Notable alumni and emerging leaders

The TC Beirne School of Law has always produced outstanding students of law.

With the re-imagination of the Forgan Smith building it will continue to attract the best and brightest young people destined to excel in their profession and make a difference to the world both at home and abroard. This page presents just a few examples of the many outstanding achievements of our alumni.

Catherine Drummond

University of Queensland Law alumna Catherine Drummond undertook an internship with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, a tribunal set up to prosecute the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Watch her reflect on the support from The University of Queensland community, and her work with the tribunal.

"UQ gave me the skills and knowledge to create my own path. When I was a student at UQ, I was inspired by the passion of some of my lecturers, by the opportunities available to do research projects and internships, and the support provided by the law school."

Lachlan CampbellLachlan Campbell

Twenty three year old student Lachlan Campbell, undertaking a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics at The University of Queensland, received a fully-funded scholarship from Global Voices to represent young Australians at the G20 Youth Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey. 

"It was a massive opportunity for me because I’m really interested in public policy. Attending the forum gave me the chance to be involved in the process on an international level, and allowed me to voice economic issues that concern young Australians on a global stage.”

Kate Brown De VejarKate Brown de Vejar

Working in Paris, New York and Mexico City, and representing Australia at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, is all part of the amazing career Kate Brown de Vejar embarked on after graduating from the TC Beirne School of Law. Kate credits the moot court programs for kick-starting her international career. 

"The legal education I received was first rate because it taught me how to think, reason and strategise. The moot experience opened my eyes to a world of possibilities in terms of practicing law internationally, and participation in the moot is internationally-recognised and valued on a CV.”

Brooke MarshallBrooke Marshall

Brooke Marshall’s degree from the TC Beirne School of Law has given her the opportunity to live and work in some of the world’s most exciting destinations. 

After completing her studies, Brooke secured an internship at the Permanent Bureau of The Hague Conference on Private International Law in The Netherlands in 2013. Brooke now works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany’s most successful research organisation, which has produced 18 Nobel laureates.

"I chose the law school because it had an excellent reputation. The private international law elective really piqued my interest and I was able to complete two exchanges in France. Fantastic experiences academically, linguistically and personally.”

Marikki WategoMarikki Watego

She may have just been part of the winning Australian team at the 2015 World Cup Touch Football competition but there is no time to rest for Marikki Watego. Marikki, who holds a University of Queensland Sport Ambassador Scholarship, is studying at the TC Beirne School of Law and has been working as an intern at Gadens Lawyers. Marikki has taken electives across a broad spectrum of subjects, including family law. 

"In the process of gaining experience and learning, I hope to find the area of law that really resonates with me. With family law it’s great having a practising solicitor teach [us] who is not only passionate and inspiring, but able to provide real world examples of the content we are learning.”

Notable alumni

The Forgan Smith Building has seen many legal professionals pass through its doors, including some of Australia’s finest jurists, practicing lawyers, leading academics and Governors General, and its alumni are to be found in challenging senior positions around the globe, within both the legal profession and the corporate world.

Sir Francis Gerard Brennan, AC, KBE
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO
Sir Walter Campbell, AC
Una Prentice
Una Prentice
De Jersey
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland
The Honourable Leneen Forde AC
The Honourable Justice Patrick Keane AC
Catherine Tanna