Michael Appleby, formerly a legal practitioner, is now a lecturer at College of Law Australia. He was previously also an adjunct Lecturer at the Law Schools of both Sydney University and the University of New South Wales.

For more than 10 years his area of research interest has been the mental health of lawyers and law students. In 2006, with colleague Judy Bourke, he developed a mental health workshop, which is now part of the curriculum in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice offered at The College of Law. Since its inception in 2011 about 20,000 graduate lawyers (nationwide) have attended the workshop. Michael coordinates the workshop program and the more than 40 lecturers who teach in it.

Michael is a regular speaker and presenter, a recent presentation being the giving of The Annual Mental Health Lecture, being a joint initiative of the ACT Supreme Court and the Law Society of the ACT. He is also actively engaged in other groups in the mental health field, being a member of the Advisory Council of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation, and a volunteer with the Black Dog Institute.

Michael Appleby and Judy Bourke are part of the Australian Wellness for Law Network. They were Conveners of the 2016 Conference held at the Sydney College of Law. They are kindly sponsored by the College of Law for their International Conference attendance.