The Foundation was established in 1984 for the encouragement and promotion of excellence in education, study, teaching and research in the faculty of Law, now known as Melbourne Law School.
As someone who was fortunate enough to attend Melbourne Law School with Government support, I believe that those who wish to study law and meet the Law School's high standards should have an opportunity to do so. Our contributions can ensure not only that the Law School continues to attract the best students and faculty but also help to encourage the ancillary benefits of promotion of the rule of law in the region, certainty and good practice in commerce and the vigorous and high-quality debate that a world-class legal education can facilitate.Mary Padbury, Vice Chairman, Ashurst
A host of distinguished alumni have demonstrated their commitment to the Law School by joining the Foundation Board.
Carolyn M Evans
Dean, Melbourne Law School and Harrison Moore Professor of Law
Professor Carolyn Evans has been Dean of Melbourne Law School since 2011 and prior to that was Associate Dean (Research) for three years. Carolyn has degrees in Arts and Law from Melbourne University and a doctorate from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford she held a stipendiary lectureship for two years before returning to Melbourne in 2000. She worked for a period as a lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron after graduating from Melbourne. She is currently the Honorary Secretary to the Victorian Rhodes Scholarships Selection Committee. In 2010, Carolyn was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to allow her to travel as a Visiting Fellow at American and Emory Universities. Carolyn is the author or editor of six books on human rights and numerous articles and chapters. She is an internationally recognised expert on religious freedom and the relationship between law and religion and has spoken on these topics in the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Greece, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Nepal and Australia.
Professor Carolyn M Evans (BA 1993, LLB(Hons) 1993)
Caron Y Beaton-Wells
Associate Dean, Melbourne Law Masters and Director of Studies, Competition and Consumer Law, Melbourne Law School
Caron Beaton-Wells is a Professor specialising in competition law at the Law School and Director of the University's Competition Law & Economics Network. Her research has been awarded substantial funding, and she teaches competition law in both the Juris Doctor and Masters programs.
Caron is the Associate Dean of the Melbourne Law Masters and directs the competition and consumer law specialty of that program. Her engagement activity involves contributing to the public discourse in Australia and around the world on significant competition law-related issues and on fostering constructive debate and shared learning amongst stakeholders.
Caron is a member of national and international editorial and advisory boards and has consulted to governmental and intergovernmental organisations including the OECD and ASEAN.
Formerly a solicitor at (now) King & Wood Mallesons, Caron is also a member of the Law Council of Australia's competition and consumer committee and a member of the Victorian Bar.
Professor Caron Y Beaton-Wells (BA 1993, LLB(Hons) 1993, LLM 1997, PhD Law 2002)
Dr Matthew J Collins QC
Dr Matt Collins QC is a member of the Victorian Bar, practising principally in the areas of media and commercial law. He holds a PhD from Melbourne Law School (2000) and is the author of The Law of Defamation and the Internet (OUP), the leading international work on the application of principles of defamation law to online communications, and Collins on Defamation (OUP), one of the standard texts on the law of defamation of England and Wales.
He is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, where he teaches in the Masters program, a former national chair of the Law Council of Australia's Media and Communications Committee, and a member of the Victorian Bar Council.
Dr Matthew J Collins QC (PhD Law 2000)
William P Gurry AO
Chairman, Rabobank Australia & New Zealand
Mr Gurry has had a long career in the Australian banking sector and is an experienced company director. He is currently Chairman of Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group. Past chairmanships include Coles Group Limited, Archer Capital Limited and Ericsson Australia Limited. He is a former executive chairman of one of Australia's foremost investment banks, UBS, and a former managing director of National Mutual Royal Bank, Potter Warburg and Capel Court Corporation.
Mr William P Gurry AO (LLB 1972)
Diana P Nicholson
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Ms Nicholson is a senior partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice in the Melbourne office of King & Wood Mallesons. Her practice primarily involves securities industry law, fundraising, acquisitions and takeovers, as well as the more general aspects of commercial law on a range of fundraising matters.
