How to be a human being and a lawyer too
Keynote Speaker: the Honourable Felicity Hampel QC
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About the Speaker
Felicity was born in Melbourne, the third of nine, predominantly female children. She has studied, worked and lived in Melbourne all her life. She was educated at Monash University.
Coming from a big family, Felicity quickly became accustomed to fighting for her share of parental attention, food and quiet and so easily moved from arguing “its not fair” at home to doing so in the public sphere. She was at the bar by the age of 25. Her practice at the bar was initially predominantly criminal, but later included human rights law.
Felicity has always been a feminist and committed to equality of opportunity. Once at the bar she became more involved with women lawyer organisations, human rights and civil liberties associations, and the Australian Republican Movement. As a commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, she has made recommendations on the reform of defences to homicide, sexual offences, and access to assisted reproductive technology
For many years Felicity and her lawyer husband have taught advocacy skills to lawyers in their spare time. Thus she has a good working knowledge of the practice of the law in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa, the International Criminal Court, and the war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
Felicity is deputy chair of the Board of the Australian Advocacy Institute.
In her other life, Felicity can be found tending her vegetable garden, cooking, reading, listening to opera and doing feminist deconstructions of the librettos. She and her husband are keen skiers and besotted by their labradoodle puppy. Some years ago Felicity did an introduction to welding course and dreams of creating sculptures.
TJMF wishes to acknowledge and thank DLA Piper and the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner for their support of the lecture.