ALLA Board of Directors

Under the constitution of the Australian Law Librarians' Association Ltd. (ALLA), the ALLA Board of Directors is comprised of at least eight members, holding office for one year from the date of appointment, with eligibility for yearly re-appointment for a further two years. Elections for office are generally held every September at the ALLA AGM.

ALLA Members are welcome to attend future meetings of the ALLA Board via teleconference. Contact the current ALLA President or Secretary for meeting timetable and access details. To contact the board please complete the contact us form

2018/2019 Board of Directors

President | Michael Gavan

Michael Gavan is Know-How Team Leader and Research Librarian at Minter Ellison, where 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 MinterEllison to clients, the Leo Cussen Centre for Law and LegalWise Seminars, as well as to law librarians, through the ALLA 'Finding the Law Online' (FLO) program.

Michael has been an ALLA / ALLG member since 1999 and joined the ALLA board as treasurer in 2015. He has a LLB, M.Ed, B.Ed, Grad Dip Lib, BA, and Dip Gen Studs.


 Michael Gavan

Vice President | Kate Freedman

Kate is the law librarian at ACU Melbourne, who even though she now calls Melbourne home, heads back to Perth a few times a year.

She enjoys her job, although some people still think she reads all day. She is a keen knitter, thermomixer, Instagrammer and a devoted aunt.

Kate has also previously been a part of the ALLA 2018 conference committee, ALIA NGAC committee, and the co-organiser of the Australian-New Zealand 23 Mobile Things program.



Past President | Trung Quach


Trung Quach is a law librarian at University of Melbourne. 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, Trung served as a committee member and the membership coordinator for ALLA(Vic). He has presented training sessions to new law librarians through the ALLA(Vic) program 'Finding the Law Online'.



Secretary | Karen Rowe-Nurse


Karen Rowe-Nurse has worked in law libraries over the past twenty years across law firms, tribunals and academic law libraries.

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.



Treasurer | Kirsty McPhee

Kirsty is the Practice Manager for Tottle Partners, responsible for library and knowledge services, as well as coordinating professional development and improving internal processes and administrative functions across the firm. After almost 11 years in this role, Kirsty will be moving to a new role as Assistant Information Manager in the mining industry in December 2018. Kirsty has been an active member of ALLA since joining the profession in 2007, and as well as being the ALLA Ltd Treasurer, she is also the Australian Law Librarian journal's Business Manager.

Kirsty is a qualified Library Technician, Librarian and holds a Masters in Business Leadership.



Caroline Knaggs | (Board Member & CPD Coordinator)

Caroline Knaggs joined the ALLA Board in 2017 and is passionate about ongoing professional education and assisting others to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge.

Caroline has worked in Libraries for many years, from government to corporate and then to law libraries. Caroline has worked primarily in forward-facing client oriented roles, but also ranging to a position called Tax Database Administrator (fun!)

Caroline is currently Subject Librarian in the Law Library at Monash University, a position held for ten years. Caroline teaches legal research to undergraduate and postgraduate Law students across a wide range of units.



Monika Zygmuntowicz | (Board Member & Vendor Relations Coordinator)

Monika Zygmuntowicz is the Vendor & Subscriptions Manager (Australia/Asia) at Herbert Smith Freehills. Monika has worked in corporate law firm libraries for almost 20 years, after parlaying her (now abandoned) law degree into law librarianship.

During her career, Monika has served as a committee member for ALLG (Vic), was instrumental in developing and then delivering Finding the Law Online, and was on the organising committee for the inaugural Australian and New Zealand Law Librarians Conference.



David Furler | (Board Member & Website Coordinator)

David Furler is Precedents & Systems Specialist at Lander & Rogers.

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