head

28 March 2017 By Tom Lodewyke
Jennifer Kanis

Maurice Blackburn has appointed a former teacher and politician as its new head of social justice.

The firm announced on Monday that it has hired Jennifer Kanis (pictured) as a senior associate and the new head of its social justice practice.


She replaced principal Jacob Varghese, who formerly led the firm’s social justice practice and will move into the role of CEO in April.

Ms Kanis has diverse experience, having worked as an industrial lawyer, a teacher and a Labor MP in the Victorian Parliament. She was most recently the director of advocacy and campaigns at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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“Jennifer joins Maurice Blackburn as an accomplished lawyer and advocate with valuable experience in policy and community development as a parliamentarian,” said Maurice Blackburn chairman Steve Walsh.

“She has a long history of standing up for those less fortunate, which is central to the values of Maurice Blackburn.”

Ms Kanis said the new role unites her passions for the law, advocacy and politics.

“I’m looking forward to returning to the world of legal practice, and working to ensure Maurice Blackburn continues as Australia’s leading social justice law firm.”

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