Carolyn McDermott is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at the Monash Business School, Monash University. Carolyn holds degrees in Law (with Honours - Second Class Division A) and Commerce (with an Accounting major) from Deakin University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. Carolyn was the recipient of the Coulter Bourke Prize for her outstanding result in the law unit Business Organisations (corporations law, partnerships and associations) and was awarded the Applied Psychology Exhibition Prize for achieving the highest result in the unit Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Her honours thesis centred on the interaction between directors' duties under the common law and statute. Carolyn is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.
Carolyn's primary area of teaching is business law. She currently teaches Business Law at Monash University and has taught into Business Law and Advanced Business Law at Deakin Law School. She has also taught Banking Law at Monash University and been engaged as a research assistant at Deakin Law School. Carolyn has supervised Monash students undertaking research projects in the areas of corporate whistleblowing, anti-money laundering and phoenix companies. Carolyn is a member of the Department's Education Committee and Corporate Law, Organisation and Litigation research group, has Assistant Unit Co-ordinator responsibilities, and is a mentor and point of contact for the Department's Teaching Associates. Carolyn is also a member of the Australasian Law Teachers Association and the Corporate Law Teachers Association.
Prior to joining Monash University, Carolyn practised as a corporate and commercial lawyer in leading Australian law firms, most recently in the role of Assistant General Counsel for King & Wood Mallesons (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jaques). As a lawyer Carolyn undertook a broad range of advisory and compliance focused matters and drafted and reviewed a variety of commercial agreements. Her diverse client base included public and private companies, not-for profit organisations and professional associations. Advisory work undertaken for clients in the vocational and higher education sector includes acting for Swinburne University in relation to commercial agreements and the establishment of a specialist Institute, and Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE in relation to the online delivery of education programs and the development and commercialisation of teaching software. Carolyn was also appointed as a panel solicitor for the Victorian Department of Education.
Carolyn has also been a member of the Committee of Management for a local not-for profit organisation, with her role focusing on policies, procedures and compliance within the applicable regulatory framework.
As a Scholarly Teaching Fellow, Carolyn is interested in best practice in education and teaching, innovation in course development and delivery and student motivation and learning. Areas of law of particular interest to Carolyn include corporate and commercial law, privacy and employment law.