UTS nominee of the Deans, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Law UTS
LLB, BA (Macq), GradCertHEd (UTS), MDR Hons (UTS) Member, Law Society of NSW
Maxine believes in the importance of ethics and its role in professional life, including the legal profession. Maxine’s teaching and research has a focus on the philosophy and practice of ethics, including the connection between legal education and ethics. Her passion has led her to contribute proactively to the legal profession and legal education through her teaching, research and community engagement.
Maxine’s background in legal practice enabled her to take up a clinical practitioner position in the Faculty’s Practical Legal Training (PLT) program, initially as a part-time tutor and since 2004 as a full-time staff member. She was Program Head of PLT from 2009 to 2011. Maxine currently serves as an academic member of the NSW Bar Associations' Professional Conduct Committee and as a member of the Legal Qualifications Committee under the jurisdiction of the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board. She has previously served on the NSW Law Society's Costs Working Committee where she contributed to the Costs Guidebook, a practical resource for solicitors. Maxine has made submissions to several reviews, including advocates immunity, the Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules, the PLT Competencies and the academic requirements for admission.
Maxine expanded her teaching to include the core ethics subject and, on occasions, the dispute resolution subjects. Her commitment to legal education and the student experience is reflected in her roles as Director of Students, First Year Experience Coordinator and Student Ombud. Maxine has researched in the areas of legal practice and the profession, law and education and legal education. Her contribution to these areas is practice-based and collaborative and includes the Good Practice Guide for the TLO (Threshold Learning Outcome) on ‘Ethics and professional responsibility’ (2011, co-authored) and chapters on the ‘Resolution of Student Grievances within Universities’ in Higher Education and the Law (2015, co-authored) and on ‘Resilience and Wellbeing Programs in PLT’ in Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Wellbeing in Australia and Beyond (forthcoming, co-authored).