Meet the ALLA Board


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Alex Cato,
ALLA President

Alex is a Senior Research Librarian at Ashurst. Based in Sydney, she is also President of the New South Wales division of ALLA.

She has presented at the 2013 ALLA conference, published in the ALL and delivered local presentations. Outside of ALLA she writes the monthly technology column, 'A bit of bytes' for the Informed Librarian Online.

Alex has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Information Management) (Hons) and a Masters of Legal Studies.

Twitter: @curious_meow


Trung Quach,
ALLA Vice President

Trung Quach works at the University of Melbourne as a liaison librarian and legal research skills advisor.  He provides legal research training and support to law students.  He also helps in designing and embedding research skills into the law curriculum.

Prior to working as a librarian, Trung practiced commercial litigation in San Francisco for 10 years.  He is admitted to practice law in the United States and Australia. 

Before joining the ALLA Board of Directors, Trung served as a committee member and the membership coordinator for ALLA (Vic).  He has presented research training to the ALLA community through the ALLA (Vic) program ‘Finding the Law Online’.


Michael.jpgMichael Gavan, 
ALLA Treasurer 

Michael Gavan is Know-How Team Leader and Research Librarian at Minter Ellison.  He provides legal research training and research support to the Partnership.  Michael also delivers research training to the wider legal profession through seminars provided by the Leo Cussen Centre for Law and the Law institute of Victoria, as well as to law librarians, through the ALLA 'Finding the Law Online' (FLO) program.  

Michael has been an ALLA / ALLG member since 1998 and joined the ALLA board as treasurer in 2015. He has a LLB, M.Ed, B.Ed, Grad Dip Lib, BA (Multi Disc.), and Dip Gen Studs.


Karen.jpgKaren Rowe-Nurse, ALLA Secretary 

Karen Rowe-Nurse is the Law and Business Liaison Librarian for St Benedict’s Library at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. She has worked in law libraries over the past twenty years across law firms, tribunals and academic law libraries. Karen teaches within the university and is currently undertaking the first subject of her MBA.

Career highlights include receiving an international conference scholarship to attend the British and Irish law Librarians’ Association 2011 conference, developing a new academic law library in Sydney for Notre Dame; convening the 2013 ALLA conference and joining the board of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association. 

Karen is the current ALLA national president. She completed the first subject of her MBA in 2014 and has qualifications in law, librarianship and university teaching.


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Petal Kinder, 
General Board Member. 




Petal Kinder served as Court Librarian at the High Court of Australia from July 2005 – September 2015.

Prior to coming to the High Court Petal was the Manager of the Library and Information Services at the Federal Court in Melbourne and before the Federal Court she was a lecturer in the Law Faculty at Monash University where she designed, implemented and taught legal research courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.

She has been a member of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association for a number of years, serving in various capacities on the National Executive including a term as President of ALLA. Petal is presently the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL).



Phil.jpgPhil Mullen
General Board Member and CPD Coordinator 

Phil Mullen has worked in Libraries for well over 20 years, where he has worked in Law and Newspaper Libraries.

For much of his time he has been a solo law librarian and this has shaped how he views the challenges faced by librarians in the 21st Century. His chief concerns during his time as a librarian have been the development of training and marketing programs to deliver the best service to his library customers.

With Michael Marriott he received the Australian Law Librarian (ALL) Ted Glasson Award in 2012 for the following article, "Redesigning an Information Services Portal" 2012 ALL Vol 20(3) 119 -124. With Cindy Martin he co-wrote "Talking about an eRevolution" for the NSW Law Society Journal November 2014.

He has been a member of ALLA for over 10 years; presently he holds the ALLA NSW and National CPD positions. He is a past convenor of the Sterling Group (Sydney Law Firm Librarian Group). At the moment he is the Australian Library & Information Services Manager for K&L Gates. He has a BA Dip Lib (UNSW); B Leg S (Macq); Dip KM (UTS).

T: @philmull


David FurlerDavid Furler
General Board Member and Web Coordinator

David Furler is an Information Systems Specialist at Lander & Rogers. Prior to this he worked at the Law Institute of Victoria

David has been an ALLA member since 2007 and is the national web co-ordinator.  This role includes overseeing the ALLA website and assisting members and State website coordinators with their queries.

David has a Bachelor of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University. Prior to his roles in libraries David worked as a web developer for many years.