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MICHAEL PAMPALONE III
EXCHANGE STUDENT 2000
FOUNDER & OWNER, PAMPALONE LAW

"I saw great benefit in being taken out of my comfort zone and placed in an environment of wonder and a kaleidoscope of perspective," said Michael Pampalone of his time at UOW.


DR JAMES GOUDKAMP
FELLOW AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, KEBLE COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, ENGLAND
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (DISTINCTION) / BACHELOR OF LAWS (HONOURS) (UOW) 2003 
GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL PRACTICE (UOW) 2005 
BACHELOR OF CIVIL LAW (DISTINCTION) (OXFORD) 2007 
MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN LAW (DISTINCTION) (OXFORD) 2008
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (OXFORD) 2011
MASTER OF ARTS (OXFORD) 2012 

For many, achieving success in the world of academia can take years; even a lifetime. Not so for University of Wollongong (UOW) alumnus Dr James Goudkamp, who – little more than a decade after graduating from his bachelor’s degree – has risen to the rank of Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the prestigious University of Oxford.


JILLIAN WALSHE
PROSECUTION OFFICER, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, NSW
BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAWS 1999

From the Sydney Olympic Games legal team, to the Centre for the Environment and Human Rights in Argentina, Jillian Walshe has experienced the diversity of a UOW law career.


CRAIG PRYOR
HEAD OF COMMERCIAL LAW AND ESTATE PLANNING, BELL PARTNERS LEGAL 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, BACHELOR OF LAWS (HONS) 2000
GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL PRACTICE 2001 

After becoming a partner of a law firm at only age 27, Craig Pryor has shown that there is no limit to where a UOW law degree can take you.


PAUL NGUYEN
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, GREENWOODS & FREEHILLS
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2000

Paul Nguyen's ability to think 'outside the square' has taken him to law firms around the globe.


JENNA MACNAB
SENIOR LEGAL OFFICER, DEPARTMENT OF AGEING, DISABILITY AND HOME CARE
BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAWS 1995

The social justice focus of UOW's law degree inspired Jenna Macnab to pursue a career within the Australian Government's Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.


MATTHEW JOHNSON
DIRECTOR, GLOBAL INVESTMENT BANKING, BANK OF AMERICA, SYDNEY
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE, BACHELOR OF LAWS 1999

Matthew Johnson has successfully built a new global investment banking business at America's second largest bank - the Bank of America.


AARON HUGHES
DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL BUSINESS SECTION, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT BRANCH, AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, WATER, HERITAGE AND THE ARTS
BACHELOR OF CREATIVE ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2003
GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL PRACTICE 2003

After working his way through the ranks of the Australian Customs Service, Aaron Hughes is now implementing the Australian Government's environment, heritage and arts  policies and programs.


VANESSA HILL
LAWYER, HENRY DAVIS YORK LAWYERS
BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2005

Vanessa Hill is currently employed as a lawyer in the Commercial Disputes Group at Henry Davis York.


VIRGINIA MARSHALL (FALK)
BACHELOR OF ARTS (HONOURS) / BACHELOR OF LAWS 2002 
GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL PRACTICE 2003 
BACHELOR OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING & EDUCATION (CSU) 
MASTER OF LAWS (ANU)
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (LAW) (MACQUARIE)

Running her legal practice between rural Bowral in NSW and Sydney with a focus on intellectual property, commercial, native title and water law is challenging and rewarding, as UOW graduate Dr Virginia Marshall understands.


MICHAEL HATFIELD
PARTNER, KELLS THE LAWYERS
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2000

Michael Hatfield became a partner at Kells the Lawyers in 2007.


LIZ CRAWFORD
PRINCIPAL SOLICITOR, WESLEY LEGAL SERVICES, WESLEY MISSION
BACHELOR OF CREATIVE ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAWS 1999
GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL PRACTICE 1999

As Principal Solicitor, Liz Crawford is responsible for all of Wesley Mission’s legal needs.


BENJAMIN COLEMAN
ASSOCIATE, LINKLATERS LLP, LONDON
BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2004
GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL PRACTICE 2005

Since graduating, Benjamin Coleman has moved into an Associate role in the Employee Incentives Group at Linklaters in London.


KRYSTYN BAXTER
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, MALLESONS STEPHEN JAQUES, SYDNEY
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2004

Krystyn Baxter is Business Development Manager for one of Australia’s biggest law firms.

ELISA ARCIONI
BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAWS (HONOURS) 2001

Eliza Arcioni's current role as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong involves teaching, research, administration and community engagement.


MITCHELL BROOM
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2010

Volunteering at a not-for-profit law firm was the perfect way for Mitchell Broom to give back to the community.


ELIZABETH ESPINOSA
BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAWS 1995

Having just being elected onto the NSW Law Society Council, Elizabeth Espinosa is the first UOW Law graduate to do so.


NATALIE VISELLI
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2008

Natalie Viselli is providing opportunities for young people to help develop their leadership skills.


MARCEL GORDON
BACHELOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, BACHELOR OF LAWS 2006

Receiving a University Medal upon graduation, it's no wonder Marcel Gordon is working with one of the biggest companies in the world.


BRYONY BINNS
BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF LAW 2002

Bryony Binns has been recognised as a new generation leader in Australia, due to her work in employment and industrial law.


CLAIRE TOEPFER
BACHELOR OF ARTS (COMMUNICATION STUDIES) / BACHELOR OF LAWS 2005 / GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL PRACTICE 2005 

Claire Toepfer developed a strong interest in social justice for Indigenous Australians while she was studying at UOW.


THOMAS SPOHR
BACHELOR OF ARTS 2006 / BACHELOR OF LAWS (HONOURS) 2006

These days Thomas Spohr is likely to be found prosecuting people who play Russian roulette. 


DR PARRY OEI
MASTER OF MARITIME POLICY 1999

From his office window Dr Parry Oei looks out over part of the world's busiest shipping port.


DR ANDREW CANNON
MASTERS OF LAWS (HONOURS) 1997 / PHD, LAW 2001

Dr Andrew Cannon developed a career out of thinking, and rethinking, court processes throughout Australia.


WILLIAM VAN DER STRAATEN
BACHELOR OF ARTS (LEGAL STUDIES)/ BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (CIVIL) 1997

The wheel has turned full circle for UOW-trained William Van Der Straaten.  

Last reviewed: 19 April, 2016