National Wellness for Law Forum - Speakers

Presenters for the National Wellness for Law Forum

Associate Professor Chi Baik

Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

Chi is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research program centres around the quality of the student experience, in particular on examining the factors affecting the experiences and outcomes of diverse students in contemporary higher education. Show more

Associate Professor Chi Baik

Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

Chi is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research program centres around the quality of the student experience, in particular on examining the factors affecting the experiences and outcomes of diverse students in contemporary higher education. She has led major studies that have contributed to informing institutional policies and practices including national projects on the first year experience, student equity, the international student experience and advancing the status of university teaching. In past few years her work has focused on promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of university students, and she recently co-led (with A/Professor Wendy Larcombe) an Office for Learning and Teaching funded project that that examined the role that universities and academic educators can play in promoting and supporting students’ psychological wellbeing. The interdisciplinary project led to the development of a framework for a whole-of-university approach to promoting the mental wellbeing of university students, as well as evidence-based curriculum and teaching strategies to support student mental wellbeing. At the University of Melbourne, Chi’s coordinates the MCSHE’s programs on teaching and learning for academic staff. Show less

Emma Cook

Emma Cook is a recent law graduate of the Australian National University with honours in family law and mental health. Having worked in family law throughout university, she has recently moved to Brisbane to work as a legal associate in the Family Court of Australia. She is passionate about children’s rights and how family lawyers can be therapeutic agents for their clients. She is also concerned by the significant burn out of lawyers within this jurisdiction and interested in how this can be reduced.

Jerome Doraisamy

Lawyer

Jerome is a 30-year-old lawyer and writer from Sydney, NSW. He left legal practice after stints in commercial firms, academia and research, and a major federal government inquiry, to publish his first book, The Wellness Doctrines for Law Students and Young Lawyers, which peaked at #2 on iTunes and has been sold, in both paperback and eBook form, on all six continents. Show more

Jerome Doraisamy

Lawyer

Jerome is a 30-year-old lawyer and writer from Sydney, NSW. He left legal practice after stints in commercial firms, academia and research, and a major federal government inquiry, to publish his first book, The Wellness Doctrines for Law Students and Young Lawyers, which peaked at #2 on iTunes and has been sold, in both paperback and eBook form, on all six continents.

He currently works as a contract consultant for law firms and universities, with projects ranging from speaking engagements to policy development and review projects. He is also working on his second book, The Wellness Doctrines for High School Students, which is due to be published in May 2018. In his spare time, Jerome is an active blogger, reader and cake baker, and plays indoor soccer and mixed netball every week. Show less

Georgia Edwards

Lawyer

Georgia Edwards completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Bond University and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in December 2015. Georgia has practiced solely in Family Law since May 2015 and is currently employed as a family lawyer at Ramsden Lawyers.

Georgia’s experience as a law student and a young legal professional (particularly practicing in a highly emotive area of law) has underscored the importance of maintaining holistic wellness. Georgia now recognises that it is imperative, to help others, to first help yourself.

Lloyd England

Lecturer and Co-Convenor of Legal Practice Programs, Monash University’s Faculty of Law

Lloyd teaches Torts since 2007, amongst other subjects, and runs a free global online course Law for Non-Lawyers: Introduction to Law . Lloyd is also the College Head of Roberts Hall, Monash University Residential Services, providing 24/7 pastoral care and support to 187 young adult students. Lloyd’s research focuses on student wellbeing.

Anneka Ferguson

SFHEA | Senior Lecturer  

Anneka Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU School of Legal Practice and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Anneka has been researching the many intersections between wellbeing, professionalism, ethics and learning outcomes since 2012. This empirical and action research approach to teaching has provided the ability to improve student learning and wellbeing in her roles as Director, Sub-Dean and Convenor of the ANU School of Legal Show more

Anneka Ferguson

SFHEA | Senior Lecturer  

Anneka Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU School of Legal Practice and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Anneka has been researching the many intersections between wellbeing, professionalism, ethics and learning outcomes since 2012. This empirical and action research approach to teaching has provided the ability to improve student learning and wellbeing in her roles as Director, Sub-Dean and Convenor of the ANU School of Legal Practice GDLP since 2007 and is also assisting the development in more recent years of innovative curriculum changes for first year law students in the LLB/JD, Lawyers, Justice and Ethics space. Show less

Graeme Haas

Lecturer at the College of Law in Queensland,

Graeme was admitted to practice in 1999 and gained his experience as a solicitor working in general practice.  Graeme was previously on the management committee of the Youth Advocacy Centre and continues to provide legal advice at the Caxton Legal Centre.

This presentation borrows heavily from material on tertiaryautismsupport.com.au, a website developed to raise awareness of ASD amongst tertiary educators.

