Alumni Profiles – Schools of Law, Sydney and Fremantle

Sydney Alumni Profiles

Katie Webster
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Katie Webster graduated from The University of Notre Dame Australia Law School (Sydney Campus) with an LLB (Hon)/BComm in 2013. While a law student, Katie served as the Vice President of the University of Notre Dame Law Society, she was the editor of the Law Review and she participated in the Client Interview Competition. Katie currently works as a Federal Prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

“Studying Law at Notre Dame was a truly engaging experience,” says Katie. “The small class sizes provided for in depth discussions during every Seminar that really allowed for the opportunity to clarify technical issues in case law and legislation, as well as their practical implications. Since graduating, I have often found that Notre Dame graduates have a greater knowledge of the practical aspects of key areas of law, as compared to other graduates. The excellent lecturer that I had during Criminal Law units, and the contacts made through the University, was a key reason why I applied for my current position.”
Katie Kavanaugh
Griffith Hack Lawyers
Katie Kavanaugh graduated with from The University of Notre Dame Australia Law School (Sydney Campus) with an LLB (Honours) and a BA (Behavioural Science) in 2013. While a law student, Katie completed an honours thesis, was an Australian Student Law Society National Essay Competition Finalist and was a contributor to The Final Verdict Newsletter. Katie also won the following prizes while a law student: the LexisNexis Prize for Dux of Principles of Equity, the Hicksons Prize for Dux of Trade Practices Law and the Herro Foundation Prize for Dux of Property Law B. Katie was also highly commended for Torts and highly commended for Criminal Law A - Procedure. Katie currently works as an Associate at Griffith Hack Lawyers, a specialist Intellectual Property Law Firm.

Katie says the following about her time at Notre Dame, “studying law at UNDA gave me an educational experience that was crucial to prepare me for professional legal practice. I was far better prepared for professional legal practice than many of my peers who attended larger universities. The small class sizes and the ease of interacting with my lecturers was key to my learning experience. I could tailor my education experience to meet my personal needs. I also learned how to conduct myself in a highly ethical manner and learned many important professional values.”
Jaimee Burke
A R Conolly & Company Lawyers
Jaimee graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney Campus) in 2014. While a student, she participated in various moots and open days. Jaimee currently works as a Solicitor and Benchmark Producer. A R Conolly & Company Lawyers publishes Benchmark, which is a daily review of important cases from Australia’s superior courts. Benchmark also publishes videos that discuss cases that were reported in the daily bulletin in addition to important and diverse legal topics.

Jaimee says the following about her time at Notre Dame, “the University gave me an encouraging and positive environment that enabled me to develop close connections with both staff and other students. The close knit group offered the opportunity to interact with lecturers and gain a detailed understanding of the law. All staff treated me as an individual and always gave me the time when I needed further assistance or guidance. I particularly appreciated Notre Dame’s focus on ethics, which is so important to being a lawyer.”
Josephine Sheehan
Solicitor, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Josephine Sheehan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney Campus) in 2014. While a Notre Dame student, Josephine participated in the following activities: student mentoring, University Games, Open Days and inter-faculty sports competitions. She also studied at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle Campus) for one semester.

“The core relationships I formed with my lecturers and peers during my time at Notre Dame was fundamental to my post graduate success,” says Josephine. “I am most grateful for the continuous support and encouragement to contribute to group discussions, to ask questions and to be engaged with my peers and the world around me. I was always encouraged, supported and valued as an individual. I am very proud to call myself a graduate of The University of Notre Dame Australia.”
Rochelle Schuenker
Minter Ellison
Rochelle graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney Campus) in 2014. She previously graduated with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Honours) at the University of Sydney. Rochelle was involved in three mentoring programs while at Notre Dame - St Thomas More Law Society Mentorship Program, Allens Mentoring Program and King & Wood Mallesons Mentoring Program. Rochelle also kept herself busy tutoring junior students, participating in mooting and advocacy workshops and was a Student Ambassador for the University.

Rochelle notes that “Notre Dame gives students the opportunity to learn from world class lecturers in a collaborative and encouraging environment. Notre Dame's small class sizes allow students the opportunity to interact with the lecturers and gain a greater understanding of the material. Notre Dame also offers mentoring and coaching programs which gives students a platform to network with leading legal practitioners within the industry.”
Carly Stephens
Curwood Lawyers
Carly graduated with an LLB (Hons) in 2014 from The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney Campus) in 2014. She previously graduated with a BEc from the University of Sydney in 2010. Carly is currently a lawyer at Curwood Lawyers. Carly mentored students while she was a Notre Dame student and she participated in the annual Staff v Student Tennis Day. She is still involved at Notre Dame and spoke to prospective students at the University’s 2015 Open Day.

