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.
A host of distinguished alumni have demonstrated their commitment to the Law School by joining the Foundation Board.
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)
Mr Paul E Anastassiou QC (BA 1982, LLB(Hons) 1982)
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)
Mr Jim S Craig (LLM 1992)
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)
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)
Senor Development Manager, Melbourne Law School
Level 2, Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria 3053
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