Clair Humble

Lawyer

Claire is a Lawyer and Mentor in the Practical Legal Training Course at Leo Cussen and a Co-ordinator of Thriving in Your Career and the Client/Lawyer Interview Programs.

She is an experienced legal practitioner, practising in mainstream law firms for many years before working in a specialist community legal centre representing clients with disabilities. Show more

Clair Humble

Lawyer

Claire is a Lawyer and Mentor in the Practical Legal Training Course at Leo Cussen and a Co-ordinator of Thriving in Your Career and the Client/Lawyer Interview Programs.

She is an experienced legal practitioner, practising in mainstream law firms for many years before working in a specialist community legal centre representing clients with disabilities. Subsequently she spent several years in the university sector in Equity, Disability and Diversity units and the Teaching and Learning Division, supporting and advocating for students and staff with a disability and gaining experience in adapting curriculum, materials, programs and projects for students with disabilities and other members of the Equity groups.

Claire is admitted to practice in Queensland and Victoria and holds a current Victorian Practising Certificate. She has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Master of Business Administration. She has completed Mental Health First Aid training and a Leaders Masterclass in Mental Health.

She has led the wellness and resilience awareness raising, training and events at Leo Cussen for staff including Mentors and Management being trained in Mental Health First Aid. She has provided advice and strategies about mental health and its impact on people working in the legal profession.

She has been instrumental in setting up the disclosure process and adjustments at Leo Cussen for trainees and in establishing the Thriving in Your Career program. Claire assists trainees in applying for admission and in making disclosures to the Victorian Legal Admissions Board, particularly those relating to mental health. She has co-authored papers on disclosure and presented at APLEC conferences.

She is a long-standing member of the Diversity Taskforce at the Law Institute of Victoria which has advised on Mental Health issues.  She is a member of the Justice Committee of Victorian Women Lawyers. In every role, she is committed to lobbying for systemic change and ensuring that lawyers are aware of the risks in the profession and are given every opportunity to develop and improve their wellness strategies and resilience muscle. Show less

Dr Colin James

Solicitor Newcastle Law Society, Senior Lecturer ANU College of Law School of Legal Practice, The Australian National University, Conjoint Faculty of Business and Law University of Newcastle Australia.

Dr Colin James has been a solicitor since 1989 and a clinical legal educator since 2001. He has qualifications in law, history, tertiary education and psychology and has published in many fields associated with domestic violence, family law, legal education, legal history, legal practice and the well-being of law students and lawyers. Show more

Dr Colin James

Solicitor Newcastle Law Society, Senior Lecturer ANU College of Law School of Legal Practice, The Australian National University, Conjoint Faculty of Business and Law University of Newcastle Australia.

Dr Colin James has been a solicitor since 1989 and a clinical legal educator since 2001. He has qualifications in law, history, tertiary education and psychology and has published in many fields associated with domestic violence, family law, legal education, legal history, legal practice and the well-being of law students and lawyers. Dr James is employed by the Australian National University, College of Law, School of Legal Practice. Show less

Marie Jepson

Marie Jepson is the Executive Director of the Tristan Jepson Memorian Foundation. 

The Foundation was founded by Marie and her husband, George Jepson, in August 2008 and is an independent volunteer, charitable organisation, with the goal of decreasing work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety. It strives to create greater awareness of depression and anxiety amongst the legal fraternity.

Since its inception, TJMF has established itself as a reference point and facilitator of information in the area of depression and anxiety in the legal profession. It aims to raise awareness, improve education and build effective models of support which focus on mental health wellbeing within the legal education system and the legal profession.

The organisation has gone from strength to strength in receiving the support of the entire legal community – law students, barristers, solicitors, academics, legal support staff. Other sectors, such as members of the medical and insurance fraternity and the research community have also offered support and information to the Foundation.

Marie works tirelessly on all of TJMF’s initiatives, which include promoting the Workplace Wellbeing : Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession (released in 2014) the annual TJMF keynote lecture, facilitating collaborative forums for TJMF’s signatories to the Guidelines in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Prior to her work on the Foundation, Marie was devoted to the teaching profession, with more than 25 years of experience. As a senior executive she was committed to staff, student and parent wellbeing. She developed and implemented innovative programs, focused on empowering students through skill development.

Elizabeth Kelley

Elizabeth Kelley is an American criminal defence lawyer specializing in representing people with mental disabilities.  She co-chairs the Advisory Panel for the National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability. She is editor of Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers (Winter, 2018)

In 2009 and 2014, she travelled to Liberia as part of a UN-sponsored delegation to train that country’s criminal defence bar. 

She has completed her 200-hour Yoga Certification and is currently working on her 500-hour certification through Semperviva Yoga Studio in Vancouver, BC. 

