Marilyn Krawitz

Marilyn Krawitz
PhD, LLB(Dist), BBA(Hon)
Lecturer

Email: marilyn.krawitz@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0608

Marilyn was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where she graduated with a BBA (Hon) from the Schulich School of Business at York University. While a business student, Marilyn founded and managed her own magazine, On The Wall, and was published numerous times in The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulated newspaper. In 2005, Marilyn moved to Perth. Marilyn then completed an LLB (Dist) at the University of Western Australia and she worked as an articled clerk and solicitor at a medium sized law firm.

Presently, Marilyn works as a solicitor in the areas of criminal law and civil litigation at CMS Legal. She completed her PhD in 2014. The title of her PhD is An Examination of Social Media’s Impact upon the Courts in Australia. Marilyn has lectured evidence at The University of Notre Dame and has tutored evidence at the University of Western Australia. She currently lectures civil procedure and evidence. Marilyn also acts as a volunteer judge at the mock trials of high school students. She is a past President of the Rotaract Club of Perth.

Marilyn’s research interests are social media and the courts, health law and dispute resolution. Her publications in peer reviewed journals to date are:

  • Krawitz, Marilyn, 'Beauty Is only Photoshop Deep: Legislating Models' BMIs and Photoshopping Images' (2014) 21 Journal of Law and Medicine 859.
  • Krawitz, Marilyn, ‘Can Australian Judges Keep their ‘Friends’ Close and their Ethical Obligations Closer? An Analysis of the Issues Regarding Australian Judges’ Social Media Use’ (2013) 23(1) Journal of Judicial Administration 14.
  • Krawitz, Marilyn, ‘Summoned by Social Media: Why Australian Courts Should Have Social Media Accounts’ (2014) 23(3) Journal of Judicial Administration 182.
  • Krawitz, Marilyn, ‘Stop the Presses, but not the Tweets! Why Australian Judicial Officials Should Permit Journalists to Use Social Media in the Courtroom’ (2013) 15(1) Flinders Law Journal 1.
  • Krawitz, Marilyn, ‘May It Tweet the Court: Ethical Considerations Involving Australian Lawyers’ Social Media Use’ (2013) 2 Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice 85.
  • Slattery, Robert and Krawitz, Marilyn, ‘Mark Zuckerberg, the Cookie Monster – Australian Privacy Law and Internet Cookies’ (2014) 16(1) Flinders Law Journal 1.

The invited presentations that Marilyn has made to date are:

  • "Building and Sustaining Public Confidence: Communication Strategies and Social Media in Courts", International Association for Court Administration Conference, Sydney, Australia 25 September 2014 (20 minutes, part of a panel lasting an hour and a half).
  • “Court Policies and Regulations on Social Media, Who Is Doing What in Australia and Around the World?” - The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated’s Social Media and the Courts Conference, Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, Australia, 14 June 2013.
  • "Don't Judge a Trial by its Juror's Tweet", Cyberjustice International Mid-Term Conference, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, 2 October 2014 (30 minutes, part of a two hour panel).
  • “Social Media and the Courts” - Speech to Judicial Officers and Court Staff, Supreme Court of Canada, 5 February 2014.
  • “Social Media and the Courts” - Speech to staff and students, Harvard University, 7 February 2014.
  • “Should Journalists Be Able to Use Social Media in the Courtroom and Should Judges Be Prevented from Using Social Media” - Speech to Judges’ Clerks, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 27 June 2013.
  • “Litigation Issues and Enrolment Contracts” - Western Australian Christian Education National Business Managers’ Seminar, Vose Seminary, Perth, Australia, 29 April 2013.

Students who are interested in being supervised by Dr Krawitz as an LLM or PhD student in the area of how social media impacts upon the courts, please email her at marilyn.krawitz@nd.edu.au.