The Federation Press

The Place of Practice

Lawyering in Rural and Regional Australia

Overview

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.

Table of 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

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