Dr Margaret Voight
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BiographyBackground Margaret holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Master of Laws (QUT) and a professional doctorate (Doctor of Juridical Science) QUT. Her doctorate research entailed the identification of best practices for ascertaining children’s views in litigated family law matters with a focus on the role of Independent Children’s Lawyers and Judicial Officers. Margaret is admitted as a legal practitioner (Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia) and her professional experience includes work in private practice (general practice, family law and criminal law), the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and at Legal Aid Queensland (family law, advice lawyer and chairperson family law conferences). She is a volunteer legal practitioner at a community legal centre and has assisted in providing support in the QUT’s mentor program. Margaret has also worked at the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Child abuse in Government Institutions and Detention Centres, as a legal cadet in the State DPP, managed a small business and taught martial arts. Margaret is committed to community service and education and is a member of various organisations such as: CLEAA, WLAQ, FLPA (Qld), Rotary, SES, and formerly Lawyers Beyond Borders, Law Council of Australia and the Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland Limited. Awards In 1999, Margaret was invited to join the Golden Key International Honours Society in recognition of scholastic achievement and excellence in her (law) study. She later won the Fox & Thomas Prize at the QUT Legal Practice Unit for the highest GPA entering the Legal Practice Course. In 2008, Margaret was awarded the Inaugural Dianne Smith Family Law Practitioner’s Association Postgraduate Research Scholarship for her Doctorate Research in Family Law. Since coming to QUT full time, Margaret has won teaching and faculty awards including Teaching & Learning Achievement Awards (2010 & 2011); Award for Achievement of the Faculty's Goals of a Supportive Environment or Partnership & Engagement (2010) and the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence Nominee (finalist) in 2011.
Bar Practice, Legal Practice, Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advocacy
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Juridical Science (Queensland University of Technology)
Professional memberships and associations
- Doctor of Juridical Science (family law).
- Legal Practitioner (Supreme Court Queensland & High Court of Australia).
- Volunteer Legal Practitioner - Community Legal Centre.
- Member - Queensland Law Society.
- Member - CLEAA - Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia.
- Member - Women Lawyers Association of Queensland & former committee member.
- Member - Family Law Practitioner’s Association (Qld).
- Former Member - Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section).
- Former Member - Lawyers Beyond Borders.
- Former Member - Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland Limited.
- Former Bar Practice Management Committee member.
- Professional evaluator on the inaugural QUT Crime Club 2012-2013 pre-investigative targeting committee.
- Rotary member.
- SES volunteer.
- Legal Research & Writing.
- Family Law (Co-Unit Co-ordinator 2008).
- Law Society & Justice.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution.
- Civil Procedure.
- Formerly the Warden (Director) of the Bar Practice Course (barrister training).
Since 2009 Margaret has taught post graduate subjects in the practical legal training course at various institutions both in the 'face to face' context and online (zoom) teaching. The areas taught and mentored include:
- Lawyers skills - including ethics, interviewing, writing and drafting, resilience in practice, risk managment and problem solving, advocacy, and negotiation and dispute resolution.
- Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
- Civil Litigation.
- Commercial and Corporate Practice.
- Administrative Law.
- Banking and Finance.
- Consumer Law.
- Criminal Law.
- Employment and Industrial Law.
- Family Law.
- Planning and Environment Law.
- Wills and Estate Planning.