According to Carly, “the decision to return to study and take on a Bachelor of Laws, after previously completing a Bachelor of Economics at another university, was a big one - but from the moment I started at Notre Dame I knew it was the right one, as I truly enjoyed my time there. The people are what make the University and the Law School great - and as students we felt incredibly lucky to have such caring, friendly, supportive, passionate and knowledgeable staff. The staff were always approachable and more than willing to help out in whatever way they could, which created such a positive and welcoming atmosphere.”

Fremantle Alumni Profiles

Johanna Lawlor
The University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle Campus)
Johanna Lawlor graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2015. While a student she worked part-time as a paralegal at Clyde & Co. Johanna is currently an LLM student at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle Campus). Professor Doug Hodgson is her principal supervisor and the title of her thesis is Whether State Parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention can Justify - as a Matter of Law rather than Pragmatism - Suspending Convention Rights to Refugees: a Case Study on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Johanna also works as a casual tutor at the Law School.

“Studying at Notre Dame was one of the best decisions I have made,” says Johanna. “It has not only given me the solid academic foundation which has allowed me to successfully work in a leading international law firm in Perth, it has also provided me with strong friendships I still value today. The supportive environment, down-to-earth staff, and overall genuine interest in students, has encouraged me to continue with post-graduate studies at Notre Dame as well as teach at the University. As a result of my Notre Dame study, doors have opened for me, and they continue to open, which I am forever grateful for.”
Ntuthuko Mcingolwane
Emeris Lawyers Pty Ltd t/a Michael Joubert Barristers & Solicitors
Ntuthuko Mcingolwane graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law, Fremantle Campus, with an LLB in 2012. He has since started working as a lawyer and a Migration Agent at Emeris Lawyers Pty Ltd t/a Michael Joubert Barristers & Solicitors, a firm in Bunbury, Western Australia’s Southwest.

Ntuthuko says the following about his time at Notre Dame, “I need to acknowledge my lecturers at Notre Dame for the rigorous training that has more than adequately prepared me for life in practice. I found that Notre Dame, as opposed to my previous University, had a much more practical approach towards teaching. Most of the units really focused on practical aspects of the law. I was able to quickly grasp how the Australian legal system worked and this was essential in preparing me for legal practice.”
Kaley Ohariw
Clayton Utz
Kaley Ohariw graduated from The University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Fremantle, with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce in 2012. During her studies, she served as Vice President and then President of the Notre Dame Law Students Society. She also participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and was a University Student Ambassador.

Kaley says the following about her time at Notre Dame: "I enjoyed studying law at the University of Notre Dame Australia because it offered me the opportunity to interact closely with my peers and the faculty in a supportive environment. Like any degree, law requires a disciplined approach to study and can have its challenges. Notre Dame fosters a community minded culture that lets students know they are not alone and that there is somewhere to turn to for support or just a laugh. As well as excellent academic opportunities, Notre Dame offers students the chance to participate in a range of extracurricular activities to complement their legal studies. Notre Dame provided me with a solid foundation of practical, legal, interpersonal and analytical skills that have given me the confidence to excel in my current legal career at Clayton Utz."
Kyle Moss
Gilbert + Tobin
Kyle Moss graduated in 2013 from the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Fremantle, with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance. While a law student, he participated in the following competitions: trial advocacy, senior moot, negotiation and client interview. Kyle was awarded the Geraldine Byrne Prize for Service to the School of Law in 2012. Kyle is currently a graduate at Gilbert+Tobin.

Kyle stated the following about his time at the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law: “Notre Dame not only provided me with the technical, analytical and social justice awareness that I needed to succeed in obtaining a graduate position but it also provided me with the confidence I needed to take on the challenges of entering the legal profession. With academics and practicing lawyers taking lectures it provided real insight and diversity into not only the law, but also the profession itself. With such a practical focus being placed in all law units at Notre Dame it was an easy transition into working life as I had already obtained many of the key practical skills required of a junior lawyer. The reason I enjoyed Notre Dame was because of the quality of the lecturers and the fact that they really are interested in helping you succeed at university so you are in the best place possible to succeed when entering into the profession.”
Annabel Keogh
FTI Consulting
Annabel Keogh (nee Hay) graduated from The University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Fremantle, with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Politics in 2007. Annabel initially worked as an Associate to His Honour Justice Neville Owen of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, assisting in the delivery of the historical Bell Group judgment, one of Australia's longest-running legal proceedings.

Following completion of articles at law firm Jackson MacDonald, Annabel worked as a communications and external affairs advisor for an international advisory firm and in-house. Annabel specialises in advice related to government relations and regulatory processes and has worked with major listed and non-listed clients, with particular emphasis on the banking, energy, and mining and resources sectors. She also provides advice as a member of a range of not-for-profit boards and community organisations, drawing on her legal and public relations experience to assist organisations to meet their strategic aims.

