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Melbourne University Law Students' Society

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Date: 16/05/2019

Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

Location: Room 102

We are absolutely stoked to have Ms Kristen Walker QC, the Solicitor General of Victoria, coming to speak to us for this year’s Queer Annual Lecture. She will be speaking on the topic “LGBTI rights law reform and litigation: some personal reflections.”

Ms Walker is one of Australia’s most distinguished advocates and legal scholars, recognised around Australia as a leading expert in constitutional, administrative and human rights law.

Ms Walker has appeared regularly in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Federal Court in cases involving constitutional, administrative and human rights law. Prior to her appointment as senior counsel she often appeared as junior to the Solicitors-General for Victoria and the Commonwealth.

Ms Walker has frequently advised the Victorian and Australian Governments on constitutional, statutory interpretation and administrative law issues.

From 2011 to 2012, Ms Walker was legal adviser to the high-profile Independent Inquiry into the Media and Media Regulation, conducted by Ray Finkelstein QC.

Ms Walker is a Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she has lectured in constitutional, administrative and international law, and written advocacy, since 1994. She was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Law School in New York from 1998 to 2000, and a visiting professor at the University of Arizona, James E Rogers College of Law in 2004. Ms Walker was an associate to Sir Anthony Mason, Chief Justice of Australia, from 1993 to 1994.

Ms Walker was admitted to legal practice in 1993, signed the Bar Roll in 2004, and was appointed senior counsel in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, where she won the Supreme Court Prize for best law graduate.

She also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School, New York, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar.

Ms Walker was appointed Solicitor General in November 2017.

There will be light refreshments and wine provided on the night. This event is sponsored by MinterEllison and Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Please message us for any dietary requirements or accessibility needs.

This event is for queers and allies. We want these events to be a safe space for all—whether queer and out of the closet, queer and in the closet, questioning, or an ally. To create this space, we ask that you don’t ask or make any assumptions about fellow attendees and where they fit on the rainbow.

This event takes place on stolen Wurundjeri land of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging as well as any First Nations folk attending. Sovereignty was never ceded. As the queer portfolio, we acknowledge that queer First Nations folk experience disproportionate rates of trans- and/or homophobia and marginalisation. We strive to challenge the intersections of racism and trans- and/or homophobia that cause this discrimination.

The queer portfolio supports the Pay the Rent campaign, which recognises Aboriginal ownership and sovereignty over this land. 10 percent of the total budget of this event has been donated to the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service to pay the rent.

Contact

Daniel Bennett-Spark

Queer Director

queer@mulss.com

Eleanor Ryan

Queer Director

queer@mulss.com