Ms Nicholson is a Trustee of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust and a member of the Australian Advisory Board of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation.
Ms Diana P Nicholson (BA 1983, LLB(Hons) 1984)
Vice Chairman, Ashurst
Ms Padbury is Vice Chairman of Ashurst and a partner in the intellectual property practice in Melbourne. Ms Padbury became chairman of the Australian practice (then Blake Dawson) in July 2005 and was re‐elected in 2008 and 2011. She was elected Vice Chairman of the global firm on the financial merger of Ashurst LLP and Ashurst Australia from November 2013.
Ms Padbury is a World Intellectual Property Organisation Domain Name Panellist and a member of the Business Council of Australia and Chief Executive Women. She is on the boards of the Burnet Institute, GI Cancer Institute, Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and the Victorian Legal Admissions Committee. She is a past chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia.
Ms Mary L Padbury (BA 1980, LLB(Hons) 1980)
Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright
Sophie Wade is a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright and was admitted to practice in Victoria in December 2015. She completed her JD in 2014 after holding various positions on the Melbourne University Law Students' Society, and taking in part in a semester-long exchange at the University of Texas.
Prior to her JD, Ms Wade studied a Bachelor of Arts at the University, majoring in Chinese and Politics & International Studies. During that degree, she lived at International House, taking on leadership roles with the International House Students' Club, including that of Vice President (2010) and President (2011). Since 2008, Ms Wade has had two stints living in China, as well as in Thailand and Vermont, USA.
Ms Sophie Wade (BA 2011, JD 2015)
Catherine M Walter AM
Catherine Walter has a distinguished record in service to the Australian community in the corporate, government and not for profit sectors. Catherine was awarded a Centenary Medal in January 2001 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2003.
Catherine was a corporate and commercial lawyer for 20 years, culminating as Managing Partner of the Melbourne Office of Clayton Utz and has since that time served as a director of companies and entities in the listed, not for profit and government sectors.
Relevant positions have included being a director of ASX, NAB, Orica, a Commissioner of the City of Melbourne and Chair of each of Australian Synchrotron and Fed Square. Catherine is currently Chair of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and also FASEA (Financial Advisers Standards and Ethics Authority), Deputy Chair Victorian Funds Management Corporation and a director of RBA's Payment System Board and Australian Foundation Investment Company.
Ms Catherine M Walter AM (LLB(Hons) 1973, LLM 1976, MBA 1988)
Mr Neil J Young QC (LLB(Hons) 1974)
Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler
Leon Zwier is a partner and head of the litigation & dispute resolution and reconstruction & insolvency practices at Australian commercial law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler. He has been a partner at the firm since 1991. Leon has been extensively involved in large, complicated and difficult commercial disputes, advising leading corporates and individuals in Australia.
He is recognised as a leading lawyer by a number of prominent international guides to lawyers and legal firms, including The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers International. He frequently presents to universities, professional bodies, large corporations, and members of the legal profession on aspects of litigation, and insolvency and reconstruction law.
Mr Leon Zwier (LLB 1979)
Kate M Barnett
Director of Development, Melbourne Law School
Ms Barnett is Director of Development at Melbourne Law School. She began her professional career as a lawyer at Hunt & Hunt in Melbourne, with a secondment to Shanghai during her articles year. After she completed her articles in 2001 she spent the next two years working at Asialink at the University of Melbourne. Ms Barnett joined the Australia China Business Council as Executive Director of the New South Wales division in 2004 and was appointed National Director of the Australia China Business Council in 2005.
As well as Arts and Law degrees and a Diploma in Modern Languages in Chinese from University of Melbourne, she holds a Graduate Diploma in Communication Management from the University of Technology Sydney and is a member of Women on Boards.
Ms Kate M Barnett (BA 1995, DipML(Chin) 1998, LLB(Hons) 1999)