Sandler became the head of the Foundation in June, replacing Robyn "Stormy" Peters who resigned from the post in November 2010 to work for the non-profit Mozilla Foundation.
The GNOME Foundation provides financial, legal and organisational support to the GNOME Desktop Project which was jointly founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena-Quintero in 1997.
A media release from the organisers of the LCA quoted Sandler as saying: "It's a critical time for software freedom and we as a society are making choices that we will live with for a very long time.
"I'm so excited to attend linux.conf.au and explore the important free and open source issues with the other speakers and attendees."
Sandler worked as general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Centre before she took up the post with the GNOME Foundation,
Before she joined the SFLC, she was employed by the legal firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London.
Sandler has studied law at Columbia Law School where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. She also has a bachelor's degree in engineering from The Cooper Union and is admitted to practice in New York state.
She is also an officer of the Software Freedom Conservancy.