School Law Conference


Please contact Jennifer Blackshaw or Katherine Olsen for more information | 

Save The Date - School Law Conference

Chris Woolley, Director - Governance, Strategy and Corporate Services, Queensland Catholic Education Commission

Chris is a Senior lawyer with experience in private practice and in-house in the areas of risk management and corporate governance and dispute resolution. Previous management experience in government, strategic policy and legislation development, risk management and governance, advocacy and communications and issues management

Dr Louise Floyd is an Associate Professor of Law (full-time, permanent at JCU) and also a Barrister to the Supreme Court of Queensland.  

Dr  Floyd's research expertise lies in the areas of:

  • Australian and International Employment and Labour Law - including university & public sector employment; executive employment; trade union regulation; the law in China, the USA and the UK;
  • Workplace Change eg automation, the gig economy; globalisation &
  • Regionalism in a Globalised World eg the UK Government's Big Society Policy; Scottish Independence; Brexit; and the TPP.

Dr Chris Davies - Associate Professor at James Cook University

Dr Chris Davies completed a PhD on Restrictive Practices in Sport at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney in 2003. He has since published widely and regularly on topics such as salary caps, drafts systems, defamation and doping in sport in journals such as the Journal of Contract Law, Bond Sports Law Journal and the International Sports Law Review.  He has presented numerous conference papers in the area of Sports Law, both within Australia and overseas. Dr Davies has also received a number of invitations to contribute chapters for international books relating to Sports Law and is a co-author of Australia’s Sports Law textbook. He presently holds the position of Associate Professor at James Cook University.

Rene Flores, Senior Associate and the Regional Office Leader for Maurice Blackburn’s legal practice in Townsville.

Rene has more than 10 years’ experience in personal injury law and is the immediate past Townsville District Law Association President.

In 2007, Rene graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.  Rene commenced his legal career as a Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in Townsville.  In 2008, he left the public sector and started practising in insurance compensation law. Rene’s passion to achieve justice for everyday Australians saw him join Maurice Blackburn in 2014.

Rene was drawn to practice law by a passion for standing up for people who, through no fault of their own, have been injured by another’s wrong doing. He remains driven to ensure that clients are fairly treated in exercising their legal rights, and to protect these rights from erosion by governments and special interests.

Tracey Jessie - Principal, Jessie Lawyers

Tracey has 19 years experience in employment law and has been a partner in national and state law firms.  Before studying law, Tracey was a teacher and principal within Education Queensland.
In 2015 Tracey established Jessie Lawyers.  Tracey acts for a number of educational facilities throughout Queensland and provides advice on education, employment, work health and safety and industrial relations matters.  She also advises not-for-profit organisations and business enterprises in all aspects of employment law and industrial relations. Tracey is the editor of the Regulatory Compliance manual “Education in Non-State Schools” in Queensland.

Kerri Patterson - Founding Director of O'Connor Patterson Smith Lawyers

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University, Kerri has practised predominately in the areas of criminal and family law in the North Queensland area. Kerri worked in private practice, community legal services and government roles before starting her own firm in 2016 and continues to practice exclusively in the areas of criminal and family law.

Allison Inglis - Partner at HBM Lawyers

Allison was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 1996. HBM Lawyers, an insurance specialist firm based in Brisbane, has had the privilege of assisting Catholic Church insurance and their clients with liability claims for many decades.

Allison works extensively in the area of liability of schools and other institutions and has managed a wide variety of claims against educational institutions throughout Queensland.  Allison has represented her clients’ interests in a broad range of jurisdictions, successfully defending a variety of challenging and complex matters involving injuries to students, bullying, workplace health and safety investigations and employment related matters. Allison works closely with her clients in all aspects of their business, keeping them up to date with industry developments and liaising with insureds on risk management issues.

Dave Miles - Det Snr Sgt - Officer in Charge: Child Protection & Sexual Crimes Unit Townsville

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles is the Officer in Charge of the Townsville Child Abuse and Sexual Crimes Unit (previously Child Protection Investigation Unit) of the Queensland Police Service. Det Snr Sgt Miles has held the role as the officer in charge of the Townsville Child Abuse and Sexual Crimes Unit since 2007 and as a total of 26 years experience as an investigator. Prior to commencing in the role as Detective Senior Sergeant in the Townsville CPIU, he held rank of Detective Sergeant within the Townsville and Cairns Criminal Investigation Branches. Dave also held the position of Officer in Charge of the Cooktown and Thursday Island Criminal Investigation Branch having commenced as a plain clothes detective in the Mount Isa Criminal Investigation Branch in 1992. Prior to commencing in plain clothes, Dave undertook general duties policing, including officer in charge in roles in Mackay, Brisbane, Mount Isa, Burketown and Doomadgee. 

Julie Sarkozi - Solicitor, Counselling Notes Protect 

Julie Sarkozi is a solicitor currently employed in the Counselling Notes Protect (CNP), which provides advice, assistance and representation under a new Queensland law, which protects the counselling records of victims of sexual assault or alleged sexual assault from being used in some courts. Julie has worked in private practice and community legal centres for many years. and has experience in personal injury litigation, family law, domestic violence matters and criminal law. Julie has spent years as a solicitor/advocate appearing in Local Court and District Court (NSW), Federal Circuit Court, Magistrates Court and District Court (QLD), Murri Court and the Special Circumstances Court.

The CNP service is a partnership between Legal Aid QLD and Women's Legal Service. Julie has worked for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal and Advocacy Support Service, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and the Women's Legal Service for over six years. 

Beth McKenzie - Accredited Criminal Law Specialist, Mentor and Lawyer, Leo Cussen

Beth is a Mentor in Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the online course. She shared topic coordination responsibility for Criminal Law and Advocacy. As part of her role, Beth teaches in small group sessions with trainees in the intensive foundation skils module at the commencement of the course as well as teaching some of the criminal law and advocacy topics throughout the course. 

Beth has a strong interest in education and mentoring students, which she developed in her work with the Aboriginal Legal Service and at Victoria Legal Aid and she continues to explore this work at Leo Cussen. 

Leah Mooney - Special Counsel, MinterEllison

Leah is best known for helping organisations to identify and understand cyber risk, data breach management and cyber resilience planning. Leah is an Executive Director of Identity Care Australia and New Zealand Limited (IDCAR), a not-for-profit charity and the national support service for data breaches and cyber incidents. IDCARE is co-located with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and collaborates with USV on a number of ventures. Leah works in the legal services team at USC as a senior legal officer specialising in cyber security and privacy.

Leah is also a legal consultant for MinterEllison where she heads the cyber security and privacy practice in the Brisbane office. As part of this role, she coaches clients affected by data breaches in the strategic management of their legal and regulatory obligations. Leah also regularly presents to industry groups on cyber security and privacy developments, and contributes to news and industry publications on these issues.