Law Advisory Board

Timing and Purpose

  • The purpose of School of Law Advisory Board is to provide advice on the development of a course, or discipline, on new courses and on revisions to existing courses and to ensure that relevant links are established with the communities that inform the course portfolio of the University. Advisory Boards may also work to establish opportunities for industry-based placements, staff consultancy and the development of applied research.
  • The School of Law Advisory Board meets twice a year.


  • Members are appointed to an Advisory Board by the Faculty Board on the advice of the Pro Vice-Chancellor.  The term of appointment of members will be three years, renewable for one further term of three years. Approval must be sought from the Faculty Board before members are appointed.
  • Chair: A person external to the University of standing in one of the professions relevant to the course or discipline.


  • External: Normally, at least three representatives of the employer groups or professions that employ graduates from the course or of the discipline.
  • Graduates: A graduate from the course or relevant discipline.
  • Internal: The Pro Vice-Chancellor or Head of School in which the course, or discipline, is offered; a Course or discipline Coordinator; and a student enrolled in the course or discipline.
  • Secretary: From the School of Law.

Terms of Reference

To provide advice to the School on all aspects of:

  • the courses and units taught by the School including the development of new courses, or units
  • teaching and learning, including teaching and learning using on-line, distance education, or flexible delivery methods
  • the skills, knowledge and attributes sought by the employers of graduates who complete courses, or units, taught by the School
  • research, including opportunities for securing research funding
  • the development by the School of the disciplines it embraces
  • industry links and placements
  • consultancy opportunities
  • such other matters as the School deems appropriate.


The School is grateful for the contribution of the external and representative members of the Advisory Board:

External Members Position
Chair - The Hon Justice Robson Supreme Court of Victoria
The Hon Justice David Ashley Court of Appeal , Supreme Court of Victoria
Ms Jenni Lightowlers Deputy Chancellor and University Council
Partner - FAL Lawyers
Mr Leigh Johns Commissioner - Fair Work Australia
Dr Josh Wilson QC QC Victorian Bar, Melbourne
Mr Will Alstergen QC and President -  Victorian Bar Council
Mr Jim Rutherford Member – Geelong Law Association
Ms Julie Hobbs Transport Accident Commission
Mr Dan Simmonds Director – Harwood Andrews
Mr Paul Sokolowski Partner – Arnold Bloch Leibler
Mr Philip Catania Partner - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Mr Duncan Travis Partner - Allens Arthur Robinson
Graduate Representative 
Ms Kate Henderson Associate - Norton Rose Australia
Internal MembersSchool/Area
Professor Mirko Bagaric Dean and Head of School
Dr Dale Holt Director of Teaching
Ass Prof Julie Clarke Director, Juris Doctor
Professor Samantha Hepburn Director of Research
Ms Helen Wood Law Librarian
Student Representatives 

President, Deakin Law Students Society, Geelong and Warrnambool

President, Deakin Law Students Society, Burwood

Vice-President (Education), Deakin Law Students Society, Burwood
Ms Simone Lee and
Ms Jacqui O'Leary
Administrative Coordinator (Academic Programs)
Page custodian: Faculty of Business & Law
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