Our Honorary Fellows
The College of Law Fellowships were established by the Board of Governors to recognise outstanding contributions to legal practice and/or the work of the College, and also to acknowledge the accomplishment of our Masters Degree graduates who are required to achieve very high standards to acquire and retain fellowship.
There are three categories of College Fellows:
- Honorary Fellow
- Academic Fellow
- Graduate Fellow
Honorary Fellows are outstanding members of the profession who have been associated with The College of Law over many years. Honorary Fellows include members of the Board of Governors, Academic Board, Curriculum Advisory Committees and others who have made a substantial contribution to the work of the College.
The College of Law Honorary Fellows
The Honorary Fellows of The College of Law Ltd are:
Justice Robert Benjamin
Justice Robert Benjamin is a judge of the Family Court of Australia and deputy chair of the College’s Academic Board. He is a past president of the Law Society of NSW and was for many years the chairman of the Society's Family Law Committee. He has long been recognised as one the foremost family law experts in Australia.
Mr Joseph Catanzariti AM
Mr Joseph Catanzariti AM was appointed to the Board of The College of Law Limited in 2009 and has served as Chair during that time. He is the Chair of the Executive Committee and the Nominations Advisory Committee. Mr Catanzariti is a Vice President of the Fair Work Commission, the national workplace relations tribunal. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies, School of Business at Sydney University and a Visiting Professorial Fellow, School of Law, Faculty of Law at University of New South Wales.
Prior to Mr Catanzariti’s appointment to the Fair Work Commission he was a senior partner in the National Clayton Utz Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Practice Group. Mr Catanzariti previously held the positions of President of the Law Council of Australia, President of the Law Society of New South Wales, Chair of the Workplace Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales, and Secretary of the Industrial Relations Society of Australia (1997-2011).
Professor Gino Dal Pont
Professor Gino Dal Pont (University of Tasmania) is one of the most prolific legal writers in Australia. Besides being the author of the revised Solicitors Manual, he has also been a frequent contributor to the Law Society Journal and is General Editor of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia.
He has occasionally served on the College’s Course Review and Approval Panels and is a member of the College’s External Appeals Panel, the final avenue of appeal for students with academic and other grievances.
The Hon Justice John Dowsett AM
The Hon Justice John Dowsett AM was appointed to the Federal Court in 1998. Prior to that he served as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1985 after being appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1984. Justice Dowsett has had a career-long interest in education. He has been a long-time friend of the College of Law generally and Queensland in particular where he has provided technical advice on programs over the years and supported us on a range of issues.
Mr Glenn Ferguson
Mr Glenn Ferguson is the Managing Director of Ferguson Cannon Lawyers in Queensland. He is a Past President of the Law Council of Australia, Lawasia and the Queensland Law Society. He is a Senior Counsellor with the Queensland Law Society, Founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Notaries.
Mr Ferguson served for ten years as a member of the Federal Attorney General’s International Legal Services Advisory Council and the Immigration Minister’s Advisory Board for the regulation of migration agents. Mr Ferguson has also held or continues to hold a number of board positions in both the public and private sector in the insurance, superannuation, education, sport, charity and information technology areas. He is currently Chair of Workcover Queensland and Lexon Insurance.
Mr Ferguson was appointed to the Board of The College of Law Limited in 2011. He is also the Chair of the College of Law Queensland Advisory Board.
Professor (Emeritus) Neil Gold
Professor (Emeritus) Neil Gold is an old friend of the College, and revered in the world of practical legal education as one of the foremost brains in our sector of work. He is an Emeritus Professor of Law from the University of Windsor in Canada where he started in academe back in 1973 and has made numerous contributions to the evolution of practical legal training throughout the common law world. He has been involved formally and informally with the College on multiple occasions over the years, including the generation of the Gold Report into College Scholarship back in 2010 – an initiative which helped the College prepare for its recent, successful application for Self Accrediting Authority.
Mr Ian Haynes
Mr Ian Haynes is a Vice-President of LAWASIA and previously a member of both LAWASIA’s council and executive committee. Mr Haynes is a past President of both the New Zealand Law Society and the Auckland District Law Society. Mr Haynes is also an executive of the Property Law Section of the Law Society and the chair of The College of Law, New Zealand.
