The Alumni Seminar Series is an exclusive program for MLS alumni. Each seminar features a prominent guest speaker drawn from our alumni community.
6 March 2018
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
14 November 2017
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?
10 October 2017
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
12 September 2017
Presenter: Ms Georgina Downer (BCom / DipModLang(French) / LLB(Hons) 2003), Adjunct Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs
Topic: Australia in Asia: where to next?
08 August 2017
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
11 July 2017
Presenter: Mr Mark Leibler AC (LLB(Hons) 1966, LLD 2014), Senior Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler
Topic: Recognition: whose call is it anyway?
20 June 2017
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
9 May 2017
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
28 March 2017
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"
24 November 2016
Presenter: Mr Steven Smith (LLB 1977, DipDramaticArts 1984, LLM 1996), President, Melbourne Cricket Club
Topic: MCG and the MCC: past, present and future
6 September 2016
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
9 August 2016
Presenter: Dr Michael Andrew AO (BCom 1977, LLB 1978), Chairman, Australian Board of Taxation
Topic: Australia’s role in the fight against corruption
19 July 2016
Presenter: Ms Alice Pung (LLB(Hons) 2004, BA 2004), Writer
Topic: The complexities of writing about class and race
7 June 2016
Presenter: Mr Jack Heath (BA(Hons) 1983, LLB 1984), CEO of SANE Australia
Topic: Mental health challenges facing Australia
10 May 2016
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
22 March 2016 (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
8 March 2016
Presenter: The Hon Lindsay Tanner MP (LLB(Hons) 1981, BA(Hons) 1979, MA 1984)
Topic: Is Australian Democracy in Crisis?
13 October 2015
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
1 September 2015
Presenter: Mr David Shafer (BCom / LLB(Hons) 2005), Executive Director, Kogan Technologies
Topic: Innovation and disruption in the digital age
18 August 2015
Presenter: Mrs Catherine Walter AM (LLB(Hons) 1973, LLM 1976, MBA 1988)
Topic: Lawyers on Board: making it work
29 July 2015 (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
21 July 2015
Presenter: Mr Peter Gordon (LLB 1979), Director, Gordon Legal and President and Chairman, Western Bulldogs
Topic: WADA they thinkin!
2 June 2015
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?
5 May 2015
Presenter: Professor John Daley (BSc 1987, LLB(Hons) 1989), Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute
Topic: Is courageous policy reform still possible?
14 April 2015
Presenter: Senator The Hon Scott Ryan (in lieu of The Hon Alan Tudge MP)
3 March 2015
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?
21 October 2014
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
2 September 2014
Presenter: Ms Janet Whiting (BA / LLB 1982), Partner, Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers
Topic: The Role of the Director on Not For Profit Boards
26 August 2014
Presenter: Ms Jo Porter (LLB 1989, PgradCert.Arts 2014), Former executive producer, Malthouse Theatre
Topic: The Future of the Performing Arts
24 July 2014
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
22 July 2014
Presenter: The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP (BA / LLB 1978), Deputy Manager of Opposition Business, Australian Labour Party
Topic: Reflections of an Attorney General
17 June 2014
Presenter: Mr Julian McMahon (BA(Hons) 1987, LLB 1990), Barrister, R J Howells Pty Ltd
Topic: What's happening with death row in Asia?
20 May 2014
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
29 April 2014
Presenter: Mr Gillon McLachlan (LLB(Hons) 1996), Chief Executive Officer, Australian Football League
Topic: How do sporting organisations manage integrity and corporate social responsibility
18 March 2014
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.