Alumni

Emily Gerrard (LLB, BSc 2002) is an environmental law specialist at Allens with experience in climate change, native title, energy and resources matters, as well as environmental markets. She regularly advises clients in relation to the generation and trade of carboncredits, environmental impact assessments and environmental regulation and compliance matters across Australian jurisdictions. She has also acted for clients in response to climate change litigation proceedings, development approval hearings and environmental prosecutions.

In addition to her work at Allens, Emily is involved with research teams and advisory committees relating to the development of carbon market opportunities and 'co-benefit' value capture for investment in Indigenous people's land management and carbon projects. She has participated in roundtable negotiations and meetings with Indigenous leaders, members of the Australian Parliament and Government representatives regarding the treatment of native title interests and Indigenous land tenures under Commonwealth Carbon Farming Initiative legislation. Emily attended the UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris in 2015 and is the Co-Head of the Allens Climate Change Group.


Daniel Hill (LLB, BBus 2010) works as a Parliamentary and Policy Adviser for the NSW Minister for Planning and Member for Pittwater, the Hon. Rob Stokes MP. His role involves providing advice on a variety of policy areas including State Significant Development.  Prior to joining Minister Stokes’ office in 2014, Daniel was a practising solicitor for over two years at a Sydney law firm which specialised in planning and environmental law. He was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2012. While at UNE, Daniel lived on campus at Drummond and Smith College, where he served as an Academic Mentor, and was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. Together with his brother Tim, he was instrumental in establishing the Drummond and Smith Law Society, which in 2010 hosted the annual Law Ball in which the Hon. Michael Kirby was the guest speaker. Daniel served as the Society’s President in his final year. He holds fond memories of his time at both Drummond and Smith College and UNE.


Natasha Schumacher (LLB, BBus 2012) works as an Employed Solicitor in general practice at a law firm in Maryborough, Queensland. Natasha practises mainly in the areas of criminal and family law and also appears as Duty Solicitor in the Magistrates Court . Natasha was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2013 and practised in a small firm in Gunnedah , New South Wales, prior to moving to Maryborough. Whilst at UNE, Natasha lived on campus in Drummond and Smith College for the duration of her degree. While residing at Drummond and Smith, Natasha served as a member of the Drummond and Smith Law Society and was also an Academic Mentor in both Business and Law and Senior Academic Mentor. As Senior Academic Mentor Natasha was also involved in the establishment of the annual Intercollegiate Academic Competition. She was awarded a university medal and commendation.


Commissioner Inaam Tabbaa AM (LLB 1999) is a member of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) and chair of its Education Committee. In 2012, she received the Order of Australia for service to industrial relations in New South Wales and to the community. From 1973-1991, she worked for the Master Builders' Association (MBA) of NSW during which she received a number of promotions within its industrial department. At the time of her appointment to the NSW IRC as a commissioner in 1991, she served as the MBA’s Executive-Officer of Industrial Relations and Safety with a staff of 16 and undertook advocacy work in the federal and state industrial jurisdictions. While working full-time at the MBA, she completed a diploma in Labour Relations & the Law and a Bachelor of Business degree. From February 2009 - September 2009, she served as an Acting Magistrate with the Local Courts of NSW. She completed her LLB degree at UNE while working full-time at the NSW IRC.


Professor John Tarrant (LLB 2003) works part-time as an academic at the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Australia. He also practices part-time as a barrister in Sydney and is a legal officer in the RAAF. In addition to these legal roles, he has recently taken up the role of chairman of a newly registered tertiary institute in Sydney which plans to provide business and IT courses to overseas students. Along with his degree at UNE, he has obtained a doctorate in law and masters degrees in law and defence studies as well as qualifications in arbitration and teaching. He has published widely on many areas of the law. He has published three books: Amending Final Judgments and Orders (The Federation Press, 2010); Disqualification for Bias (The Federation Press, 2012) and Deregistration and Reinstatement of Companies and Schemes (LexisNexis, 2013).