Annabel said the following about attending Notre Dame: "Notre Dame's law school program assisted my career by providing the opportunity to explore the broader impact of law on business and government, particularly subjects such as legal philosophy and through the honours program. Students were encouraged to look beyond the practical and immediate impact of case law on parties, and consider the effect of precedent on future disputes and industry overall. I also enjoyed Notre Dame's supportive environment and genuine interest in students, which provided me with both a great education and the confidence to use my experience outside of traditional legal roles."
Tina McAulay
Francis Burt Chambers
Tina McAulay graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Fremantle, with a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts, certificate in arbitration and a post graduate diploma in Construction and Building Law in 2006. Whilst an UNDA student, she participated in moots, including the prestigious Vis moot. Tina joined the bar in November 2011. She is proud to be the first UNDA graduate to join the bar in Western Australia. Tina also serves as the secretary of the Western Australian Bar Council, the Vice President of Women Lawyers Western Australia and is part of the ad hoc committee for Notre Dame Alumni.

Tina states the following about her time at UNDA’s School of Law: “I enjoyed studying at the UNDA School of Law for many reasons. An important reason was its small class sizes, they helped you to learn in a more practical way, form relationships with other students and the staff. I have retained these relationships over the years. The School of Law has a very friendly atmosphere and staff bend over backwards to accommodate dedicated students. The subjects available also helped me make the decision to choose Notre Dame, as I chose advocacy focused units and enjoyed participating in the extracurricular competitions such as the student association, mooting and mock trials. Finally, I loved the location of UNDA’s Fremantle campus: it is right in the middle of beautiful Fremantle.”
Matthew Keogh
Herbert Smith Freehills
Matthew Keogh graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Fremantle, with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Laws in 2004. He is currently a Senior Associate in the Herbert Smith Freehills disputes team, with particular experience in corporate regulation, investigations and enforcement, white collar crime, anti-bribery and corruption. Matthew is also a Vice President of the Law Society of Western Australia and is Chair of the Australian Young Lawyers Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

After completing his articles at the small suburban law firm of Travers & Keogh, Matthew worked for over four years in the Commercial Prosecutions branch of the Perth office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. During this time he advised on and carried out prosecutions of white collar, corporate and other federal offences including insider trading, breaches of directors duties, market misconduct, fraud, and customs offences.

Since graduation, Matthew has been recognised locally and nationally for his dedication to the legal profession and extensive community service. In 2009, Matthew was awarded Australian Young Lawyer of the Year for his support of junior members of the legal profession while Convenor of the Western Australian Young Lawyers Committee, as well as his extensive work with community organisations assisting victims of domestic violence, local church groups and in government policy development. He is also part of the global Financial Services Regulatory group at Herbert Smith Freehills, and assists with the firm's pro bono work.

Matthew says that he loved the UNDA School of Law’s small size, because "you got to know nearly everyone you studied with and got to know the lecturers personally, not just as a number. Notre Dame Law also took a realistic approach to teaching a practical degree. Law is about theory but also putting into practice; Notre Dame showed you how to do that."
Ashley Jordana
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Ashley Jordana graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Fremantle, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations and a Bachelor of Laws in 2012. She’s originally from Canada so the idea of being able to study at a university near the beach in a beautiful country appealed to her.

Ashley says, “coming from North America it’s usual that universities educate thousands of students a year, it’s easy to feel lost because the schools seem big and impersonal. I loved ND because it was small enough to run into the same faces everyday but it was large enough to still meet and make new friends even after years of being there.”

Ashley moved back to Canada after completing her degrees because she missed her family. She found it easy transferring her law degree to the Canadian system. As a result of completing her law degree at UNDA, she only had to complete four written tests, as opposed to a maximum of sixteen written tests.
Chris Rosario
Allion Legal
Chris Rosario graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Fremantle, with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 2007. Chris worked at Allens Arthur Robinson before moving to Allion Legal, where he works as a Senior Associate in Allion Legal’s Corporate Practice Group - Mergers & Aquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Advisory. Chris will move to Sydney soon to help Allion Legal open a new interstate office as part of the firm’s development.

Chris stated the following about his time at UNDA’s School of Law: "The University of Notre Dame Law School's small class sizes, approachable academic staff and emphasis on practicality prepared me well for the demands and challenges of modern legal practice. It also opened up opportunities for me to study overseas, gain real world experiences and pursue my legal interests in a collegiate and supportive environment, with gifted and approachable academic staff."
Nicholas Wilson
Norton Rose (Hong Kong)
Nicholas Wilson graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Fremantle, with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting) in 2007. Nicholas is an Associate in the Corporate Finance Team at Norton Rose (Hong Kong). He previously worked at Norton Rose (Perth). Nicholas has worked on different types of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. He has also worked on initial public offerings and capital raisings.

Nicholas stated the following about his time at Notre Dame’s School of Law: “I enjoyed studying at the School of Law because of the School's size; which I believe made staff accessible and courses personal. I also think the School, and Notre Dame generally, provided me with a great many opportunities and I'm very grateful to the School and University for this.”