School of Law and Society staff - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Glenn Ferguson

Glenn Ferguson AM

Adjunct Professor and Managing Director, Ferguson Cannon Lawyers

Glenn is a Past President of the Law Council of Australia, LAWASIA and the Queensland Law Society.

He is a Founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Honorary Fellow of the College of Law,  Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Notaries.

He is Chair of WorkCover Queensland and Lexon Insurance.

He has been appointed by both Federal and State Governments to various advisory boards and task forces in the legal, migration and business sectors.

Glenn has also held or continues to hold a number of board positions in both the public and private sector in the insurance, superannuation, education, sport, charity and information technology areas including chairing a publicly listed company.

In 2010 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Expert Panel to consider the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution.

In the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Glenn was made a Member of the Order of Australia “For significant service to the law and to the legal profession, both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific region, and to the community”.

Julian Porter

Julian Porter

Adjunct Lecturer and Principal Solicitor, Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc.

Julian Porter is Principal Solicitor at Suncoast Community Legal Service and has twenty years' experience in the government and community legal sectors. Admitted as a legal practitioner in 1995 he rose through the ranks to Senior Legal Officer in the Appeals and Prosecutions section at Crown Law. After a stint working in London, a career change beckoned. While pursuing his love of writing never ended up paying the bills, his journalism qualification and five years of graft as a part-time freelancer sharpened his communication skills for a new challenge in the community sector. Firstly within disability advocacy group QAI, then for the past seven years at Suncoast CLS, Julian has enjoyed the challenge of building an organisation and its capacity and working with volunteers to assist people from situations of disadvantage. The involvement with University of Sunshine Coast students in the Law Clinic is yet another reason Julian is pleased he ended up sticking with the law.

Sarah Brown

Professor of Forensic Psychology, Faculty Research Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science

Professor Brown has been conducting research related to sexual aggression for over 20 years. She is a Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Professor Brown is the Chair-Elect of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NOTA) and a Fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an Advisory Board Member of the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse. She is an Associate Editor of Child Abuse and Neglect and a member of the Editorial Board of Sexual Abuse and the Journal of Sexual Aggression having been the Editor of the latter journal from 2008 to 2014.

Dimity Adams

Senior Research Fellow, School of Law and Criminology - SVRPU 

Ms Dimity Adams is a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Law and Criminology, and core member of the SVRPU. She is a registered Psychologist with a Masters Degree in Psychology (Clinical) and a Post-graduate Certificate in Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing. Dimity's clinical experience is primarily in the prevention, assessment and treatment of forensic concerns (e.g. offending and antisocial behaviours). Dimity is considered a practice leader in the assessment and treatment of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who have committed sexual offences and has considerable experience working in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland. Dimity has led program development and delivery in the areas of the treatment and prevention of sexually abusive behaviours, as well as consulting to a variety of organisations on the prevention of sexually abusive behaviours within institutions. Dimity has project management experience and has been a chief investigator on large externally funded research projects.