President of the children’s court, Judge Amanda Chambers, is the new chair of the Graduate School of Business and Law (GSBL) industry advisory committee for law.
The GSBL board advises the RMIT law school academic staff on the content of the law courses from the legal profession’s perspective, covering RMIT’s existing Juris Doctor course and the new Bachelor of Laws and combined Law/Business degrees commencing in 2021.
The board provides advice on placements, internships, and other practical opportunities for law students as well as what the profession is looking for in graduates and career opportunities for students.
The appointment of Judge Amanda Chambers continues the tradition of having senior members of the Victorian judiciary and eminent legal figures as Chair of the Law Advisory Board.
Her Honour follows in the footsteps of previous Chairs Justice Kevin Bell AM; Professor Gillian Triggs; and Judge Ian Gray.
Professor Anthony Forsyth of the Graduate School of Business and Law says he is pleased to have the benefit of Judge Chambers’ blend of experience in the judiciary, in senior positions in government, and in legal practice.
“This will be of immense value to RMIT Law as we navigate the ongoing complexities of the higher education landscape,” he said.
“It will help us maintain the high standard of delivery in the Juris Doctor, and roll out the new undergraduate law degree over the next few years.”
Judge Amanda Chambers will join Magistrate Pauline Spencer; senior law firm partners from Maurice Blackburn, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Holding Redlich and Ashurst; and representatives from Victoria Legal Aid, Victorian Government Solicitor and Launch Housing on the GSBL board.
Her Honour comes with over 30 years of experience in the law – in private practice, in government and 13 years as a judicial officer.
Judge Chambers hopes this experience will complement the range of academic and industry expertise that currently exists within the membership of the Board.
“I am honoured to have been invited to chair the RMIT Law Advisory Board at an exciting, yet challenging, time,” she said.
“It has never been more important to ensure that both undergraduate and post-graduate law programs prepare graduates for the future needs of the individuals, businesses and communities they will serve with high levels of integrity, competence, leadership and passion.”
“I hope my years of experience in the law will help inform this process.”
The appointment of Judge Amanda Chambers comes during an exciting time for the Graduate School of Business and Law, with The Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Workplace Safety in the Victorian Government set to deliver the 2020 Higinbotham Lecture.
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