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Amanda Kennedy is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales. One of Amanda’s principal teaching and research interests is legal practice in rural and regional communities. In 2012 Associate Professor Kennedy led a cross-institutional research project funded by a Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations grant entitled ‘Rethinking law curriculum: developing strategies to prepare law graduates for practice in rural and regional Australia’. This project developed materials for the undergraduate law curriculum to assist in preparing lawyers and other legal professionals for careers in rural and regional Australia. Upon completing this research project, Associate Professor Kennedy developed a new subject of study within the undergraduate law degree at UNE entitled Legal Practice in Rural and Regional Communities. Associate Professor Kennedy was on the organising team of the 2012 Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference, which brought together delegates from all states and territories, representing the legal profession, government, legal support services, and academia. She has also served as a Council Member of the National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Alliance.

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