MLS Alumni Seminar Series

The Alumni Seminar Series is an exclusive program for MLS alumni. Each seminar features a prominent guest speaker drawn from our alumni community.

2019 seminars

Cashing in on hope: The big business of selling stem cells

Associate Professor Megan Munsie, Deputy Director of Centre for Stem Cell Systems

Digital disruption and the future of the legal industry

Tom Dreyfus, Co-founder and CEO of Josef

A construction lawyer's journey

Phillip Greenham, Arbitrator at Arbitration Chambers

Integrity in sport

Professor Jack Anderson, Director of Studies, Sport Law at Melbourne Law School

The emergence of digital trust and the local supply chain

Emma Weston, (LLB(Hons) 1996, BA 1995), CEO and co-founder of AgriDigital

Women in leadership

Merren McAuthur, CEO of Tigerair Australia

  • 2018

    November


    Presenter: Stuart Fuller & Kate Marshall, Partners of KPMG Law
    Topic: Technology, law and ethics 

    October


    Presenter: Dr Matthew Collins QC (PhD 2000), President of the Victorian Bar
    Topic: Frakenstein's Monster: The State of Australian Defamation Law, 2018

    September


    Presenter: Sheree Rubinstein (LLB, BA 2011), co-founder of One Roof
    Topic: Entrepreneurship: Thriving as a female founder

    July


    Presenter: Lord Mayor Sally Capp (BCom / LLB (Hons) 1991), Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne
    Topic: Being Lord Mayor: Reflections on the Lord Mayoral election campaign and the first 50 days in office

    June


    Presenter: Mr Leon Zwier (PhD (Law 2004, PCHE 2002, MA (BLE) 2000, LLB (Hons) 1994), Partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler and Commissioner of Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour Commission
    Topic: Cricket sanctions: law or lore

    May


    Presenter: Associate Professor Mark Taylor (PhD (Law 2004, PCHE 2002, MA (BLE) 2000, LLB (Hons) 1994), Deputy Director of the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX) and Associate Professor in Health Law and Regulation at the University of Melbourne
    Topic: Health data in the information age: Is confidentiality a thing of the past?

    April


    Presenter: Dr Anna Funder (MA (CrWrtg) 2002, LLB(Hons) 1991, BA(Hons) 1988, BA 1987), Award-winning Australian author
    Topic: Behind 'Stasiland' and 'All that I am'

    March


    Presenter: Mr Tim Wright (BA / LLB 2009), Asia-Pacific Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons 
    Topic: The new UN treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

  • 2017

    November


    Presenter: Mr Tim Joyce (BCom / LLB(Hons) 1998), Co-Head of Macquarie Capital – Australia and New Zealand 
    Topic: Australian businesses and capital markets as the world becomes smaller - are we set up for success?

    October


    Presenter: Mr Tony Wilson (BA / LLB(Hons) 1995), Professional speaker, Author and Broadcaster 
    Topic: For the love of speeches – What building Speakola taught me about the art of public speaking

    September


    Presenter: Ms Georgina Downer (BCom / DipModLang(French) / LLB(Hons) 2003), Adjunct Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs 
    Topic: Australia in Asia: where to next?

    August


    Presenter: Mr Paul Bassat (BCom 1989, LLB 1990), Co-founder and major shareholder, Square Peg Capital 
    Topic: Innovation and Disruption: change is the only constant

    July


    Presenter: Mr Mark Leibler AC (LLB(Hons) 1966, LLD 2014), Senior Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler 
    Topic: Recognition: whose call is it anyway?

    June


    Presenter: Ms Lucy Adams (BA / LLB(Hons) 2005), Manager and Principal Lawyer of Justice Connect Homeless Law 
    Topic: The role of the law in tackling homelessness and poverty: the good, the bad and the ugly

    May


    Presenter: Ms Elizabeth Kennedy (BA / LLB(Hons) 1975, LLM 1983, GradDipHealth&MedLaw 1997), General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    Topic: Patient Centred Approaches to Treating and Caring for Cancer Patients

    March


    Presenter: Ms Gabrielle Trainor AO (LLB 1977), Commissioner, Australian Football League 
    Topic: Reflections of a crisis manager: "The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis’. One stands for danger; the other for opportunity"

  • 2016

    November


    Presenter: Mr Steven Smith (LLB 1977, DipDramaticArts 1984, LLM 1996), President, Melbourne Cricket Club 
    Topic: MCG and the MCC: past, present and future

    September


    Presenter: Associate Professor Kristen Walker QC (BSc 1991, LLB(Hons) 1991, LLM 1996), Barrister, Victorian Bar 
    Topic: Asylum-seeker litigation — Malaysia, Nauru and indefinite detention

    August


    Presenter: Dr Michael Andrew AO (BCom 1977, LLB 1978), Chairman, Australian Board of Taxation 
    Topic: Australia’s role in the fight against corruption

