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The Place of Practice

The Place of Practice

Lawyering in Rural and Regional Australia

Edited by Trish Mundy, Amanda Kennedy and Jennifer Nielsen

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The Place of Practice is a unique collection that aims to support law students and early career lawyers considering a career in rural and regional communities. Through the lens of ‘place’, it canvasses the ways in which lawyering and legal practice differs in the rural and regional context, and the particular issues and barriers facing clients and rural and regional communities. By recognising the fundamental diversity of rural and regional communities and the important role that lawyers play in facilitating access to justice within them, The Place of Practice focuses on the key skills, knowledge, and tools of resilience and wellbeing needed to thrive in rural and regional legal practice.

The Place of Practice draws together a diverse group of academics and legal practitioners who each bring a unique perspective on aspects of rural and regional legal practice. Contributions canvass a wide array of subjects including the practical and ethical settings of rural and regional legal practice, access to justice, entrepreneurship and innovation, distinct practitioner and client contexts (including working with Indigenous clients), professional and personal skills, accessing supervision and self-care. The Place of Practice is an ideal resource for students learning about rural and regional legal practice, early career lawyers considering working in a rural and regional practice, and practitioners who work with rural and regional communities.


CONTENTS

Foreword by Fiona McLeod SC
Acknowledgments
List of Diagrams
About the Contributors

Introduction
         Trish Mundy, Amanda Kennedy and Jennifer Nielsen

PART 1: PLACE

1. Constructions of the Rural in Australia
         Russell Hogg

2. The Moralities of Australian Bush Lawyers
         Reid Mortensen

PART 2: LEGAL PRACTICE

3. Rural and Regional Legal Practice
         Trish Mundy and Amanda Kennedy

4. Women in ‘Rural’ Practice: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies to Thrive
         Trish Mundy

5. The Ethical Setting: Conflicts of Interest
         Helen McGowan

6. Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Regional and Rural Legal Practice
         Caroline Hart

PART 3: ACCESS TO JUSTICE

7. Access to Justice in Rural and Regional Communities
         Helen McGowan and Richard Coverdale

PART 4: CLIENT CONTEXT

8. Working with Clients and Diverse Communities
         Jennifer Nielsen

9. Yarning about Lawyering with and for Rural and Remote Aboriginal communities
         Marcelle Burns, Russell Cavanagh and Melissa O’Donnell

PART 5: EFFECTIVE LAWYERING

10. Professional and Interpersonal Skills
         John Littrich

11. Constructive Supervision in Regional, Rural and Remote Legal Practice
         Jeff Giddings and Michael McNamara

12. Don’t Burn Out! Self-Care and Wellbeing
         Stephen J Woods and Jennifer Nielsen

Index


REVIEWS

As I was reviewing this book, sitting in my backyard with my border collies, a 10-minute walk from my office, on a warm Mildura day, it did not surprise me that: “Most regional and rural lawyers are bush-bred and have either stayed or returned home or have moved to another regional locality”.
         The collection of contributions by academics, authors and practising lawyers offers considerations and strategies for those law students and admitted lawyers considering practice outside metropolitan and suburban Australia.
         While there could have been more focus on the opportunities and strengths of regional and rural practice, the publication does raise many valid considerations and challenges.
         Expectations of fast-tracked careers, entrepreneurial opportunities, increased early face to face client contact and economic realities are well acknowledged. Potential professional and social isolation, living in a fish bowl, and limited mental health, welfare and personal services are certainly real challenges. The publication acknowledges that each area and community is different. To succeed you need to know your community and legal market. For those without prior connection, making friends and developing social networks is a vital, but not necessarily easy part of entering a new community.

Michael Holcroft, InPrint, Law Institute Journal Victoria, April 2018

   

Published 17 October 2017
Publisher The Federation Press
Paperback/288pp
ISBN 9781760021573
Australian RRP $89.95
International Price $81.80
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