Cane Mitchell

Academic Teaching Scholar, Victoria Law School

Cane is an Academic Teaching Scholar involved in teaching, lecturing and curriculum design at Victoria University.  Cane teaches in the core practical law subjects such as Advocacy/Communication and Interviewing/Negotiation as well as in the clinical program units.

Prior to commencing work at Victoria University in 2014, Cane worked with young people and their families before completing her law degree and practicing law for 14 years. Show more

Cane Mitchell

Academic Teaching Scholar, Victoria Law School

Cane is an Academic Teaching Scholar involved in teaching, lecturing and curriculum design at Victoria University.  Cane teaches in the core practical law subjects such as Advocacy/Communication and Interviewing/Negotiation as well as in the clinical program units.

Prior to commencing work at Victoria University in 2014, Cane worked with young people and their families before completing her law degree and practicing law for 14 years.

Cane is interested in researching how curriculum design can engage students in their professional identity and how that engagement intersects with student wellbeing.

Cane has completed the LLB, BA(Youth Affairs), GDip(Secondary) and GCert(Tertiary). Show less

Ken Petty

Solicitor

Ken Petty is a senior Gold Coast solicitor having worked at Minter Ellison Gold Coast for over 21 years in the corporate & property areas and was appointed the Managing Partner of Minter Ellison Gold Coast in 2015.

Ken has undertaken industry roles with the retail section of the Property Council of Australia and is a former chair of the Gold Coast chapter of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Show more

Ken Petty

Solicitor

Ken Petty is a senior Gold Coast solicitor having worked at Minter Ellison Gold Coast for over 21 years in the corporate & property areas and was appointed the Managing Partner of Minter Ellison Gold Coast in 2015.

Ken has undertaken industry roles with the retail section of the Property Council of Australia and is a former chair of the Gold Coast chapter of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ken has also held a number of company directorships over the years and is currently a director of Saint Stephens College. 

The central focus of Ken’s current practice is mergers and acquisitions, specialised property leasing, governance and intellectual property. Ken has a deep commercial experience across a wide variety of corporate and commercial environments in both local projects and national projects. Show less

Jackie Weinberg

Lecturer, PhD Candidate, and Clinical Supervisor in Monash Legal Practice Programs at the Faculty of Law, Monash University.

Jackie’s research is focused on an exploration of ADR in clinical legal education. 

Patricia Weir

Patricia Weir is in her final year of a research PhD at the School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus, under the Supervision of Associate Professor Liz Jones and Dr Nicola Sheeran.

She has Masters degrees in clinical psychology and also communication, as well as a law degree.  She has worked in government both state and federal, in the areas of health, human resource management, workplace health and safety, and workplace insurance claims. Show more

Patricia Weir

Patricia Weir is in her final year of a research PhD at the School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus, under the Supervision of Associate Professor Liz Jones and Dr Nicola Sheeran.

She has Masters degrees in clinical psychology and also communication, as well as a law degree.  She has worked in government both state and federal, in the areas of health, human resource management, workplace health and safety, and workplace insurance claims. Her research interests are in the area of organisational psychology and communication, particularly personal experience of professional cultures and work environments and the impact on career development. She has published in the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology in 2014; “Twenty-First Century Minerva: Are there career impacts for women who receive a “Women in Science” Fellowship? “, 6(2). Her current PhD research is investigating the experiences of legal practitioners who work in areas of law that expose them to client material that may be considered traumatising, and if they experience a psychological effect from their client exposure. Show less

Kasey Zun

Kasey Zun is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for global law firm Ashurst, a commercial law firm with offices across 25 countries where she manages diversity and inclusion for the Asia-Pacific region.

Kasey is passionate supporter and advocate for equal opportunity and has used this passion throughout her career to lead cultural change within the diversity and inclusion landscape with a particular focus on wellbeing, Indigenous affairs, gender equality, LGBTIQ and disability inclusion. Show more

Kasey Zun

Kasey Zun is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for global law firm Ashurst, a commercial law firm with offices across 25 countries where she manages diversity and inclusion for the Asia-Pacific region.

Kasey is passionate supporter and advocate for equal opportunity and has used this passion throughout her career to lead cultural change within the diversity and inclusion landscape with a particular focus on wellbeing, Indigenous affairs, gender equality, LGBTIQ and disability inclusion.

Kasey has influenced change at Ashurst to see the launch of its 'Committed to Change' leadership program which empowers the partners of Ashurst to champion diversity and inclusion within the firm as well as role model diverse and inclusive behaviours. Kasey also developed and launched Ashurst's Domestic and Family Violence paid leave policy and support programs as well as the development and growth of the firm's ''Wellbeing Officer'' program which is designed to support the wellbeing and mental health of its employees. 
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