Notre Dame academic named finalist in prestigious Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards

Dr Marilyn Krawitz has been named as a finalist in the prestigious national Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in the ‘Academic of the Year’ category.

9 November 2015

Senior Lecturer in The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Law, Fremantle, Dr Marilyn Krawitz, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious national Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in the ‘Academic of the Year’ category.

Celebrating women’s achievements in law, the ‘Academic of the Year’ award recognises the academic who is most effectively shaping the legal undergraduates and JD students – instilling a passion for the law, professional excellence and expertise. The awards will be presented in Melbourne on Friday 27 November 2015.

Dr Krawitz has been an academic in the School of Law for five years. She successfully completed her PhD thesis, An Examination of Social Media’s Impact upon the Courts in Australia, last year.

Such was the success of her research, Dr Krawitz was invited to speak at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), the Supreme Court of Canada (Ottawa, Canada), the Federal Court of Australia (Sydney, Australia), the Supreme Court of Western Australia (Perth, Western Australia), the 2014 Cyberjustice Conference (Montreal, Canada) and the 2014 IACA Conference (Sydney, Australia).

Dr Krawitz is well known for her research in the area of health law, in addition to her research in the area of how social media impacts upon the courts. She lectures in Civil Procedure and Evidence, and has received five letters of merit for her lecturing to date.

A practising lawyer who volunteers as a solicitor at the Fremantle Community Legal Centre and as a judge for the Law Society of Western Australia’s mock trials, Dr Krawitz is also a member of the editorial board of the LexisNexis Internet Law Bulletin.

“I am very humbled and grateful to be named a Finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. I thank Notre Dame School of Law, Fremantle, Dean Professor Doug Hodgson, the rest of my Notre Dame colleagues and my outstanding students for their support. I would not receive this honour if not for them,” Dr Krawitz said.

Professor Hodgson says Dr Krawitz continually works hard at teaching, research, administration, and promoting opportunities within the School to future students.

“She has a tremendous amount of energy, creativity and talent. Many of our large female student body look up to her. I am delighted that she has been named a Finalist for this Award,” Professor Hodgson said.

For more information about the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, visit .

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