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The University of Queensland Law Society Incorporated (UQLS) is proud to announce that the 2020 Hall & Wilcox Naida Haxton Lecture will be delivered by The Honourable Chief Justice, Catherine Holmes AC. The topic of the lecture is the independence of the judiciary as discussed in her publication Declaration of Independence in The Australian Legal Review.

Chief Justice Holmes was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2015, having served as a judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal from 2006. Chief Justice Holmes has previously served as Judge of the Queensland Supreme Court (2000-06), Judge of the Queensland Mental Health Court (2000-04) and acting Judge of the District Court of Queensland (1999).

Visit The Honourable Chief Justice's full biography.


About the Naida Haxton Lecture

UQLS is the largest independent student organisation in Queensland and was founded in 1937 by Sir Harry Gibbs. The Society aims to enrich the Law School experience for its members and the academic community. The Naida Haxton Lecture is one of several free events provided by the UQLS in the interests of furthering legal education.

The lecture focuses on legal advocacy and history, and is named after Naida Haxton AM, an alumna of the School of Law who was the first woman to practise as a barrister in Queensland. Ms Haxton was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for her services to the legal industry and to the judiciary. She published her memoir Res Gestae Things Done in 2016.

The inaugural lecture was presented by the Honourable Justice Susan Brown in 2017, the Honourable Justice David Boddice in 2018, and the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG in 2019.

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The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Brisbane
Abel Smith Lecture Theatre (building 23)