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Roberta McRae

BA(ANU); LLB(Macq); GDLP(ANU); GD Arts(ANU) Ed Stud (Armidale); Legal Practitioner NSW; Barrister & Solicitor ACT

ANU College of Law, Building 5
+61 2 6125 0809
Room 137


Roberta is a lawyer who has specialised in real property. Before gaining admission as a solicitor she worked as a public servant for the ACT Administration and the Commonwealth variously as a policy adviser; consultant; speechwriter and researcher; after a successful nineteen-year career in education. In 1992 Roberta was elected as a member of the second Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory and served as Speaker. She was re-elected in 1995 and was the Opposition spokesperson for Education and Sport and Chair of the Estimates Committee until she lost her seat in 1998. Roberta has a strong commitment to volunteer activity and in 1990 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for contribution to migrant services.

Research interests

On-line teaching Practitioner/teacher trainingEmerging legal identities The history of conveyancing Property law Access to law and social justice



ANU College of Law 2012 Award for Teaching Excellence - team teachingOrder of Australia Medal 1990


Roberta McRae OAM T: 02 61250809 Roberta is a lawyer (admitted in 2003) who has specialised in property and commercial law currently employed as a lecturer in the ANU College of Law  Roberta has a strong commitment to volunteer activity and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1990 for contribution to migrant services. Professional Background Bachelor of Law, Macquarie University, 2003 Graduate Diploma In Legal Practice Australian National University  2003 Graduate Diploma in English, Australian National University, 1992 Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 1984 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies, Armidale College of Advanced Education 1981 Trained Infant Teachers Certificate, Frankston Teachers’ College 1969 Australian National University November 2008 – Present  Lecturer ANU Legal Workshop 2010 - Convened the Property unit within the first iteration of The Professional Practice Core taught as the central part of the ANU College of Law Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. The Property unit I wrote and for which I created the relevant support materials (Talks, written guides and research site summaries) - the first of its kind anywhere!. I organised it so two firms of four worked together one representing a seller client one representing a buyer client. Each worked on a conveyance file with documents the equivalent of any worked on in “real” life. A standard conveyance in Australia usually takes between four and six weeks to complete so they worked on real documents in real time equivalents. I prepared weekly memos that were sent to firm members from a character who wrote as a senior partner. The memos provided weekly guidance on the work required in a standard residential conveyance. The students were not given full instructions rather directed to find the relevant forms and information from sites such as the Titles Office, the Offices of State Revenue and the relevant planning offices for instance. I researched and developed the material for 5 of Australia’s jurisdictions. Since then I have run the course four more times.  Every six months I have revised and refined the material I provided the students and expanded the course to include two more jurisdictions and accounts work. During each course I also provided weekly guidance to the practitioner teachers who worked with the firms. The teachers provided weekly feed-forward and feedback to their firms and played the roles of clerk, associate receptionist, file and accounts managers and Partners! A feature of the course which both students and teachers really enjoy is an interview in a web based on-line room at the beginning of the unit where the student inform a client about what a conveyance entails and then at the end of the unit when the firms do an on-line settlement.2013-2015 PPC convenor Pamela Coward Higgins Lawyers July 2006 – October 2009 Solicitor specialising in conveyancing and commercial law Colquhoun and Murphy Barristers and Solicitors October 2003- July 2006 Solicitor specialising in residential and commercial property conveyancing SMS Management & Technology Dec 2000 – Octber 2003 Consultant, Department of Health and Aged Care Oct 1999 - Dec 2000, Deputy Director Managed three national projects within the Education, Research and Workforce Unit. These were, a review of the quality enhancement of population health training in Australia, the development of an education framework for population health training at the Masters level and a postgraduate training program for general practitioners with a specific focus on the needs of doctors in rural and remote settings. Education Network of Australia (EdNA) 1998 - Oct 1999, Manager As the National Coordinator of the EdNA Computers for Schools Project organised the transfer of surplus to requirement computers and IT equipment to schools. In close cooperation with representative committees in every State and Territory managed the delivery of more than 10,000 computers which were donated to Public, Independent and Catholic schools all over Australia by Commonwealth and State Government Departments and Agencies. Legislative Assembly for the ACT 1992 - 1998 - Member for Ginninderra 1995 -1998 -  Shadow Minister for sport and recreation, education, land and planning. Successfully promoted community concerns and provided an avenue for redress for people unable to have their needs met by the government. Chair of the Legislative Assembly’s Estimates committee 1992 – 1995 - Speaker Initiated Youth Parliament for the ACT Project managed the refurbishment of the old government building (South Building), a $12 million project to create a permanent home of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory. The new Assembly building was to accommodate over 100 people. They were given full opportunity to participate in the decisions and the transition was managed so smoothly that the project was finished on time and within budget. ACT Government 1991-1992, Senior officer - Managed ACT cultural facilities. Commonwealth Public Service Commission 1990 – 1991, Senior Officer Managed a major review of the impact of Equal Employment Opportunity programs on people of non-English speaking backgrounds. ACT Administration 1988 – 1989, Speechwriter, Senior Officer, ACT Administration Part-time Tutor at University of Canberra 1987 - 1989, Worked in education faculty with trainee ESL teachers Employee of the Canberra College Technical and Further Education 1976- 1984, Taught English as a second language Employee of the Commonwealth Department of Education 1974 - 1976, Writer of English as a second language curriculum materials for Primary school students Australian Volunteer Abroad 1973- 1974, Lecturer in English as second language, Mara Institute of Technology Shah Alam Malaysia Primary School teacher 1970 – 1972, St Albans Nth Victoria, Macquarie and Watson Primary Schools ACT

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