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Judith
Fordham

Forensic scientist and barrister.

Profile

Judith has worn zebra-print shoes into a courtroom, represented transsexuals, bikers, alleged murderers and rapists, and raised four children on her own. Once a battered wife, who, struggled to feed her family she is now one of Western Australia’s best known criminal lawyers and is also an expert in forensic science, and an internationally known jury researcher.

Judith will entertain, inspire or confront any audience. Alternatively she can just have them “rolling in the aisles” with tales from 25 years of crazy experiences in the practice of criminal law; she is entertaining, motivational and (if you ask her nicely) downright hilarious! She is a first class speaker whose entertaining and informative presentations will inspire and motivate any audience. Judith can also create or tailor a presentation to suit your specific event theme or requirements.

Current work

Judith has recently returned from her second stint as a speaker on the prestigious ship the Queen Mary 2, where she attracted standing room only crowds of over 600 passengers at each of her seven presentations.

Previous experience

Awards: Judith has been honoured to serve as an Australia Day Ambassador, been awarded a life membership of Angelhands (a support organisation for secondary victims of homicide), and her law practice was a 2014 state finalist in the Telstra Business Awards.

Juror: Judith has carried out several research projects on juries, including a study of juror intimidation at the W.A. Attorney General’s personal request. She had permission for almost unprecedented access to jurors for post trial interviews.

Author: Her bold approach to life and law is inspiring, and her stories about the world of crime and justice told in her book ‘Life, Law and Not Enough Shoes’ are fascinating.

Expertise
Talking Points

From Zero to Hero.

Lawyer, forensic scientist, mentor, domestic violence survivor: the inspirational story of Judith’s path from despair to success (whatever that is). (This presentation can be “tweaked” to focus on education or community volunteering/engagement).

Life, Law & Not Enough Shoes: Adventures of a lady lawyer in the world of crime.

Stories of wild characters and crazy experiences from 25 years of criminal law practice told by one of the world’s greatest appreciators of shoes as works of art, Judith Fordham.

The Real CSI: Truth is stranger than fiction.

How science trumps even the smartest criminal. This selection of real life forensic cases gives you an insight into how scientists, lawyers and police think, and what happens when these worlds collide in criminal investigation and prosecution.

Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of the Jury Room.

As one of the few people in the world who has had the chance to talk to hundreds of real jurors after real criminal trials, Judith offers insights about the CSI effect, what jurors love and hate about lawyers, how trials go off the rails, what happens when a bully is the foreman, and the result of jurors using a Quija Board to contact the victim in a murder trial.

Guilty or Not?

Join barrister and forensic expert Judith Fordham as she relives the trial of a father accused of killing his infant son. Whose side are you on? How do you feel? While this presentation is not graphic, it may be emotionally confronting.

Happy Families

Everyone was happy when grandma came to visit. That is, until her granddaughter accused her grandson of a terrible crime. What really happened? The answers were in the DNA, but would anyone realise?

Scared to Death?

When Bob hosted a loud party, he did not expect to be charged with murder. The worst crime he thought he had committed was being rude to a neighbour. But 20 minutes later, the neighbour was dead. Who killed him?

Could You be a Criminal?

Are criminals born or made? Would you, could you, commit a crime? The answers will surprise you. Promise.

Judith can also create or tailor a presentation to suit your specific event theme or requirements.
Topics

Innovation

  • Science & Technology

Motivational

  • Inspiring Stories

Politics & Advocacy

  • Women's Rights
Feedback
Excellent speaker. Judith is incredibly inspirational, motivational, humorous and personable. We were honoured to have her share her journey with us at our Women of Vision Luncheon. South Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce
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