Hi, I’m Michele!
succession nerd / writer / researcher /
former lawyer / educator / speaker
I am a former lawyer turned researcher and writer.
I am currently undertaking my PhD with the Queensland University of Technology and am a very proud member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR).
I received my law degree from QUT in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2009 and under my Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GradDipLP) at the College of Law. I am admitted as a lawyer in both the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
I have a Masters Degree in Applied Law, specialising in Wills & Estates and in 2019, I became an Adjunct Lecturer for the College of Law and have begun teaching in the Masters of Applied Law (Wills & Estates) program.
I am also a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the STEP Academic Community. I am a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Founding and Current President of the Logan & Scenic Rim Law Association and creator & owner of the Australian Succession & Elder Lawyers LinkedIn Group.
I am regularly invited to speak on a range of topics in the succession and elder law world. You can find a list of my speaking engagements here.
I also have a blog devoted to passion, perserverance and positivity in law at www.madaboutlaw.com.au. In mid-2020, this blog happened to turn itself into a regular column in the Queensland Law Society’s Proctor devoted to wellness in law!
SOME OF MY PROUD MOMENTS IN LAW LIFE
There are so many things I’m proud of in my work and every now and there is a situation that will take my breath away and make me feel incredibly humbled and grateful. Here are few things that have had an impact on me, in some way or another:
- 2020 being welcomed as a regular columnist for the Queensland Law Society’s Proctor Online where I republish my thoughts normally found on my other blog about law life at www.madaboutlaw.com.au.
- 2020 being nominated as a Finalist, Proctor – Best Feature Article Award, 2020 Queensland Law Society Awards for “New Principles for Decision-Makers” piece published in the May 2019 QLS Proctor, Volume 39, Issue 4.
- 2020 being offered a ACHLR Faculty of Law Scholarship to undertake my PhD in succession and elder law.
- 2019 Being appointed an Adjunct Lecturer for The College of Law Queensland.
- 2019 Being commissioned as a contributing author to CCH/Wolters Kluwer “NSW Wills In Practice” legal commentary service.
- 2018 to present, Having some of my blog posts re-published in Legalwise News periodically for current topics and trends.
- 2019 Proctor publishing my piece called “New Principles for Decision-Makers” in the May 2019 QLS Proctor, Volume 39, Issue 4.
- 2016 Founding and launching the Logan & Scenic Rim Law Association.
- 2015 Being honoured with a Fellowship with the College of Law upon completing my Masters.
- 2015 Having this blog feature on a “Best law blogs in Australia” list.
- 2014 Being nominated for the Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, Women Lawyers of Queensland (WLAQ) Annual Awards.
- 2012 to present, Starting the Australian Succession & Elder Lawyers LinkedIn Group and watching it grow to over 1,500 members across the country!
- 2012 to present, Starting my blog here on this site and watching it grow!
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest
There are many things I am passionate about; at the top of that list are things like my family, succession and elder law, education, professional and personal development, mentorship, mental health and wellness within the legal profession, women in the law and professional mums.
I am a passionate succession lawyer. I embarked on a legal career for one reason; to help people. I stay here, writing and researching the law, for the same reason, and I have found a true love in succession and elder law.
I have found my way to the life I currently lead through quite a different path to most. Having not graduated High School after being bullied during my schooling and being the first in three generations of my family to qualify and go to University, I pursued my thirst for knowledge and found my way through perseverance, curiousity and passion. It is the journey that I have travelled that has significantly contributed to my passion to help people in whatever way I can.
I am proud to continue to Lean In to my career and my life. To Lean In is to strive to find the right mix of work and life, thrive and achieve your professional goals and be the best person and parent you can be. An impossible task, right? I cannot fathom a world without both my family and my work. To do only half is to be only half the person I know I am; and half of the person I can be. As a devoted mother and passionate professional, I believe in a world where we can achieve both without guilt, barriers and unconscious bias. I believe in striving to be the best version of ourselves; sometimes that means mixing the right amount of family with the right amount of work and being happy. A recipe for success and happiness.
I take the opportunity to comment on various aspects of daily life as a parent who engages with and leans into their career, and what that looks like. I write about these things as a bit of an outlet but also in the hopes that others can feel comfort that they’re not alone or perhaps be encouraged to speak, think or write about their own experiences and hopefully pay that support forward again to others.
On topics of “mum life” I started using the hashtag #myrealnameismummy to hopefully capture the story; mine and many more.
At home, I am “mummy” to two amazing, compassionate and crazy little dudes. I am also “wifey” to an incredibly kind, talented, and sweet husband.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The views, comments or observations I present in this blog are my own. The contents through this website are general information and not legal advice. You should ALWAYS seek your own legal advice specific to your situation. No exceptions.