Meet the Team

Project leader

Dr Mary Heath, Associate Professor, Flinders Law School, Flinders University.Mary

Mary has a doctorate in law and has published in legal education, criminal law and legal philosophy. In 2006, she was awarded a Carrick Citation and a Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching. She is a review board member of the International Journal on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. At Flinders Law School she has served multiple terms as Associate Dean (Teaching), been supported by a Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant, served on multiple education-focused committees at school, faculty and institutional level and served as a reference group member for nationally-funded legal education projects. She has led multiple teams to complete teaching and learning projects on time and on budget. Mary has a long history of leadership in building collaborative teams, negotiating with stakeholders and facilitating decision-making, outcomes and action within higher education and in the community sector.

She is currently working on a co-authored book proposal, and writing articles on communities of practice and on teaching rape law. She was the co-holder of a Flinders ‘Embedding Transition Pedagogy Principles Across the First Year Curriculum’ grant on a project which ran until the end of 2014.

Project Team

Anne Hewitt, Associate Professor, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide.anne

Anne has published extensively in the field of teaching and learning, completed Graduate Certificates in Higher Education and Online Learning and been awarded individual and team teaching awards, including a 2009 ALTC Citation. Anne has experience in working with and managing teams, including as Project Leader of the pilot stage of Smart Casual. She contributed a chapter on this topic to Excellence and Innovation in Legal Education (LexisNexis, 2011). Anne has been Associate Dean Learning and Teaching for Adelaide Law School, and is associate editor of the Legal Education Review.

Professor Mark Israel, Adjunct Professor of Law and Criminology, Flinders University; Adjunct Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia.

Mark has a degree in law and postgraduate qualifications in sociology, criminology and education from Oxford, Cambridge and Flinders Universities respectively. He has over 75 publications in the areas of higher education and research policy, research ethics and integrity, exile and migration, criminology and socio-legal studies. His books include South African Political Exile in the United Kingdom (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999) and Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists: Beyond Regulatory Compliance (Sage, 2015). Mark is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom, a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (2010) and a Fellow (2009) and Discipline Scholar (2010) of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. He received the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2004 and the inaugural American Society of Criminology Teaching Award in 2010. In 2014, he completed three years on the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching’s Awards Standing Committee. Mark was Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia from 2010-16 where he taught criminology and socio-legal studies. In 2014, he was Chair of UWA’s Bachelor of Arts Board of Studies. In 2015, he became Deputy Chair of its Academic Board. He left UWA in 2016, but still holds a visiting position in the Faculty of Arts where he teaches social research ethics. He has provided advice to public and private higher education institutions and government organisations in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Dr Natalie Skead, Associate Professor,  Dean of Law, University of Western Australia.


Natalie was the Associate Dean (Students) and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in UWA’s Faculty of Law. She is now Dean of Law.  She has bachelors degrees in commerce and law and completed her doctorate on the confiscation of proceeds of crime. Natalie publishes extensively in the areas of legal education, property law and equity

Natalie has won numerous faculty and university teaching awards and was awarded an ALTC Citation in 2011. She has been involved in several UWA teaching and learning professional development initiatives, including the national Carrick award-winning UWA CATLyst Network delivering teaching support to sessional staff and was integral in the design and implementation of the new JD curriculum at UWA.

Professor Alex Steel, Scientia Education Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.

Alex is a former Associate Dean (Education) and Associate Dean (Academic) of UNSW Faculty of Law and was co-Alexconvenor of the Legal Education Associate Deans Network (LEAD). He is a member of the UNSW Academic Board, and has been involved in development of numerous University and Faculty teaching policies. He is Consultant to the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee where he has developed and drafted Committee’s certification instrument based on Committee of Australian Law Deans, Australian Qualifications Framework and Threshold Learning Outcomes requirements. He has been central to UNSW Law’s curriculum renewal and re-consideration of assessment strategies.

Alex’s publications in legal education focus on the student experience and approaches to assessment. He was commissioned to write the Office of Learning and Teaching auspiced Good Practice Guide for TLO 1(b) Law in Broader Contexts, and co-author the Council of Australian Law Dean’s Good Practice Guide to Teaching Statutory Interpretation.

Alex also teaches and researches in criminal law, and has designed and taught courses across a range of law and non-law programs. He is co-author of the Australia’s leading interdisciplinary criminal law textbook, Criminal Laws, and his publications range across white collar crime, prisons and traffic offences.  Alex is a recipient of numerous learning and teaching awards including a Commonwealth Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2015) and the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2008).

Kate Galloway, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Bond University.


Kate was inaugural co-convenor of the Australian Legal Education Associate Deans (LEAD) Network. In this role Kate was part of the project team funded by an OLT Network Grant to consolidate the LEAD Network, and commissioned and edited 11 Good Practice Guides around the Discipline Standards for Law. Kate is a member of the national Wellness for Law Network, having overseen its social media engagement in its first few years. In 2009, Kate won an ALTC teaching citation based on her leadership in flexible learning in the law curriculum. She has also led institutionally-funded curriculum design projects embedding Indigenous perspectives and on sustainability education in law and business curricula. The latter project she undertook as James Cook University Faculty Curriculum Scholar. As well as researching in her substantive field of property law, Kate has presented and published internationally on legal education including on the first year experience, sustainability education, professional identity, student wellbeing, property law education and internationalisation of the curriculum. She presently sits on the editorial committee of the Legal Education Review.

Smart Casual is supported by  an Expert Reference Group including:

  • Associate Professor Michael Blissenden, School of Law, University of Western Sydney
  • Associate Professor Donna Buckingham, Faculty of Law, University of Otago and Member of Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence, New Zealand
  • Professor Denise Chalmers, University of Western Australia
  • Professor Stephen Colbran, Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Head, Discipline of Law, School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University
  • Dr Marina Harvey, Learning and Teaching Centre, Macquarie University
  • Dr Michelle Lasen, Senior Lecturer and Academic Developer, James Cook University
  • Siobhan Lenihan, Adviser to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Deakin University
  • Associate Professor Claire Macken
  • Professor Paul Maharg, Australian National University and Nottingham Law School
  • Judith McNamara, Assistant Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
  • Judith Marychurch, Assistant Dean, Teaching, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Maree Sainsbury, Chair CALD Sub-Committee on Legal Education and Student Matters, and Head of School of Law and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra
  • Professor Prue Vines, Director of First Year Studies, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Vicki Waye, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Business School, University of South Australia
  • Professor Julian Webb, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Asmi Wood, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University