Sophie York was called to the Bar in 1995 and has since engaged in numerous legal panels, research positions and as a contributing member of associations, devoting her time, energy and professional knowledge to many causes.
Since 1999, Sophie has been pivotal in conflict resolution as a mediator for LEADR (Lawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution). She has also been a voice for women’s rights and human rights through Collective Shout and the Benenson Society.
As a Naval Legal Officer, Sophie has drafted indemnities for the Commonwealth government and provided written advice to the Federal Defence Minister on matters including risk exposure and liability of the government. She has appeared in Courts-Martial, Boards of Inquiry and Defence Force Magistrate Trials as a member of the Naval Legal Reserve Panel, and served as its Executive Officer in 2005.
In the aftermath of the Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami, Sophie chronicled the Australian relief effort in Banda Aceh. Her book ‘Angels of Aceh – The compelling story of Operation Tsunami Assist was published by Allen & Unwin in 2005.
Sophie’s leadership skills have been evident on many occasions, and in particular, when she co-organised a 5000 strong anti-corruption demonstration outside Parliament House in 2009. During the same year and the following, Sophie committed herself to the Ku-ring-gai Residents’ Alliance, a citizens’ action group seeking to prevent the destruction of Australia’s architectural, environmental and cultural heritage in the North Shore area.
In 2011, Sophie supported a Funding Petition for palliative care tabled in New South Wales Parliament.
Sophie continues to contribute to various causes and associations. To see what she is currently involved in, click here.