Professor (Emeritus) Ron McCallum AO
Professor (Emeritus) Ron McCallum AO is a former member of the Board of Directors of the College. He was the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney. He took up this position in January 1993 and retired from this position on 30 September 2007. Ron is the first totally blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship in any field at any university in Australia or New Zealand. Ron McCallum was employed on a fixed-term contract as a Professor of Labour Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney from 1 February 2008 until 31 December 2010. In January 2011, he was appointed to an Emeritus Professorship in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney.
Professor (Emeritus) Ken McKinnon
Professor (Emeritus) Ken McKinnon was a long-serving former member of the Board of Directors. He is one of Australia’s most senior educators, with experience at the highest levels in universities, schools and government.He was Vice-Chancellor of Wollongong University from 1981 until 1995. He was also Vice-Chancellor at James Cook University before going to Charles Darwin University as Interim Vice-Chancellor in 2002-2003.He has been described as the doyen of Australian Vice-Chancellors.
Ms June McPhie
Ms June McPhie was a long-serving former member of the Board of Directors.She is a former President of the Law Society of NSW and long-serving councillor of the LSNSW. She has been a country solicitor in Albury and Cooma for many years.
Mr Steve Mark AM
Mr Steve Mark AM has had a long and varied career in the public sector, culminating in his appointment as Commissioner for the Legal Services Commission for NSW from its inception in 1994 – the first of its kind in the world. Throughout that appointment he was extraordinarily generous with his time – giving numerous lectures every year to PLT students who very much valued his advice and earnestly hoped never to see him again.
Former Justice Keith Mason AC
Former Justice Keith Mason AC is a former President of the Court of Appeal of New South Wales. Previously he was Chairman of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission from 1985-1987 and 1989-1990. He was Solicitor-General of NSW from 1987-1997. Mr Mason became President of the Children's Medical Research Foundation in 1995. He has also been a justice of the Supreme Court of Fiji. In 2006, he joined the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales as a Professorial Visiting Fellow. He is also a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Mr Mason was a member of the Course Advisory Committee which was heavily involved in the creation of the College of Law’s Commercial Litigation Practice curriculum.
Professor Gabriel Moens
Professor Gabriel Moens is Professor of Law at Curtin Business School and a long term member of the WA College Board of Directors. He is a respected legal academic with a strong record of publishing books and journal articles.
Professor Moens has held several senior university positions including:
- Dean and Professor of Law, Murdoch University School of Law
- Professor of Law and head, Graduate School of Law, The University of Notre Dame
- Visiting Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
- Garrick Professor of Law, University of Queensland
- Director, The Australian Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law, T C Beirne School of Law
Mr Bill O’Shea
Mr Bill O’Shea was appointed as Alfred Health’s first General Counsel in 2003. Prior to joining Alfred Health he was managing partner and head of the Commercial Law Practice Group of national law firm Hunt & Hunt.
He was President of the Law Institute of Victoria in 2003 and a member of its Council for 7 years. He is Chair of the College’s advisory board in Victoria and is a life member and Past President of the Australia China Business Council in Victoria.
The Hon Peter Rose AM QC
The Hon Peter Rose AM QC was a leading barrister who took silk in 1988 and was later appointed to the Family Court of Australia where he served for over 12 years. During that time he was generous enough to be the inaugural Chair of the College’s Applied Law (Family Law) Program. He was an extremely activist chair, made a vital contribution to the development of the curriculum and was also an enthusiastic guest lecturer. The outstanding success of the Family Law Program is in no little part attributable to Peter’s efforts.
Mr Laurence Shervington
Mr Laurence Shervington is a long term member of the WA College Board of Directors. He is a former senior member of Squire Sanders Corporate Commercial Division, with more than 35 years experience dealing with corporate issues, particularly capital raising, reconstruction, mergers and acquisitions, directors’ duties and corporate governance advice, due diligence, risk management issues and ASIC licensing and investigations. He has advised the Law Society of Western Australia on the corporate structure and corporate governance processes and procedures of its professional indemnity insurance division, Law Mutual, which involved advising on complex conflict and liability issues and advising on appropriate corporate governance policies and practices for the new structure.
Professor (Emeritus) Gillian Triggs
Professor (Emeritus) Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, taking up her appointment by the Commonwealth Attorney-General in 2012. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a former Governor of the College of Law. She has been a consultant on International Law to King & Wood Mallesons, a Board Member of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH), the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General's International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.