Leaders of Influence

Law graduates receive outstanding honours

Two UQ alumni from the TC Beirne School of Law have received two distinct and worthy accolades in their fields. 

Professor Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis (Bachelor of Arts '97, Bachelor of Laws '99) took out two categories in The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards. Professor Davis was named the overall 100 Women of Influence winner and winner of the public policy category.

Professor Davis is a human rights lawyer and long-term advocate of Indigenous legal and social rights.
In 2010, she was appointed to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and is the first Indigenous Australian to be elected to a United Nations body. 

In May 2017 Davis played a pivotal role in the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart, a statement proposing the establishment of a First Nations Voice in the Australian constitution. She led 12 regional dialogues with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to determine what meaningful recognition would look like to them. 

Professor Davis joins the ranks of UQ alumni, Professor Adele Green AM and Dr Ann Sherry AO, who were named as the overall winners in 2013 and 2015 respectively. 

Professor Davis was also the recipient of The University of Queensland’s Indigenous Community Impact award in 2014. 

Davis is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at the University of New South Wales. 

Jordan English

A University of Queensland graduate has been announced as Queensland’s 2019 Rhodes Scholar.

Rhodes Scholar Jordan English holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from UQ and was awarded a University Medal in Law when he graduated in 2016.

Mr English was an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies Unit ambassador throughout his studies at UQ; he supervised and mentored Indigenous high school students during week-long InspireU Law camps to provide insight into law school life.

He has also mentored students in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Legal Moot.

English has worked with Brisbane law firms in dispute resolution and has acted as a Judge’s Associate for the High Court of Australia.

After completing the Bachelor of Civil Law, Mr English plans to complete an MPhil at Oxford and transition into the DPhil program in the area of obligations with a particular focus on remedies. He will then return to Australia to practise at the Queensland bar with the ultimate aim of being appointed an Indigenous judge of a state or federal court.

Read more about the 2019 Queensland Rhodes Scholar.