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Beth Goldblatt

Beth Goldblatt
Professor – UTS Faculty of Law

Beth researches in the areas of equality and discrimination law, comparative constitutional law, feminist legal theory, and human rights, with a focus on economic and social rights, and the right to social security in particular.

She is co-chair of the Faculty of Law’s Equity and Diversity Group and a member of the UTS Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Committee. She teaches ‘Gender and Law’ and is the Internships Program Head for the Faculty, running the local and international internship subjects.

Prior to joining UTS, Beth held positions at the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and the University of the Witwatersrand. She is admitted as an attorney in South Africa and is a Visiting Professor of the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand.    

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John McKenzie

John McKenzie
Legal Services Commissioner, OLSCNSW

John is the NSW Legal Services Commissioner. A solicitor for 34 years, he has worked primarily as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, largely for the Aboriginal Legal Service and on the staff of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He has also worked some years in private practice, legal aid and community legal centres.

He was appointed the NSW Legal Services Commissioner in 2015 to head the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, which has the statutory responsibility for all complaints against lawyers.

His appointment ends in February 2024. Until then he will be working to improve the professional standards and behaviour of the legal profession in NSW, whilst also addressing the concerns raised by anyone who lodges a complaint.

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Professor Joellen Riley Munton

Professor Joellen Riley Munton
Professor – UTS Faculty of Law

Joellen holds degrees in law from the Universities of Sydney and Oxford, and has been teaching and researching in the field of employment and labour law since 1998.  She studied law after a number of years as a financial journalist, and spent some time in commercial legal practice. 

Joellen’s academic career includes some years in the Law Faculty of the University of New South Wales where she taught corporate and commercial law, six years as Head of School and Dean at the University of Sydney, and an active research profile in workplace law and practice.  She is admitted as a legal practitioner, with consultancy experience in aspects of law related to people management.

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Jane Needham SC

Jane Needham SC
Barrister, St James Hall Chambers

Jane was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1990 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. She was the President of the Bar Association from 2014-15, with a focus was on diversity, inclusion, and flexible practice. She specialises in Equity and Succession Law, advising clients on succession planning and acting in all aspects of estate litigation. Jane has also appeared in significant Inquiries and Inquests, including the Royal Commissions into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Aged Care Quality and Safety, and Disability.

Jane was named Lawyers’ Weekly ‘Senior Barrister of the Year’ (2013), one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence (Fairfax/Westpac) (2014), Women Lawyers Assoc ‘Woman Barrister of the Year’ (2015) and Women in Law’s Barrister of the Year (2016). Doyle’s Guide has recognised Jane in its Wills and Estates Litigation section for NSW and Australia 2016 to date.

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The Legal Services Commissioner for NSW presents on the ethical challenges for the legal profession in developing a culture free of sexual harassment and bullying, followed by a panel discussion with an esteemed barrister and UTS Law academics on this key topic.

About this course

In this online, on-demand short course, the Legal Services Commissioner explains this problem, and the cultural shift that the legal profession must make to ensure that employees have a safe work place, free from sexual harassment and bullying. John McKenzie warns that he will pursue complaints to the fullest degree of the law available to his office and emphasises the obligations of all managers to provide a safe workplace. The panel discussion outlines the regulatory and legislative offences with Jane Needham SC exploring the particular challenges in the Bar, where relationships are between independent contractors rather than employees of the same firm.

This is an important session for all legal practitioners and especially for those aspiring to leadership or management roles in the legal profession.

Course structure

This CPD short course consists of two recordings.

The first comprises a 30-minute presentation by the NSW Legal Services Commissioner, John McKenzie, on the ethical responsibilities of lawyers in relation to sexual harassment and bullying.

This is followed by a 30-minute panel discussion hosted at the UTS Faculty of Law, facilitated by Professor Beth Goldblatt and including panel members Jane Needham SC, Professor Joellen Riley Munton and John McKenzie. The panel discusses:

  • Consequences of an unchallenged culture of sexual harassment and bullying
  • Regulatory and legislative protections that must be applied to maintain a safe workplace
  • Future directions – who is to fix this, and how?

Learning outcomes

This short course will assist participants to:

  • Understand the regulatory and legislative offences in this area
  • Recognise the importance of this significant ethical issue
  • Raise awareness of the reporting function and victim support at the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner of NSW
  • Gain insight into the particular challenges for barristers and law firms.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: "If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."


Full price: $88 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 


A discount of 10% is available to UTS students, alumni or UTS staff enrolling in this short course. 

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COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Who is this course for?

This short course is suitable for, but not limited to:

  • General practitioners
  • Accredited specialists
  • Senior managers and leadership teams
  • Barristers
  • In-house counsel and general counsel teams
  • Legal officers
  • Government lawyers
  • NFP employers
  • C Suite leadership team.

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Self paced
Expert: Beth Goldblatt, John McKenzie, Professor Joellen Riley Munton, Jane Needham SC
  • Start anytime
  • Online
  • 1 hour total

This course will be delivered online through Canvas.

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UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.