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Law Seminar Series

The JCU Law Seminar Series invites Legal Practitioners to present on a range of legal topics, with many showcasing some of the important and interesting work being carried out in the North Queensland region.

Social Justice as a Superpower

With Julie Mason , North Queensland Women's Legal Service
Discover social justice principles and real-life experiences from Julie Mason, a JCU Alumni and Solicitor at Nth Qld Women’s Legal Service.
Monday 5 February 2024, 10.00am - 11.00am

Dying with Dignity

With Dr Lea Merone , Cairns & Hinterland Hospital
Discover the profound implications of QLD's new Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation in this engaging presentation by Dr. Lea Merone.
Friday 23 February 2024, 10.00am - 11.00am

The McBride Whistle-blower Trial

With Major David McBride , Lawyer, Writer & Public Speaker
Whistle-blower David McBride shares his firsthand account of the legal aspects of his ongoing trial.
Thursday 29 February 2024, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Insights Into Multicultural Mediation

With Amiel Nubaha , Comprehensive Mediation Services
Principal Mediator Amiel Nubaha, shares insights and strategies into mediation across diverse cultural backgrounds.
Thursday 21 March 2024, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Hope After Hurt: A Legal Journey

With Matthew Wicks , Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Matthew Wicks, Associate at Maurice Blackburn shares what it takes to secure treatment and compensation for those facing personal injury.
Monday 25 March 2024, 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Actors vs AI: Exploring Copyright Law

With Karnika Bansal , James Cook University
JCU Law Lecturer Karnika Bansal discusses the ever-growing complexities of Generative AI and Copyright Law in the entertainment industry.
Friday 5 April 2024, 11.00am - 12.00pm

A Legal Lens on Diversity

With Tilé Imo & Olamide Kowalik , Tilé & Olly Meets Podcast
Tilé Imo & Olamide Kowalik (Olly) share their Legal Lens on Diversity, based from their popular legal podcast, “Tilé and Olly Meets".
Monday 27 May 2024, 10.00am – 11.00am

Family Law in Focus

With Toni Bell & Jade Coshaw , Legal Aid Queensland
Legal Aid Queensland’s Toni Bell & Jade Coshaw will offer an overview of the Family Law System, including the role and importance of Independent Children's Lawyers and an exploration of the role of Legal Aid Queensland providing Family Law services in remote and regional areas.
Thursday 6 June 2024, 10.00am - 11.00am

Advocating Change for Rwanda

With Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza , Development and Liberation for All (DALFA)
Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Rwandan political prisoner and activist to discusses judicial and political reform in Rwanda.
Thursday 13th June, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Keeping the Peace

With Mathai Joshi , Connolly Suthers Lawyers
Mathai Joshi, Associate at Connelly Suthers Lawyers will discuss a broad summary of the Criminal Law in Queensland with a particular focus on the specialist DV Court.
Friday 21 June, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Mayday! Mayday!

With Dr Michael Underdown , Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Join Dr. Michael Underdown, Senior Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute (JCU), for an engaging presentation on Maritime and Port Law.
Tuesday 9 July, 10.00am - 11.00am

Pioneering Prison Abolition

With Debbie Kilroy OAM , Sisters Inside and Kilroy & Callaghan Lawyers
Debbie Kilroy OAM shares her turbulent journey with the prison system and her trailblazing work to abolish it.
Tuesday 16 July, 11.00am - 12.00pm

Examining Medical Negligence

With Laura Neil , Endeavour Chambers
Join Barrister Laura Neil, for an insightful presentation on the legal options available when pursuing a medical negligence claim.
Thursday 25 July, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Law & Mental Health: Remote Insights

With Diane Godfrey , Lawyer & JCU Alumni
Lawyer & JCU Alumni Diane Godfrey shares her firsthand experience of practicing in Remote communities and how to manage your mental health.
Thursday 1 August 2024, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Reimagining Justice

With Michael Murray , Townsville Community Legal
Michael Murray presents on high-profile coronial inquests in Queensland, exploring human rights and coronial jurisdiction reform.
Thursday 3 August 2023, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Insights Into Commercial Practice

With Lucas Hickey , Creevey Horrell Lawyers
Lucas Hickey, Senior Associate at CreeveyHorrell Lawyers shares insights into the practical and legal considerations of commercial practice.
Tuesday 15 August 2023, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Get Your Governance On

