The Alumni Seminar Series is an exclusive program for MLS alumni. Each seminar features a prominent guest speaker drawn from our alumni community.
From "can we?" to "should we?": How women can and should lead ethical governance
Wendy Harris QC, President of the Victorian Bar
Cashing in on hope: The big business of selling stem cells
Associate Professor Megan Munsie, Deputy Director of Centre for Stem Cell Systems
MLS Alumni Insights: Associate Professor Megan Munsie on stem cell research
Digital disruption and the future of the legal industry
Tom Dreyfus, Co-founder and CEO of Josef
MLS Alumni Insights: Tom Dreyfus on legal tech
A construction lawyer's journey
Phillip Greenham, Arbitrator at Arbitration Chambers
MLS Alumni Insights: Phillip Greenham on construction law
Integrity in sport
Professor Jack Anderson, Director of Studies, Sport Law at Melbourne Law School
MLS Alumni Insights: Jack Anderson on sports law
The emergence of digital trust and the local supply chain
Emma Weston, (LLB(Hons) 1996, BA 1995), CEO and co-founder of AgriDigital
MLS Alumni Insights: Emma Weston on Blockchain
Women in leadership
Merren McAuthur, CEO of Tigerair Australia
MLS Alumni Insights: Merren McArthur on diversity in leadership
Presenter: Stuart Fuller & Kate Marshall, Partners of KPMG Law
Topic: Technology, law and ethics
Presenter: Dr Matthew Collins QC (PhD 2000), President of the Victorian Bar
Topic: Frakenstein's Monster: The State of Australian Defamation Law, 2018
Presenter: Sheree Rubinstein (LLB, BA 2011), co-founder of One Roof
Topic: Entrepreneurship: Thriving as a female founder
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
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
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?
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'
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
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?
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
Presenter: Ms Georgina Downer (BCom / DipModLang(French) / LLB(Hons) 2003), Adjunct Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs
Topic: Australia in Asia: where to next?
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
Presenter: Mr Mark Leibler AC (LLB(Hons) 1966, LLD 2014), Senior Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler
Topic: Recognition: whose call is it anyway?
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
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
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"
Presenter: Mr Steven Smith (LLB 1977, DipDramaticArts 1984, LLM 1996), President, Melbourne Cricket Club
Topic: MCG and the MCC: past, present and future
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
Presenter: Dr Michael Andrew AO (BCom 1977, LLB 1978), Chairman, Australian Board of Taxation
Topic: Australia’s role in the fight against corruption
Presenter: Ms Alice Pung (LLB(Hons) 2004, BA 2004), Writer
Topic: The complexities of writing about class and race
Presenter: Mr Jack Heath (BA(Hons) 1983, LLB 1984), CEO of SANE Australia
Topic: Mental health challenges facing Australia
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
Presenter: The Hon Lindsay Tanner MP (LLB(Hons) 1981, BA(Hons) 1979, MA 1984)
Topic: Is Australian Democracy in Crisis?
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
Presenter: Mr David Shafer (BCom / LLB(Hons) 2005), Executive Director, Kogan Technologies
Topic: Innovation and disruption in the digital age
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
Presenter: Mr Peter Gordon (LLB 1979), Director, Gordon Legal and President and Chairman, Western Bulldogs
Topic: WADA they thinkin!
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?
Presenter: Professor John Daley (BSc 1987, LLB(Hons) 1989), Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute
Topic: Is courageous policy reform still possible?
Presenter: Senator The Hon Scott Ryan (in lieu of The Hon Alan Tudge MP)
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?
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
Presenter: Ms Janet Whiting (BA / LLB 1982), Partner, Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers
Topic: The Role of the Director on Not For Profit Boards
Presenter: Ms Jo Porter (LLB 1989, PgradCert.Arts 2014), Former executive producer, Malthouse Theatre
Topic: The Future of the Performing Arts
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
Presenter: The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP (BA / LLB 1978), Deputy Manager of Opposition Business, Australian Labour Party
Topic: Reflections of an Attorney General
Presenter: Mr Julian McMahon (BA(Hons) 1987, LLB 1990), Barrister, R J Howells Pty Ltd
Topic: What's happening with death row in Asia?
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
Presenter: Mr Gillon McLachlan (LLB(Hons) 1996), Chief Executive Officer, Australian Football League
Topic: How do sporting organisations manage integrity and corporate social responsibility
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.