The Hon Anna Judith Katzmann
Anna Judith Katzmann was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in October 2009 with effect from 1 February 2010. She is also an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. At the time of her appointment to the Federal Court she was a practising Senior Counsel at the Sydney Bar and the President of the NSW Bar Association. Justice Katzmann was admitted to the Bar in NSW in December 1979 and practised as a barrister from July 1980 until her appointment, taking silk in 1997. Between 1980 and 1983 Justice Katzmann was also employed as an Associate Lecturer, then Lecturer, at the NSW Institute of Technology, Sydney (now UTS). In 2002 she was named by the Women Lawyers Association as a ‘woman lawyer of achievement’ and in 2012 was the Patron of the NSW Young Lawyers.
Justice Katzmann is an inaugural member of the TJMF Board. She is also a director of Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.
Justice Katzmann has had a longstanding concern for the welfare of others and has a particular interest in mental health. She was an official visitor at Gladesville Hospital in the 1980s and later a member of the Mental Health Tribunal at Cumberland Hospital. As a member of the Council of the NSW Bar and as President she played a leading role in promoting good mental health at the Bar and “Bar Care” was established under her stewardship.
In a desperate attempt to safeguard her own sanity, Justice Katzmann likes to sing, exercise, and travel, and enjoys concerts, theatre, cinema, and opera.