- Dr Margaret Voight
- Sessional Academic
Faculty of Law,
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Doctor of Juridical Science (Queensland University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
- Doctorate Student (family law).
- Bar Practice Management Committee member.
- Professional evaluator on the inaugural QUT Crime Club 2012 pre-investigative targeting committee.
- Legal Practitioner (Supreme Court Queensland & High Court of Australia).
- Volunteer Legal Practitioner – Community Legal Centre.
- Member – Queensland Law Society.
- Member – Family Law Practitioner’s Association (Qld).
- Member – Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section).
- Member – Lawyers Beyond Borders.
- Member – Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.
- Member – Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland Limited.
Bar Practice, Legal Practice, Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advocacy
Background Margaret holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Master of Laws (QUT). She is currently undertaking a professional doctorate (Doctor of Juridical Science) at the QUT. Her doctorate research entails the identification of best practices for ascertaining children’s views in litigated family law matters with a focus on the role of Independent Children’s Lawyers and Judicial Officers. Margaret is admitted as a legal practitioner (Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia) and her professional experience includes work in private practice (general practice, family law and criminal law), the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and at Legal Aid Queensland (family law, advice lawyer and chairperson family law conferences). She is a volunteer legal practitioner at the Caxton community legal centre and has assisted in providing support in the QUT’s mentor program. Margaret has also worked at the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Child abuse in Government Institutions and Detention Centres, as a legal cadet in the State DPP, managed a small business and taught martial arts. Margaret is committed to community service and education and is a member of various organisations such as: Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (which provides assistance guidance and support to young women in practice); the Family Law Practitioner’s Association of Queensland; Lawyers Beyond Borders, Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section) and the Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland Limited. Awards In 1999, Margaret was invited to join the Golden Key International Honours Society in recognition of scholastic achievement and excellence in her (law) study. She later won the Fox & Thomas Prize at the QUT Legal Practice Unit for the highest GPA entering the Legal Practice Course. In 2008, Margaret was awarded the Inaugural Dianne Smith Family Law Practitioner’s Association Postgraduate Research Scholarship for her Doctorate Research in Family Law. Since coming to QUT full time, Margaret has won teaching and faculty awards including Teaching & Learning Achievement Awards (2010 & 2011); Award for Achievement of the Faculty’s Goals of a Supportive Environment or Partnership & Engagement (2010) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Nominee (finalist) in 2011.
Since 2003 (and in conjunction with legal practice) Margaret has been a sessional academic staff member and taught in the following units:
- Legal Research & Writing
- Family Law (Co-Unit Co-ordinator 2008)
- Law Society & Justice
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
Units Currently Taught
- Margaret currently holds the position of Warden for the Bar Practice Course.
QUT, on behalf of the Bar Association of Queensland, facilitate the management of the barristers training course (known as the Bar Practice Course).