Forensic Foundations works with a team of experienced legal practitioners in the delivery of our workshop programme. This team includes but is not limited to:
Ms Anya Aidman
Anya is a litigator in private practice, working across civil and criminal matters. Her early years of practice were spent exclusively in criminal law, first at the ACT DPP and then at the Commonwealth DPP. Anya then moved into civil litigation just over two years ago and has remained largely in the civil litigation space, while retaining a small criminal practice. Anya is an experienced advocate and has appeared in the Federal Circuit Court, Family Court, Magistrate’s Court and Supreme Court. Anya also appears in local NSW Courts.
Over the past 5 years, Anya has also convened and/or taught various courses at the ANU and University of Canberra, including Evidence Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Cybercrime and Alternative Dispute Resolution. This Semester Anya is teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution and Evidence Law.
Mr Michael Bonasia
Michael Bonasia is a Barrister in private practice at the Queensland Bar.
He practices mostly in criminal law for offences at both a State and Federal level. His qualifications and experience with Information Technology and programming have him appearing on matters involving computer crime. Other areas of practice include commercial and personal injuries and he is regularly briefed on behalf of the insurer for motor accidents resulting in injury or death.
He has been involved in sport and other disciplinary tribunals both as a member of the judiciary and counsel assisting.
Prior to being called to the bar, he was an Associate to her Honour Judge Ryrie of the District Court of Queensland.
He is a sessional staff member with the QUT Legal Practice Course and sits as a Judge presiding over readers undertaking the Bar Practice Course criminal mock trials.
Mr Michael Holohan
Michael Holohan is a Barrister of Law in private practice at the Queensland Bar. He is the holder of a Master of Laws, Master of Science (Forensic Science), Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science degrees. He has also completed the Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College, University of Oxford, England.
He specializes in criminal law, administrative law (industrial relations), trade practices
(product liability) and family law. He has defended various criminal matters including murder, armed robbery, deprivation of liberty, assault, sexual assault, computer crime, fraud, drug and traffic offences. He also specializes in the areas of forensic/expert evidence, electronic/computer evidence and laboratory accreditation.
He has also previously performed duties as a scientific officer with the Queensland Police Service and the AFP where he has been responsible for the examination of major crime scenes and the provision of expert evidence on forensic disciplines including DNA, marks comparisons, arson, explosives, blood spatter pattern reconstruction and electronic evidence/computer forensics in Queensland and overseas. He has performed duties as a Senior Legal Officer with the Crime and Misconduct Commission Queensland, specialising in telecommunications interception and administrative law.
He is also a sessional staff member with the QUT Legal Practice Course and Faculty of
Science and Technology Brisbane.
Ms Anne Warner
Anne had a wide variety of roles in design, marketing, sales and her own gourmet food business before finding her niche studying law at UNSW. Following a year as a District Court Judge’s Associate she spent several years as a prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions in far western NSW.
In 2001, Anne moved back to Melbourne to become a prosecutor of Health and Safety Legislation for WorkSafe Victoria in their Legal Services Division. For the last nine years Anne has worked in the Internal Review Unit of WorkSafe, most recently as its Director overseeing a team of review officers. She has also worked across the WorkSafe organisation on various projects including regulatory reform in relation to the National Occupational Health & Safety legislation before Victoria opted out.
She has appeared in Local and District Courts in NSW and Magistrates and County Courts in Victoria, and instructed barristers in the Supreme Court in NSW.
In the last seven years, Anne has also worked, and continues to do so, on a disciplinary and professional standards tribunal for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which includes boards such as the Medical Board, the Psychologists Board, etc.
Anne has managed a summer school for a New York University in India, is a long standing Board Member of a small sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation, a graduate of Leadership Victoria’s Folio Community Leadership program and is currently undertaking (part time) a Masters of Indigenous Knowledges through Charles Darwin University. She is also a Partner investor in Social Venture Partners Melbourne and serves on their Investment Committee.