Three new appointments to the Thomas More Law School

Published: Monday 23rd January 2017

The Thomas More Law School is pleased to announce the appointment of three new staff members.

Dr May Fong Cheong has been appointed to the role of Senior Lecturer, Dr Leela Cejnar to the role of Senior Lecturer and Ms Starla Hargita to the role of Lecturer. All three new staff members will be based at the North Sydney Campus.

Deputy Head of the Thomas More Law School Associate Professor Catherine Renshaw said all three appointments were great additions to ACU.

“May, Leela and Starla will each bring with them significant expertise and experience in their respective areas of law, making them great assets for the University.”

Read more about the Thomas More Law School’s recent appointments below.

Photo of Dr May Cheong.

Dr May Fong Cheong

Dr Fong Cheong was previously a Professorial Visiting Fellow at UNSW Faculty of Law, where she taught Principles of Private Law, Contracts and Unfair Contracts (LLB and JD) and the ASEAN component of the Asian Competition Law course (LLM).  May is an Adjunct Professor at Multimedia University (Malaysia) and a Member of the University of Malaya Malaysian Centre of Regulatory Studies (UMCoRS).  May was formerly Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her area of specialization is the law of contract. May completed her PhD thesis on unfair contracts at the University of Sydney.  May’s major publications are in the area of contracts and remedies, particularly in relation to the legal position in Malaysia.  May’s other area of interest is ASEAN competition law. She has published important articles on Singapore, and on Malaysia particularly the impact on electricity, water services and telecommunications industries, and competitive neutrality.

Photo of Dr Leela Cejnar.

Dr Leela Cejnar

Dr Cejnar was the Lecturer-in-Charge of UNSW Business School’s first year undergraduate business law course. She has taught a range of courses across undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including competition and consumer law, marketing and distribution law, contract law, corporations law and international business law.  In 2013, Leela was invited by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to assist with the development of the ACCC’s tertiary online education program. More recently, she has been a teaching assistant on the UNSW Business School’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on International Franchise Law. Leela has also taught and mentored indigenous business students in the UNSW Indigenous Summer and Winter Programs. In 2016 (as part of a team) Leela won a UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s teaching award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Leela’s research focuses primarily on competition law and she holds a PhD in this area of law.  She also researches and publishes in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Photo of Ms Starla Hargita.

Ms Starla Hargita

Starla graduated with her LLM from the University of Cambridge before joining UTS: Law. She earned her JD from the University of Oregon, where she graduated Order of the Coif after having served as Articles Editor of the Oregon Review of International Law and in Chief Judge Ann Aiken's chambers in the US District Court for the District of Oregon. Starla also earned her MS from the University of Oregon in Conflict and Dispute Resolution where she studied the role of appropriate dispute resolution (ADR) in public and private orderings. Starla graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Architecture and History of Art. Starla is currently finishing her doctoral thesis, which investigates the impact of maternity and paternity leave on the sexual division of paid and unpaid labour in Australia. Her research incorporates feminist and welfare-economics based approaches to law and society.