Katie Connolly

Katie Connolly

2005 RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard University

Katie graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Media Studies and a Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement. Katie completed her honours year at the University of Melbourne and received a grade of first class for her thesis entitled “East Timor and the Politics of Popular Meanings”. Her thesis explored how public representations of Australian intervention in the East Timor crisis of 1999 served to crystallise perceptions of national identity and cultural citizenship.

Katie completed the Master of Public Policy program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government specializing in International Trade and Finance and worked on the 2012 Presidential election campaign.

Oct 2011

Andrew Currie

Andrew Currie

2015 Menzies Scholarship in Law

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. He received a number of prizes in both degrees, including the Supreme Court Exhibition for Jurisprudence.

Currently a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons, Andrew was previously associate to the Hon Justice K M Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia. He intends to read for a DPhil in legal philosophy at the University of Oxford.

Mark Darian-Smith

Mark Darian-Smith

1984 Menzies Scholar in Law


Arts and Law degrees (both with Hons), University of Melbourne (1982)

Articled Clerk (1983)

Masters degree in Civil Law, Oxford University (1984)


Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Brisbane:

- Managing Partner (Performance & Quality)

- Partner, Dispute Resolution Clients

Specialises in advising on major infrastructure, construction, joint venture and M&A disputes, commercial contracts, telecommunications, trade practices and torts (including defamation)

Joanna Davidson

Joanna Davidson

2006 RG Menzies Scholar to Harvard

Joanna Davidson holds a BA with First Class Honours and LLB from the University of NSW.

She was placed 3:297 in her graduating class.

Joanna undertook an LLM at the Harvard Law School.

May 2006

Dr Rosie Dawkins

Dr Rosie Dawkins

2007 RG Menzies Scholar to Harvard

Dr Rosie Dawkins holds degrees in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and a Bachelor of Medical Science with First Class Honours, both from the University of Western Australia.

Rosie studied for a Masters in Public Health specialising in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Areas of special interest are childhood hearing loss, particularly in Aboriginal communities, and delivery of medical services to rural and remote communities. Rosie's plans include working in major teaching hospitals with outreach work in regional and remote communities.

May 2007

Dr Anna Dawson

Dr Anna Dawson

2006 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Anna Dawson holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Health from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) from the University of South Australia.

Anna's PhD project entitled "Investigating predictive factors for low back pain and neck pain in nurses: a prospective study" was carried out at the University of Queensland.

Dr Sarah-Jane Dawson

Dr Sarah-Jane Dawson

2011 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship

Sarah-Jane Dawson has taken up her postdoctoral Fellowship at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute where she is investigating the role of circulating tumour specific DNA (ctDNA) which can be found in the bloodstream of individuals with cancer. Her research aims to address how the measurement of ctDNA can be integrated into clinical practice to provide tangible benefits for women with breast cancer.

Sarah-Jane returned to Australia to carry out the last two years of her Fellowship at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne.


Dariel De Sousa

Dariel De Sousa

1993 Menzies Scholar in Law

Secretary/Treasurer, Menzies Memorial Scholars Association, 2011-2013; President 2013-


Consultant, Regulation and Administrative Law Group at Maddocks

I was born in Bombay, India. Shortly after my birth, my parents migrated to Melbourne, Australia where I was brought up. I studied law and mechanical engineering as an undergraduate at Monash University.

Upon completion of my degrees in 1991, I spent a year and a half working at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. While at Mallesons, I was exposed to a variety of areas but spent the last few months there working with the intellectual property/trade practices/ telecommunications group.

I won the Menzies Scholarship in Law in 1992 and commenced a two year BCL at Oxford in September 1993. While at Oxford, I developed a strong interest in international affairs and, particularly, international trade.

Dr Albert Dinelli

Dr Albert Dinelli

2003 Menzies Scholar in Law


DPhil and BCL, Oxford University

LLB (H1), Monash University (2001)

BA (Hons), Monash University (1998)

Albert's doctorate was in the area of Conflict of Laws, focusing on jurisdiction and choice of law agreements.


Barrister, Victorian Bar - commercial, constitutional and administrative law

Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne - Constitutional Law and Conflict of Laws.

Career history

Associate to Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

Solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques in the dispute resolution group.

June 2007

Dr Fiona Dobson

Dr Fiona Dobson2004 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences


BAppSc(Physiotherapy) and GradDip (Health Research), La Trobe University.

PhD project: "Walking patterns in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy".

Areas of Professional Interest

PhD study: To develop a reliable classification for clinicians to better identify and treat walking disorders; By collaborating with La Trobe University, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Victoria’s Royal Children’s Hospital, aims to provide the first population-based classification of hemiplegic walking patterns and to explore health-related quality of life measures in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Current position

Research Physiotherapist and Senior Clinical Physiotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Professional/Other affiliations

World Wide Funds for Native Australia


Married with children; Cycling around Melbourne and Victoria.

Sep 2004

Dr Stephen Donaghue

Stephen Donaghue1997 Menzies Scholar in Law


D.Phil (Oxon) (Magdalen College) 1999

LLB (1st Class Honours) University of Melbourne, 1995.

BA, University of Melbourne, 1995

Other awards and achievements

Supreme Court Prize, University of Melbourne, 1995


Queens Counsel since 2011. Barrister since 2001.

Senior Fellow, Law School, University of Melbourne

Chair, Public Law Section, Commercial Bar Association


Associate to Justice Hayne, High Court of Australia (2000)

Solicitor, Minter Ellison (London) 1996-1997

Areas of Professional Interest

Stephen appears principally in appellate matters in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, most commonly before the High Court of Australia, but also in the Federal Court and Victorian Court of Appeal. He has appeared in many High Court matters as lead counsel for the Commonwealth and its agencies. His cases commonly involve challenges to the validity of Commonwealth or State legislation, or challenges to the validity of ministerial decisions (in areas including immigration, national security, terrorism, extradition, water rights, storage of nuclear material, and the use of coercive investigative powers).

Stephen is married and has two teenage children. He lives in Melbourne. His interests outside work include rowing, beach holidays and supporting the Tigers (AFL).