The Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC (Chair)
Margaret McMurdo was President, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland from 1998 until her resignation on 26 March 2017, an Assistant Public Defender from 1977 to 1989 and she practised at the Bar from 1989 until 1991 when she became the first woman and the youngest person to be appointed to the District Court of Queensland.
Margaret was awarded an honorary doctorate from Griffith University in 2001 and the Centenary Medal in 2003 and in 2006 she received the Agnes McWhinney award from the Queensland Law Society for outstanding professional contribution by a woman lawyer. She was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the law and judicial administration in Queensland, particularly in areas of legal education and women’s issues.
In 2009, she received an honorary degree from the Queensland University of Technology and in 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Queensland. Margaret was a founding committee member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Queensland and its president in 1980-81.
She is a founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of the American Law Institute, an adjunct professor at the T C Beirne school of law, University of Queensland, and the inaugural judge in residence at the law school of Southern Cross University.
Margaret is currently chair of the board of Legal Aid Queensland and patron of Women’s Legal Service, Caxton Legal Service, and LawRight’s Civil Justice Fund.