Monash Law School trio appointed to Federal Court

Three Monash Law School alumni have received the honour of being appointed to the Federal Court of Australia.

Bachelor of Laws graduates The Honourable Justice Tony Pagone, The Honourable Justice Jennifer Davies and Ms Debbie Mortimer SC were recommended to the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC, as suitable for appointment to the Federal Court on June 13, 2013.

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Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Laws 1976, 1977 and 1979 respectively, Justice Pagone went on to become a member of staff at Monash University holding various teaching positions, including senior lecturer in law from 1980 to 1992. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1980, practicing as a judge in 2007. His specialties include tax, commercial law, administrative law and civil rights, and he has also published several books and articles including Tax Avoidance in Australia.

Justice Davies graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws in 1978. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a barrister and solicitor in 1980, and was appointed as a judge in 2009. Nowadays, Justice Davies organizes the commercial law seminars for the legal profession, which are conducted by Monash University, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Bar.

One of the few women with High Court practice, Ms Mortimer has undertaken a wide range of cases at the Bar, specializing in administrative and constitutional law, anti-discrimination and extradition.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1985 and 1987, Ms Mortimer was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1988 and later taught torts, property law and evidence in the Monash University Faculty of Law . She is also the author of several publications, including co-authoring the student textbook Evidence.

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