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

Name Position
Chair – The Hon Justice Robson Supreme Court of Victoria
The Hon Justice David Ashley Court of Appeal , Supreme Court of Victoria
Jenni Lightowlers Deputy Chancellor and University Council Partner – FAL Lawyers
Leigh Johns Commissioner – Fair Work Australia
Dr Josh Wilson QC QC Victorian Bar, Melbourne
Will Alstergen QC and President – Victorian Bar Council
Jim Rutherford Member – Geelong Law Association
Dan Simmonds Director – Harwood Andrews
Paul Sokolowski Partner – Arnold Bloch Leibler
Philip Catania Partner – Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Duncan Travis Partner – Allens Arthur Robinson
John Pesutto MP Shadow Attorney

Internal members

Name Position
Dr Dale Holt Director of Teaching
Associate Professor Julie Clarke Director, Juris Doctor
Professor Samantha Hepburn Director of Research
Dr John Morss Director of LLB
Helen Wood Law Librarian

Graduate representative

Name Position
Kate Henderson Associate, Norton Rose Australia

Student representatives

Name Position
Joshua Lim President, Deakin Law Students Society, Geelong and Warrnambool
Brewer Nicholas President, Deakin Law Students Society, Burwood
Rangi Vickers Vice-President (Education), Deakin Law Students Society, Burwood
Lai Jordan Director of Education, Deakin Law Students Society, Burwood


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