Nina Vallins started working with Angela Sdrinis Legal in August 2016, having previously worked as a Judge’s Associate in the County Court and with another personal injury law firm. She was admitted as a lawyer in February 2018. She represents survivors of institutional abuse, particularly former wards of the State, and residents of the Ballarat Children’s Home and St Luke’s Home. Nina also represents clients in Sentencing Act Applications for compensation. Nina also has a particular interest in police liability in negligence for failing to protect victims of family violence and has published on this topic.
Prior to studying law, Nina worked in community and international development, particularly with women in the sex industry and in the promotion of women’s rights. Nina was the Executive Director of Project Respect from 2007 - 2010, where she led successful advocacy campaigns, including reforms in immigration law to better protect victims of people trafficking.
Nina has completed an Arts (Honours) degree in anthropology and French; a Masters of Social Science and Planning; and a Juris Doctor Degree. Whilst a law student, Nina was shortlisted for Law Student of the Year in the 2017 Victorian Legal Awards; and won the Michael Taussig QC Family Law Essay Award (2016), a Monash Law Achievement Award (2016) and the Blackwood Family Lawyers Prize for Principles of Family Law (2015). Nina was awarded an internship with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in 2015.
Nina is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Australian Lawyers Alliance and Liberty Victoria.