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Thursday 1 October

Public Lecture: The Rise of Animal Law Education: A Discipline Whose Time Is Now

Proudly hosted by Voiceless, the Centre for Professional Legal Education at Bond University and the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School.

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Animal law education was introduced into U.S. law school curricula half a century ago, but it has only been in recent years that the field has witnessed dramatic growth. Today, over 150 U.S. law schools offer at least one course in animal law, with a half dozen now boasting fully fledged animal law programs. As impressive as this trend may be, it fails to capture the discipline’s hard-fought struggle for legitimacy within academia, as well as the critical need for animal law education beyond the U.S. today. Dr Rajesh K Reddy, the director of the world’s first advanced animal law degree program, will discuss the rise of a field that few in the world had ever heard of into one that the world can no longer do without. Attendees will leave this talk with a deeper appreciation of this burgeoning area of the law, as well as how they can help sustain its success in the years to come.

     Dr Rajesh K Reddy
     Director, Animal Law LLM Program, Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School

Friday 2 October

Plenary Panel: Is legal education in Australia over-regulated or under-regulated?

This panel session will explore whether law schools and other legal education providers are unreasonably constrained by the obligation to comply with the ‘Priestley 11’, Admission Requirements, the LACC Standards, the Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers, the CALD Standards, the AQF, the Higher Education Standards, and so on, or whether legal education providers require additional or alternative regulation to raise the standard of teaching and improve student learning outcomes. A key focus will be upon whether the current regulatory environment promotes or inhibits harmonisation of the stages in a lawyer’s lifelong learning journey.

     Emeritus Professor Sandford Clark
     Former Chair, Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC)

     Professor Lesley Hitchens
     Dean, Faculty of Law, UTS; Chair, Council of Australasian Law Deans

     Professor Alex Steel
     Director Teaching Strategy, University of NSW

     Associate Professor Kate Galloway
     Griffith University; Editor-in-Chief, Legal Education Review

     Professor Caroline Strevens
     Head, School of Law, University of Portsmouth; Academy Chair, Association of Law Teachers (UK)

Saturday 3 October

Plenary Debate: ‘You had one job!’: Law schools are failing at preparing graduates for practice

This debate will explore both sides of the argument about whether or not law schools in Australia are doing enough to prepare law students for contemporary legal practice, adopting an approach that is simultaneously insightful, informative and playful.

     Professor Sally Kift
     President, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows; former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), James Cook                 University

     The Hon Michael Lavarch AO
     Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Law, QUT

     Luke Murphy
     President, Queensland Law Society

     Ann-Maree David
     Executive Director, College of Law

     Assistant Professor Tanya Atwill
     Director, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bond University

     Matthew Roach
     Director, Parampara

Saturday 3 October

Plenary Presentation: Trauma, stigma and compassionate engagement: The need for reform in legal education, training and practice

Psychological trauma is a common experience of clients and witnesses in criminal law practice and other areas including family law, child protection, domestic violence and refugee law. Trauma interferes with the legal process by disturbing a person’s memory and their decision-making and may cause a range of PTSD symptoms including anxiety and depression which can reduce their effective participation in mediation or litigation. In this plenary presentation Dr Colin James, ANU, will propose a trauma-informed culture-change in all three branches of the profession: legal education, training and practice.

     Dr Colin James
     ANU College of Law