Judge Ann Ainslie-Wallace
The Honourable Justice Ann Margaret Ainslie-Wallace was appointed to the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia in July 2010. Her Honour was previously a serving senior judge of the District Court of NSW. While at the bar her principal area of practice concerned Family Law and Children’s law. She also had an extensive practice for the NSW State Government appearing as Counsel representing the State Government and Counsel assisting Inquiries and Inquests. Her Honour is a Deputy Chair of the NSW Medical Tribunal and a Director of the Board of the Australian Advocacy Institute and is a member of the Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Board and the Chair of the Law Society’s Advocacy Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee.
At UTS Her Honour has taught a special elective in Trial Advocacy.
Mr Lee Aitken
Lee Aitken is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong where he teaches commercial law, insolvency, equity and trusts, and banking law. Lee Aitken has practised extensively as a lawyer in both Australia and overseas and writes frequently on commercial law topics. He is also a part time consultant with Mallesons Stephen Jaques and is teaching at UTS in important subjects commercial and finance subjects for our postgraduate and Business programs. Lee Aitken is Deputy Director of the Asian Institute of International personal property and commercial transactions. He has published over 60 refereed articles in journals in Australia and overseas.
Dr Jeffery Fitzgerald
Early in his career Jeff was associate to Menzies J in the High Court of Australia and later held executive positions in academia, university administration, the legal profession and government, including high-level posts in the Federal Attorney-General’s Department and in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in Victoria. He retired from UTS in 2007 after serving as Registrar for ten years, and was previously Dean of Social Sciences at La Trobe. Jeff is writing a book on the influence of the High Court in recent decades, and has an interest in the Faculty’s social justice programs.
Hon Justice Ian Harrison
Ian G Harrison was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2007. His Honour is known as a ‘thought leader’ in the legal profession and has presided over many controversial cases and heated debates. His commitment to human rights and the rule of law is well known and as a leader of the NSW Bar he was influential in a number of debates surrounding the incarceration without due process of David Hicks. Justice Harrison has an interest in depression and mental health issues in the legal profession, and has served as Chairman and Director of the Neuroscience Institute for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders. He was also Assistant Commissioner to the ICAC and has been Director of the Law Council of Australia, a member of the Legal Practitioners’ Admission Board and has had a long involvement with the NSW Bar Association.
Hon John Hatzistergos
Hon John Hatzistergos came to UTS as an adjunct professor in 2011, shortly after stepping down as Attorney General for NSW since 2007, having held other key ministerial positions in NSW Parliament up to that time. He had previously been a Barrister since 1989 and a Senior Legal Officer with Commonwealth DPP 1987 - 1989. Mr Hatzistergos is known for his sponsorship of equal opportunity for women and along with many policy changes in law and order, during his term as Attorney-General of NSW recidivism was reduced, and in the social policy area he was closely involved with legislation in areas such as same-sex adoption and surrogacy. He teaches in Constitution Law in the compulsory core of the UTS law degree.
The Hon David Levine AO RFD QC
David Levine retired as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2005. He is an expert in defamation law and has a significant reputation for law reform and in criminal law. He is Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Council. Professor Levine has had an active involvement in the community service aspect of law and served for a decade as Chair of the Board of the Arts Law Centre of Australia. At UTS David Levine has contributed to teaching in defamation law, media law and criminal law and is a Research Associate of the Communications Law Centre, as well as being a member of the panel of Chairs of the University Student Misconduct Appeals Committee.
The Hon KE Lindgren AM, QC
Kevin Lindgren retired from the Federal Court of Australia in February 2010 following a distinguished career where became known as one of the intellectual leaders of the Federal Court, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, equity and commercial law. Prior to his appointment to the Bench in 1994 Justice Lindgren was successively a solicitor, academic (Professor and Foundation Head of the Department of Law at the University of Newcastle) barrister and Queen’s Counsel at the Sydney Bar. Between 2000-2007 Justice Lindgren was President of the Copyright Tribunal. Professor Lindgren has expertise in areas relating -to the postgraduate program, particularly in the LLM and MIP degrees which have a number of IP subjects. As an experienced author and researcher he is also in a position to assist colleagues in developing their research profiles, and take part in supervision of research students .
The Hon Justice Robert McDougall
Justice McDougall was appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2003, having previously been recognised as one of Sydney’s leading QCs in commercial law. In his 28 years at the bar he was said to be a ‘guru’ of the Consumer Credit Code and had a leading role in some very significant cases including those dealing with insolvency. As a judge he has presided over some of the most notable financial services and insurance cases to come to the Supreme Court of NSW. He currently sits in the Commercial and Technology and Construction lists, which between them deal with much of the significant commercial litigation in Australia. His Honour endeavours, in such cases, to harness technology to save time and costs, and assist in dealing with a mass of evidence in a practical and ultimately just manner. His Honour is regarded with ‘great gratitude and respect’ by the Bar Association for work in relation to ethics and professional discipline. Justice McDougall is an active conference presenter and has published a number of articles, on topics including; privilege against self-incrimination, injunctions, other aspects of evidence law and professional ethics. Justice McDougall has contributed to the teaching in Equity and Ethics and Professional Conduct in the Faculty.
The Hon Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore retired from the Family Court in 2009 where she had been renowned for her leadership on the Family Court bench in dealing with complex and difficult cases, including complicated financial transactions. She is also an expert on violence in family court matters, including against children, and is an experienced conference speaker on topics concerning exploitation of children and trafficking of persons and has recently accepted the offer of an appointment to the Supervisory Board of Legal Aid of Cambodia. Colleen has chaired the UTS Student Misconduct Appeals Committee and will teach in our new family law postgraduate LLM stream.
Mr Michael Sexton SC
Michael Sexton SC, was appointed NSW Solicitor-General in 1998. His principal fields of practice at the NSW Bar were Defamation & Media Law; Intellectual Property Law; Professional Liability Law; Administrative Law and Commercial Law. He is co-author of the leading Australian text on defamation law, and the author of several books on Australian politics and history. In fact Michael Sexton is known as a prolific writer of political biography. Mr Sexton SC has held statutory appointments including Chairman, NSW State Rail Authority (1996-1998), Member, NSW Public Transport Authority (1997-1998) and is a Board Member of the NSW Writers Festival and a Council Member of University of Technology.
Mr Zeke Solomon AM
Zeke is a senior partner of Allens Arthur Robinson and has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law. Zeke set up the Allen’s office in New York between 1986-1993 and has close connections with the US. Professor Solomon has worked advising governments and industry in Asia and has lectured and consulted for the World Bank, United Nations and various aid agencies in Indonesia, China and elsewhere.