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Jacqueline Weinberg

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20182020

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Personal profile

Biography

Jacqueline Weinberg is the Academic Director of Springvale Monash Legal Service, Lecturer in Law and Clinical Practice Supervisor in Monash Legal Practice Programs. Jacqueline has  been committed to education and academic pursuits for over 30 years and has attained graduate and post-graduate qualifications in the areas of legal education and clinical legal education. Jacqueline’s interest and capability in the area of research, is strongly verified through being awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) in 2016, a full academic scholarship for the duration of her PhD. Jacqueline’s PhD explored the teaching of alternative dispute resolution in Australian clinical legal education. Jacqueline’s areas of research include dispute resolution, student wellbeing and the links between technology and the law in enhancing access to justice. Jacqueline has presented at numerous conferences both internationally and within Australia, including the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conferences, The National Wellness for Law Forums and the ADR Research Network Roundtables.   

Research interests

Clinical Legal Education - Jacqueline has been a clinical educator in the Monash Clinical Program since 2009. In 2020, she obtained her PhD with a thesis entitled, ‘An Exploration of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Clinical Legal Education’. Her research, undertaken at 25 Australian clinics, provides empirical data and analysis specifically addressing this neglected area. The study provides a clinical legal context from which further research and clinical teaching strategies of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) skills can evolve. This thesis explores alternative dispute resolution (ADR) teaching in Australian clinical legal education. In a university law clinic, clinical legal education teaches students the skills needed for legal practice. With ADR becoming increasingly dominant in Australian legal practice, clinic students need to become knowledgeable about ADR so as to better advise clients about cost effective options for resolving cases without resorting to litigation. This enhanced focus on ADR has a vital ancillary effect of advancing access to justice. This thesis makes recommendations about how dispute resolution teaching can be better incorporated into clinical legal education for enhanced access to justice.

 

Dispute Resolution- Jacqueline is a core member of the ADR Research Network, a group of leading dispute resolution academics from across Australia. Jacqueline has presented her research on teaching ADR in clinical legal education at ADR Network Conferences, both nationally and internationally. At the 2019 ADR Research Network Roundtable, Jacqueline presented a paper entitled ‘Enhancing ADR teaching and social justice learning in clinical legal education’. In this paper, Jacqueline reports the findings from her PhD research of observations of clinician and student interactions within the clinics. These observations were undertaken in various Australian clinics to determine whether ADR teaching is taking place, and if so, how this teaching can be further enhanced.

 

Technology and Access to Justice – Jacqueline’s role in establishing a virtual legal clinic at Monash Law Clinics, has enabled her to identify ways in which to adapt existing clinical models to expand practice-based learning opportunities for clients to access justice. To date, Jacqueline has researched and published on the development and implementation of the virtual legal clinic. Future research will be undertaken to evaluate the virtual legal clinic. These findings will be disseminated to other legal services and clinical programs via publications and conference presentations.

 

Wellbeing and clinical legal education- Jacqueline has conducted research exploring and developing a best practice approach to wellbeing in clinical legal education. It is intended that these findings will inform future pedagogical strategy for clinical programs. Drawing upon data collected and analysed about students’ attitudes and experiences of wellbeing, new more effective strategies will be developed for student wellbeing to be implemented within clinical programs.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, Clinical Legal Education, Dispute Resolution, BA, HDE, LLB, LLM, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 24 Jun 2020

Research area keywords

  • Clinical Legal Education
  • ADR education
  • legal education

Research Output

  • 1 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Other contribution

Experiential legal education: stepping back to see the future

Giddings, J. & Weinberg, J., 2020, Modernising Legal Education. Denvir, C. (ed.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 38-56 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

The common missions of ADR and clinical legal education provide a solid foundation for teaching ADR in clinic

Weinberg, J., 21 Jan 2019, Australia : Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Keeping up with change: no alternative to teaching ADR in clinic. An Australian perspective

Weinberg, J., 2018, In : International Journal of Clinical Legal Education. 25, 1, p. 35-78 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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