Leading WA criminal lawyer, Associate Professor, Centre for Forensic Science, University of WA; author, speaker.
Past President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of WA; Australian & NZ Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law; Australian & NZ Forensic Science Society (WA); Member American Academy of Forensic Sciences; and internationally recognised jury researcher.
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. She is also an expert in forensic science, and an internationally recognised jury researcher.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Judith offers a range of fascinating, entertaining presentations including:
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.
From Zero to Hero. Lawyer, forensic scientist, mentor, domestic violence survivor: the inspirational story of Judith’s path from despair to success.
Behind Closer 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.
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.
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.
Accolades from previous speaking engagements
“Judith Fordham is one amazing woman…do read on. I was present at one of her
presentations at the City of Perth Scholarship Awards and was totally impressed by her
capabilities as a speaker. Judith’s timing and eye contact with the audience kept
everyone totally focused on her presentation which was motivating, inspiring and
entertaining. Believe me I attend many events on a regular basis and when I say a
speaker is good – he or she is good, as prior to my life as Lord Mayor for ten years I was
engaging speakers of all types for a national think tank. I know a good speaker when I
hear/see one. It was very clear that Judith knew how to appropriately tailor the
presentation to suit the specific audience. Her messages were clear, friendly and had
wide appeal. Judith has a natural style and of course a great story or two to tell given her
very interesting life and fascinating career. I have no hesitation in recommending Judith
as a ‘woman of substance’ to any audience.”
Lisa M. Scaffidi, The Right Hon Lord Mayor of Perth.
“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.”
Lee Lawrence. Executive Officer. South Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“A really interesting and captivating speaker who certainly held the attention of our audience for her entire presentation. Inspirational!“
Steve Wright, Chief Executive Officer. The Professionals Real Estate Group.
“Judith related very well to our group and targeted her content most appropriately. We
received really positive comment about her presentation from participants. First class speaker.”
Heather Maher. Narrogin District Education Office.
Feedback from evaluation forms from participants at Wesfarmers Senior Executive
- Very sharp and witty.
- Strong, confident and intelligent presenter, but also down to earth and humorous.
- Reads and relates to audience extremely well – very personable and informative.
- Judith was very appropriate as a presenter at senior executive level – could handle any question.
- Inspiring life story for both men and women.