events Family Law Pathways Network

Annual One Day Conference - Opal Cove Coffs Harbour - Friday, 20 May 2022, 9:15 – 4:00 p.m. AEDT (arrive from 8.30am)

Please join Coffs Harbour Family Law Pathways Network to hear from guest speakers Justice Jarrett, Mark MacDiarmid, Dr Virginia Marshall and Liz Yazbek.

Guest Speakers:                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Justice Jarrett

Justice Jarrett was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 8 April, 1989 after completing five years Articles of Clerkship first with Clayton, Murrell & Woolmer and then Hopgood and Ganim (as it then was). 
Justice Jarrett commenced his appointment, initially as a Federal Magistrate, on 2 February, 2004.  He became a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia on 12 April, 2013.  He was appointed a Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Divison 1) (formerly known as the Family Court of Australia) on 15 October, 2021.
His Honour was responsible, along with two other judges of the Brisbane Registry in pioneering new methods of case management that have become the standard across Australia and formalized in the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 and now the Federal Circuit and Family Court Rules (Division 1) 2021. Court ordered mediation in property proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court’s family law jurisdiction using mediators from the profession was also introduced by his Honour and has become standard practice.
Justice Jarrett has been a member of the Federal Circuit Court’s legal committee, various general federal law working groups and information technology committee.                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Mark MacDiarmid: “It’s all about relationship: prioritising people ahead of the system

Mark is a lawyer of over 30 years. He is an Accredited Family Law Specialist, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a registered Family Law Arbitrator. Mark is a former Director of national law firm Gadens Lawyers, a former specialist family law consultant for Coleman & Greig Lawyers, and for many years was the Principal Solicitor of the Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre. As a lawyer, Mark’s practice is currently focused on Independent Children’s Lawyer appointments, and as a mediator he focuses on legally assisted property and parenting mediations. He holds degrees in Arts & Law from the University of Sydney, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. He was recommended as a Family Law Mediator by Doyle’s Guide in 2021 & 2022.



Dr Virginia Marshall                                     

Dr Marshall, Wiradjiri Nyemba yinaa. Virginia is Principal Solicitor/Director in her law firm, Triple BL Legal practising in native title, Traditional Knowledge protection and human rights. Virginia is duty solicitor at the Downing Centre Sydney, formerly a criminal defence solicitor with NSW Legal Aid and         Associate/Researcher for the Federal Court Sydney.

She led the inquiry for income management as Senior Legal Officer with the Australian Law Reform Inquiry into Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws, former committee member for the NSW Law Society (Human Rights, Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and an inaugural member of the Indigenous Issues committee). She is a financial member of the NSW Women’s Lawyers Association. Virginia is also the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University, with the Schools of Regulation & Global Governance & Fenner Environment and Science.

Virginia is the leading legal scholar on Indigenous Australian water rights and recognised by the University of Victoria BC as a Distinguished Woman Scholar. National winner of the AIATSIS WEH Stanner Prize for best Indigenous thesis. Author of the award winning seminal book Overturning Aqua Nullius (2017). Co-Chair of the national Committee on Aboriginal Water Interests to reform the National Water Initiative. She is a member of the Australian National University’s ‘Climate Change Institute’, Human Research Ethics Committee ANU, inaugural Chair of the Indigenous Research Advisory Group ANU, Water Expert for the World Economic Forum, the Australia Capital Territory Champion, human rights adviser and Executive Board member with the Indigenous Peoples Organisation (Australia), member of the Advisory Panel for an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and ‘Water Justice Hub’. Virginia was selected as a UN Pacific Delegate to COP26 in Glasgow 2021 for the Indigenous Peoples Platform meetings.


Liz Yazbek: “Burn out, resilience and self-care while working in the family law space”

Liz is a qualified Social Worker and FDRP. She has extensive experience in adult education, family intervention, youth justice, suicide prevention and domestic and         family Violence training. Liz is CALD and has been a resident of the Coffs Coast for over 30 years. Liz is passionate about our community and now works as an education manager at Lifeline North Coast.
Lucky Door Prizes Sponsored by:

Opal Cove Resort - 1 night in an ocean side deluxe room for two adults with buffet breakfast.           

Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience - for 1 Adult.

Dark Arts Laneway Style Café & Bar in Cox Lane - gift voucher $50.00 
**Prize winners must be in attendance to accept prize**



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