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Academic Board Profiles

Academic Board Profiles

Academic Board

Lewis Patrick

Mr Lewis Patrick


BA LLB (Sydney); LLM (Sydney); Grad Cert in University Teaching and Learning (CSU); Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW

Lewis Patrick is Chief Academic Officer and Deputy CEO of the College. He has been a Lecturer at the College since 1996 and a solicitor in private practice since 1978. He is a member of the Academic and Professional Development Committee of the International Bar Association.
Robert Benjamin

The Hon. Robert Benjamin AM SC

Deputy Chair

Dip Law (SAB); LLM (UTS); Hon LLM (COL); FCL; Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of NSW and Tasmania

Robert Benjamin was one of the Commissioners constituting the Tasmanian Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings reporting in 2023. He is a former Justice of the Family Court of Australia (2005-2021), Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (2005-2020) and for 30 years practiced as a family lawyer.

Robert is a former President of the Law Society of NSW, Chair of the College of Law, Chair of the Education Committee of the Family Court and was a member of the organising committee for the Judges Orientation Course operated under the auspices of the National Judicial College. Robert was involved in legal training through the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian legal practice course and previously, on behalf of the Federal Government, worked with Zimbabwean judges, academics and women’s groups to develop and write a Family Law Act for the Zimbabwe Parliament and instructed Japanese and Australian mediators in ADR for Hague Abductions Cases in Japan.

In 2015, Robert was awarded an honorary Master’s degree from the College of Law and was made an Honorary Fellow of the College of Law. He was appointed Senior Counsel in May 2022.


Emeritus Prof Robert Meyenn

External Academic Education, The College of Law

Cert Teaching (Balmain Teachers College); Adv Dip Education (Bristol); M Ed (Bristol); PhD (Aston)

Professor Meyenn is one of Australia’s foremost university educators, having held such positions as Dean of the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University, President of the Australian Association for Research in Education and Provost CSU-Ontario. He also served on a number of federal and state education advisory boards.

Ross Grantham

Prof Ross Grantham

External Academic – Law

LLM (Hons) (Auckland), BCL (Oxford), LLD (Queensland) Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Professor Grantham holds the position of Professor of Commercial Law and serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. His academic contributions are extensive, comprising multiple monographs and casebooks, a wide array of journal articles, and the editing of multiple scholarly essay collections addressing matters of private and corporate law. He further lends his expertise as a member of the editorial boards for The Company Lawyer and the Journal of Corporate Law Studies and is the Australian editor of the Journal of Business Law.
Jodie Masson

Ms Jodie Masson

Industry Representative

BA LLB (Macq); Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW

Jodie Masson is the managing partner of an independent specialist commercial property law firm. Her experience includes acquisitions, sales, leasing, agency law, project documentation and general property law advice. Jodie was made a fellow member of the Australian Property Institute as part of the API’s Property Leaders’ Program in 2011. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in Australia in the practice area of Real Property Law from 2014 to 2018 and has been listed in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended property lawyer from 2016 to 2018.

Neville Carter

Mr Neville Carter AM

CEO & Principal, The College of Law

BA LLB (Sydney); MBA (Melb); Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW

Neville Carter is the CEO and Principal of The College of Law. He is a legal practitioner and academic of over 40 years standing and has been Principal of the College for over 25 years. Mr Carter is also a Director of the College of Law New Zealand Limited, COL Hold Co Pty Limited, College of Legal Practice Limited and COL SIN Private Limited. His previous positions include National Director, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, New Zealand; Associate Professor and Head of School of Legal Practice, UTS; Project Lead Professional Practice, Advanced Diploma in Law (ADIL) University of Technology (MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia); and partner in a three partner Sydney law firm. He is also a former Chairman of the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council, Director of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association and an Evaluator for the Australian Business Excellence Awards.
Annie Jameson

Ms Annie Jameson

Student Representative

LLB (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

Annie Jameson is a law graduate working in the litigation practice group at a well established country law firm. Annie completed her studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2023, and is now completing her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) through the College of Law. Prior to entering the legal field Annie gained valuable experience working for an international financial institution.

Annie also has experience working in property and conveyancing matters, corporate and commercial law, employment law and dispute resolution.
Sophie Williams

Sophie Williams

Academic Staff Representative - Director Victoria

LLB (Hons) (Monash), BBus (Monash), BA (Monash), GDLP

Sophie Williams is the Director of College of Law Victoria. She worked in private practice before making the shift into legal education, initially tutoring indigenous students as part of Deakin University’s Institute of Koorie Education, before working as a casual academic with Deakin Law School. In 2016, Sophie commenced work as a sole practitioner and shortly thereafter was introduced to the College by a colleague. Her engagement with College has proved to be the perfect marriage between the two disciplines of law and education that she has actively pursued throughout her professional life. Sophie maintains her principal practising certificate as an Australian Lawyer and has qualifications in Arts, Business and Law from Monash University.

Karina Okotel

Karina Okotel

Academic Secretary, The College of Law

BA (Hons), LLB (Melb); Solicitor of the Supreme Court of ACT and the High Court of Australia

Karina Okotel holds the position of Academic Secretary at the College of Law. Karina founded the Racial and Religious Discrimination Legal Service Inc in 2022 and is its Principal Lawyer. Prior to joining the College in 2019, she worked primarily as a human rights lawyer in community law and at Victoria Legal Aid. She is a past Victoria Co-convenor of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and served as Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Glen Eira in Victoria.

Karina is a member of the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability and Heads of Student Administration (Australia and New Zealand).

Alan Davis

Dr Alan Davis

Director, Academic Quality

PhD (Monash), BMus (Edinburgh), MA (Law) (Bristol), Postgrad Dip. Bar Vocational Studies (Cardiff)

Called to the Bar at Middle Temple in London in 2007, Alan originally practised as a barrister in England and Wales.

Alan came to Australia on a scholarship from the Inns of Court in London, spending time with Victoria Legal Aid, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the Children's Court of Victoria. On completing his scholarship, Alan tutored and lectured at Monash University for five years. Alan joined the College of Law in 2018 to focus on vocational legal education.

Alan holds a PhD in children’s rights and restorative justice from Monash University.