Alumnae panel: #WomenLead in Law

Date & time
12–1.15pm Wednesday 10 March 2021

Moot Court, ANU College of Law, Building 6A, 5 Fellows Road, Acton 2601

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Alumni Panel
Alumna panel: #WomenLead in Law

Join our all-female alumnae panel as they discuss what it takes to not just forge a career in law, but to also be a leader in what was traditionally a male-dominated field. They will touch on their motivations, difficulties and triumphs, as well as examine the changes that need to be made for future generations to have better opportunities.

On our panel:

  • Elizabeth Carroll (BA (Hons) ’96, LLB (Hons) ‘99, GDLP ‘99), Chief Legal Counsel at IP Australia and President of the ACT Law Society
  • Melanie Poole (BA ’11, LLB (Hons) ‘11), Director of See Your Change Consulting
  • Dr Heather Roberts SFHEA (BA (AsianStudies) (Hons) '00, LLB (Hons) '00, GDLP '00, PhD '08), Associate Professor at ANU College of Law

Emma Campbell (Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics), President of the ANU Law Student Society, will be moderating the panel.

A light lunch will be provided after the panel discussion.

For those who can't join us in-person, you can tune in via Zoom to watch the event live.

Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration for this event is essential and social distancing must be adhered to.


  • Elizabeth Carroll »

    BA (Hons) ’96, LLB (Hons) ‘99, GDLP ‘99
    Chief Legal Counsel at IP Australia and President of the ACT Law Society

    As Chief Legal Counsel at IP Australia, Elizabeth enjoys contributing to Australian innovation by providing strategic legal advice to the agency. Over the past twelve years, she has led the legal teams of three Commonwealth agencies including as General Counsel and Executive Director of Legal and Compliance at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and Principal Lawyer at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Prior to moving inhouse, she worked for ten years in private practice.
    She is currently President of the ACT Law Society, was first elected to Council in 2017 and was elected Vice President in 2018 and 2019. She received the ACT Law Society’s Government Law Award in 2016. In 2020, she was named General Counsel of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards and Government Lawyer of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards, and her team was awarded Government Team of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards.

  • Melanie Poole »

    BA ’11, LLB (Hons) ‘11
    Director of See Your Change Consulting

    ANU Arts/Law Alumnus Melanie Poole is the founder and director of See Your Change – a social enterprise that works with social change organisations and law firms to strengthen their work. Current projects that Melanie is leading include The Justice Map, a major research initiative examining mass incarceration in Australia. Melanie has also recently taken up the role of Research and Policy Director at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

    Melanie has worked extensively with justice advocacy organisations in both Australia and the United States. She has held leadership and board director roles at multiple community and Aboriginal legal centres, and at their peak bodies. She has also worked within the trade union movement and for a Senator.

    Melanie’s background also includes international human rights advocacy as CARE International’s United Nations representative in New York, and community development work in Kenya, Pakistan and the Northern Territory.

    In addition to her ANU Arts and Law degrees, Melanie holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University, where she was the Anne Wexler – Fulbright Public Policy Scholar for 2013-2015, and where she also received a prestigious New York University research fellowship.

  • Heather Roberts SFHEA »

    BA (AsianStudies) (Hons) '00, LLB (Hons) '00, GDLP '00, PhD '08
    Associate Professor at ANU College of Law

    Dr Heather Roberts SFHEA is the leading and pioneer scholar on judicial swearing-in ceremonies. In 2015 this research was showcased in her interview with Anita Barraud on ABC Radio National’s Law Report. This interview drew on her extensive and ground-breaking archival research into the origins and contemporary practice of these ceremonies in Australian Federal Courts.

    Her swearing-in research is part of a larger research agenda exploring the question: how does who a judge is make a difference to how the law develops? This question originally prompted her return to academia to pursue doctoral research examining the constitutional philosophy of Sir William Deane. She has continued this interest through studies of the jurisprudence of Justices Michael Kirby and Dyson Heydon, and presented and published her research nationally and internationally.

  • Emma Campbell (Moderator) »

    President, ANU Law Students' Society

    Emma Campbell is a third-year Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Politics, Philosophy and Economics student. She is the President of the ANU Law Students' Society for 2021, having previously held roles as a Director and Vice-President within the Society's Social Justice portfolio. 

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