    July


    Presenter: Ms Alice Pung (LLB(Hons) 2004, BA 2004), Writer 
    Topic:  The complexities of writing about class and race

    June


    Presenter: Mr Jack Heath (BA(Hons) 1983, LLB 1984), CEO of SANE Australia
    Topic:  Mental health challenges facing Australia

    May


    Presenter: Mr Alex Wyatt (BSc(Hons) 1999, LLB(Hons) 2000), CEO of RayGen Resources
    Topic:  Clean and green: global climate policy and the cleantech white knight

    March (Sydney event)


    Presenter: Mr Geoff Culbert (BCom / LLB(Hons) 1992), President & CEO, GE Australia & NZ
    Topic:  GE: The 130 year old start up – Invention and reinvention for the next industrial era

    March


    Presenter: The Hon Lindsay Tanner MP (LLB(Hons) 1981, BA(Hons) 1979, MA 1984)
    Topic:  Is Australian Democracy in Crisis?

  • 2015

    October


    Presenter: Dr Bruce Oswald CSC (PhD 2009), Associate Professor and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, Melbourne Law School
    Topic: Peacekeeping since Rwanda: Reflections of a Legal Officer's Experience 21 years on

    September


    Presenter: Mr David Shafer (BCom / LLB(Hons) 2005), Executive Director, Kogan Technologies 
    Topic: Innovation and disruption in the digital age

    August


    Presenter: Mrs Catherine Walter AM (LLB(Hons) 1973, LLM 1976, MBA 1988)
    Topic: Lawyers on Board: making it work

    July (Sydney Event)


    Presenter: Ms Carolyn Kay (BA 1983 / LLB 1983), Non-Executive Director of Brambles, The Future Fund, Allens Linklaters, John Swire & Sons, The Sydney Institute, and The General Sir John Monash Foundation
    Topic: Collective Intelligence: Optimising decision making

    July


    Presenter: Mr Peter Gordon (LLB 1979), Director, Gordon Legal and President and Chairman, Western Bulldogs
    Topic: WADA they thinkin!

    June


    Presenter: Dr Nora Scheinkestel (LLB(Hons) 1981, PhD 1997), Chairman, Macquarie Atlas Roads Limited, Director, Macquarie Atlas Roads International Limited, Director, Telstra Corporation Limited, Director, Orica Limited and Associate Professor, Melbourne Business School.
    Topic: How should we govern in disruptive times?

    May


    Presenter: Professor John Daley (BSc 1987, LLB(Hons) 1989), Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute
    Topic: Is courageous policy reform still possible?

    April


    Presenter: Senator The Hon Scott Ryan (in lieu of The Hon Alan Tudge MP)

    March


    Presenter: The Hon Dr Barry Jones AC (LLB 1966, MA 1968, LLD 2002), Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, The University of Melbourne
    Topic: What's Wrong with Democracy?

  • 2014

    October


    Presenter: Professor Caron Beaton Wells (BA / LLB(Hons) 1993, LLM 1997, PhD 2002), Professor and Associate Dean(Melbourne Law Masters), Melbourne Law School and Professor Allan Fels AO, Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne
    Topic: Australia's Supermarket Duopoly: Who is Being Served

    September


    Presenter: Ms Janet Whiting (BA / LLB 1982), Partner, Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers
    Topic: The Role of the Director on Not For Profit Boards

    August


    Presenter: Ms Jo Porter (LLB 1989, PgradCert.Arts 2014), Former executive producer, Malthouse Theatre
    Topic: The Future of the Performing Arts

    July


    Presenter: Mr David Crawford AO (BCom 1966, LLB 1973), Chairman, Lend Lease Corporation
    Topic: Getting on a board and making a difference once you are there

    July


    Presenter: The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP (BA / LLB 1978), Deputy Manager of Opposition Business, Australian Labour Party
    Topic: Reflections of an Attorney General

    June


    Presenter: Mr Julian McMahon (BA(Hons) 1987, LLB 1990), Barrister, R J Howells Pty Ltd
    Topic: What's happening with death row in Asia?

    May


    Presenter: Ms Kelly O'Dwyer MP (LLB(Hons) 1999, BA 2000), Minister for Small Business, Assistant Treasurer, House of Representatives
    Topic: Opportunities and challenges for Australia's economic future

    April


    Presenter: Mr Gillon McLachlan (LLB(Hons) 1996), Chief Executive Officer, Australian Football League
    Topic: How do sporting organisations manage integrity and corporate social responsibility

    March


    Presenter: Mr David Crawford AO (BCom 1996, LLM 1973), Chairman, Lend Lease Corporation
    Topic: Getting on a board and making a difference once you are there

Suggestions or Feedback

If you have any suggestions in relation to topics and speakers or would like to provide us with feedback about the Series, please feel free to contact the MLS Alumni Relations Team.