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Former Federal Court judges in residence at UNSW Law

Two former Federal Court judges have traded the courtroom for the classroom in 2013, with UNSW Law this month welcoming the Hon Ronald Sackville QC AO and the Hon Margaret Stone to its teaching and research ranks.

Combined, they bring almost 30 years of experience from the Federal Court of Australia to the Law School, where they have both taught previously.

Justice Stone will return to UNSW Law after a 12 year career at the bench where she specialised in taxation, corporations and intellectual property law.

Prior to joining the judiciary she had a distinguished academic career, teaching at the Law School for over 15 years, including a role as Sub-Dean in 1981.

In 1993, Justice Stone accepted a partnership at Freehill Hollingdale & Page where she solidified her reputation as one of Australia's leading authorities in the field of property and equity law, representing significant commercial and retail developments, property joint ventures and infrastructure projects.

Justice Sackville was Dean of UNSW Law from 1979 to 1981 and went on to become Chairman of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission until 1984. The next year he was called to the bar and was elevated to Queen’s Counsel in 1991.

In 1994 he embarked on a 15 year career in the Federal Court, and has also served as Commissioner for Law and Poverty on the Australian Government Commission of Inquiry into Poverty (1973-1975), Chairman of the South Australian Royal Commission into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs (1979-1981) and Chair of the Access to Justice Advisory Committee (1993-1994). In 1992 he was an Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (1992).

He has held academic posts at McGill University (Montreal), Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University (New York), Cornell University (New York) and New York University and received  an Honorary Doctorate from UNSW in 2002.

In 2009, all these achievements were recognised with the title of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Although Justice Sackville stepped down from the Federal Court in 2008 he is still an acting judge for the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW. He will teach the course, Australian Judiciary: Judging and Judicial Process this semester.

Justice Sackville will speak about his illustrious career at the public lecture series, Justice Talks, in late March. Both Justice Sackville and Justice Stone join other distinguished identities in residence, including Justice Keith Mason AO and Nicholas Cowdery AM.