Mark Woods

Law Council of Australia

Chair, Access to Justice Committee

Mark is an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law and Family Law, and a general litigator practising in Melbourne and regional Australia. He is a past president of the Law Institute of Victoria and has oversight of the Institute’s Legal Assistance Scheme. He was founding chair of the LawAid Trust, which funds the out of pocket costs of lawyers acting pro bono. He has served on the Boards of the Victoria Law Foundation, the Leo Cussen Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and the Australian Pro Bono Centre. Mark chairs the Access to Justice Committee of the Law Council of Australia, and is the immediate past chair of the influential Australian Legal Assistance Forum. He currently chairs the Access to Justice Committee of the International Bar Association, and is a Council member of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association. He frequently presents at international conference on family law, criminal law, and access to justice issues.