With Rebekha Sharkie, MP , Federal Member for Mayo
Rebekha Sharkie MP, long standing representative of Mayo, South Australia shares her passion and experiences for effective governance.
Monday 21st August 2023, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Restorative Justice as a Secret Weapon

With Filitsa Kounias , James Cook University
Filitsa Kounias, JCU Law Lecturer delves into Restorative Justice principles and practices within the captivating realm of Youth Justice.
Monday 28 August 2023, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Queensland's Historic Milestone

With Commissioner C'Zarke Maza , Office of the Commissioner Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa
Commissioner C’Zarke Maza presents on the ground-breaking cultural recognition of Torres Strait Islander traditional child rearing practice.
Tuesday 5 September 2023, 10.00am-11.00am

Animal Law and the United Nations

With Paul Tweddell , Global Animal Law GAL Association
Paul Tweddell from Global Animal Law (GAL) discusses the growing area of Animal Law and the need for a UN convention on Animal Protection.
Tuesday 12 September 2023, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Unlock Your Advocacy

With Dan Rogers , Robertson O'Gorman
Dan Rogers, Principal of Robertson O'Gorman Solicitors explores the value of effective advocacy for your clients and your community.
Monday 18 September, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Mabo, Native Title & The Voice

With Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen , Barrister (Retired), Writer & Activist
Renowned retired barrister, writer, and activist Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen shares with us his captivating journey & insights on Mabo, Native Title and the Voice.
Tuesday 17 October 2023, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Justice for Robodebt

With Justin Greggery KC , 31 Sturt Chambers
Justin Greggery KC, shares his journey and experiences as the head lawyer leading the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme.
Thursday 26 October 2023, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

The Other Side of Crime

With Helen Armitage , Legal Aid Qld
Legal Aid Qld’s Senior Principal Lawyer, Helen Armitage, discusses the prevalent legal issues surrounding youth crime and domestic violence, as well as sharing her personal journey as a criminal lawyer.
Tuesday 28 February 2023, 5pm - 6pm

From JCU to the United Nations

With Bill Mitchell , Townsville Community Legal
Dr Mitchell discusses his journey from law student, and one of JCU's first law graduates, to human rights advocacy work in the United Nations.
Tuesday 7 March 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Battle of the Brands

With Donna Patane , Dripl Legal
IP Law expert Donna Patane will share with us her journey, what IP law involves and some examples of cases she has had, specifically trademark disputes, where often she is acting for David's against Goliaths.
Tuesday 14 March 2023, 12pm - 1pm

The Planning & Environment Court

With Dan Morton , wilson/ryan/grose
Dan Morton, Partner at wilson/ryan/grose shares with us his professional journey and helps us understand and explore matters that arise in the Planning and Environment Court.
Monday 20 March 2023, 12pm – 1pm

The Ups & Downs of a Criminal Lawyer

With Simon Bright , ATSILS
Simon Bright, currently Regional Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service in Cairns shares his experiences working as a Criminal lawyer in Government, Private Practice and Not for Profit.
Thursday 30 March 2023, 3pm-4pm

A Game of Torts – Winter is Coming

With Sarah Singh , Slater & Gordon
Sarah Singh, Senior Associate at Slater and Gordon talks about the ever-changing world of Tort Law, discusses her own experiences from law student to what it’s like to work for a National firm.
Tuesday 4 April 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Beware of What You ‘Share’

With Dr Louise Floyd , JCU
Dr Louise Floyd helps us navigate the new developments in Employment Law and discusses the legal do’s and don'ts of entering the workforce including afterhours conduct and social media. She also touches on AI & work, changes to the law on enterprise bargaining, bullying, harassment and discrimination.
Thursday 27 April 2023, 2pm – 3pm

Law As a Service

With Mark Fenlon , Qld Police Service
Mark Fenlon Senior Prosecutor for the Queensland Police Service shares with us through his own personal experiences how engaging in different service opportunities will help you build your legal career.
Tuesday 2 May 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Privacy & Data Law

With Andrew Hynd , Holding Redlich
Andrew Hynd, Partner at Holding Redlich shares his professional journey in the private sector as well as insights and experience with Privacy & Data Law.
Tuesday 9 May 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Fear and Failure

With Merissa Martinez , Paloma Chambers
Barrister and JCU Alumni, Merissa Martinez talks about the importance of stepping out of comfort zones into growth, what we can learn from our own failures and the "failure" of cases, doctrines and movements, as society and law progresses and changes.
Tuesday 16 May 2023, 12:30pm – 1:30pm