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UNSW Law’s fourth Indigenous judicial officer

UNSW Law’s fourth Indigenous judicial officer

Congratulations to alumnus James Morton (LLB ’03) who has become UNSW Law’s fourth Indigenous judicial officer after Pat O’Shane, Bob Bellear and Matthew Myers. James was sworn in on Friday 12 May, appointed a Queensland magistrate and will serve in Mt Isa.

For some 20 years, James has been a defence barrister, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the NT and Queensland. James has broad criminal law experience and is also a lecturer at QUT Law. He is also a member of the Regional Parole Board and the chair of the Sentencing Advisory Council that has recently been reinstated under Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath.

Reflecting on his time at UNSW James fondly remembers classes in Tom Hickie’s ever-popular Sport & the Law elective – and they’ve remained in touch over the years. He also recalls Phyllis Lee as being a great support to Indigenous students during his time at UNSW Law.

Since James graduated in 2003 UNSW Law has had a further 55 Indigenous Law students graduate. At present, the Faculty has 60 Indigenous students enrolled in our Law programs; including the current first year cohort of 17 students across the JD, LLB and Humanities Pathway Programs.

Congratulations James as you embark on your new role.