Law Advisory Board

Meeting twice a year, the Law Advisory Board gives advice on course and discipline development, new courses and revisions to existing courses. 

The board also helps to set up opportunities for industry-based placements, staff consultancy and developing applied research.

Advising the School of Law

The Law Advisory Board gives the school advice on:

  • its courses and units, including the development of new courses or units
  • teaching and learning, including using online, distance education, or flexible delivery methods
  • the skills, knowledge and attributes required 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
  • other matters, as appropriate.

Composition and members

Our Executive Dean and Faculty Board appoint members for three years (renewable for one further three-year term). The board is made up of: 

  • external members: at least three representatives of the employer groups or professions that employ graduates from the School of Law 
  • graduates: a graduate from the school 
  • internal members: the Executive Dean or Head of the Law School, a course or discipline Coordinator and a student enrolled in law
  • a Secretary from the School of Law 
  • a Chair who is external to Deakin and regarded highly in law.

External members

Chair – The Hon Justice RobsonSupreme Court of Victoria
The Hon Justice David AshleyCourt of Appeal , Supreme Court of Victoria
Will AlstergenQC and President – Victorian Bar Council
Jim RutherfordMember – Geelong Law Association
Dan SimmondsDirector – Harwood Andrews
Paul SokolowskiPartner – Arnold Bloch Leibler
Philip CataniaPartner – Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Duncan TravisPartner – Allens Arthur Robinson
John Pesutto MPShadow Attorney

Internal members

Jenni Lightowlers Dean of Law and Head of School
Dr Nicole Siller Director, Research
Ben Saunders Director of LLB
Dr Karen Powell Director of Teaching
Tanim Bari Director, Juris Doctor
Christian Chamorro-Courtland Director, LLM
Michelle Bendall Law Librarian

Student representatives

Name Position
Erin RichiePresident, Deakin Law Students Society, Burwood
Tanner ReddenPresident, Deakin Law Students Society, Geelong and Warrnambool


Name Position
Simone Lee Administrative Officer, Academic Programs and Governance
Jacqui O'Leary Administrative Officer, Academic Programs and Governance