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September 30 2010

UniSA welcomes high profile law appointments

Stephen PallarasUniSA has welcomed the appointment of two high profile South Australian legal professionals as Adjunct Professors in the School of Law.
 
Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras and recently retired Justice of the Supreme Court Robyn Layton have joined an elite group of very distinguished lawyers appointed to Adjunct Professorial positions in the School of Law.
 
Dean of the School of Law, Professor Paul Fairall, says UniSA is delighted with the prestigious appointments.
 
“Both Robyn and Stephen bring with them a wealth of experience in advocacy; experience which they are eager to share with our students,” Prof Fairall says.
 
Stephen Pallaras QC has been South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions since 2005. As DPP, he is responsible for the conduct of indictable offences in the Supreme and District Courts. His role includes management of the Office of the DPP, liaison with key stakeholders including the judiciary, courts administration, police, government and the public.
 
Mr Pallaras has over 35 years’ experience as a barrister including work in Victoria, Western Australia and Hong Kong where he worked as prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Chambers. He is a long standing supporter of UniSA Law, and his extensive knowledge of criminal law will greatly benefit law students at UniSA.
 
Robyn LaytonThe Honourable Justice Robyn Layton was admitted to the bar in 1968, launching a dynamic legal career. She practised privately for 10 years, mainly in the areas of industrial, criminal, civil, personal injury and family law. She was appointed as Judge and Deputy President of the South Australian Industrial Court and Commission and served from 1978-1985, before becoming Deputy President of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 1985, a position she held until 1989. She returned to work at the independent bar and in 1992 she took silk, and was later appointed to the Supreme Court bench in 2005. Justice Layton has taught advocacy skills to legal profession and has also delivered judicial education seminars and workshops to judges both internationally and nationally.
 
Justice Layton has been involved in the university sector since 2004. She has chaired the National Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, based at UniSA, since 2007.



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