Network Co-convenors

As at 27 September 2019 there are THREE (3) co-convenors of LEAD. Co-convenors plan network priorities, projects, and meetings.

Ms Judith Marychurch, Assistant Dean (Teaching & Learning), Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. 

Judith is the recipient of a national Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2006) and the Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning (OCTAL) Award (2006). In 2013 Judith was selected as a member of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts in Discipline 0909 Law; Academic administration; and Curriculum development and design.

Dr Michael Nancarrow, Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University.

Michael has taught at a range of universities and Law Schools in Australia and been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford Law School (USA) and Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada). Since 2013 he became more intensively involved in online legal education, through teaching into the CQUniversity online LLB program and taking responsibility for the property law courses within the CQU LLB program.

Associate Professor Kelley Burton, School of Law and Criminology, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Kelley is a member of various university and faculty decision-making bodies including the USC Academic Board and the USC Learning and Teaching Committee. In 2017 Kelley was awarded a prestigious Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Kelley has demonstrated leadership in designing innovative resources that demonstrate a strong command of criminal law education and fulfil the future needs of budding lawyers.

Network funding

The then Law AD Network received initial funding from the ALTC (then OLT) to facilitate development and distribution of Good Practice Guides in Legal Education, hold network meetings, provide conference assistance and to support the development of a specific website portal to assist in distribution of the Good Practice Guides. That initial funding has expired.

After ongoing discussion between LEAD and the Council for Australian Law Deans (CALD), CALD graciously agreed to provide some limited ongoing funding to support LEAD meeting activities and research projects.

Network priorities

The aim of the Network is promote collaborative approaches to teaching and learning in Australian legal education. The LEAD Network will lead teaching and learning in the discipline of law, as well as encourage and document good practice and establishing a community of practice. The purpose of the initial project was to create processes and strategies to sustain the Network as an ongoing leadership group with regular (twice-yearly), well-timed national meetings, and linked to meetings of either CALD or the Australian Law Academics Association where possible.

The project established a website as a repository for sharing LEAD Network outcomes with the sector, including the dissemination of Good Practice Guides on the threshold leaning outcomes (TLOs) for both the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctorate degrees to Australian Universities offering a law degree. 

At the first meeting of the then Law AD Network in June 2010, the group provided feedback for the development of the Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for the Bachelor of Laws. At the second meeting of the Law AD Network, held in Melbourne in September 2010, there was broad support for an ongoing network of Associate Deans, both for the purpose of TLOs, but also for a broader purpose of sharing practices and research relating to teaching and learning in Australian law schools. In March 2011 the Law AD Network also commissioned six Good Practice Guides (GPGs) to implement the Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for the Bachelors of Laws (with reports due in August 2011). A further three Good Practice Guides were published in May 2013. In May 2011, a group of Law ADs from various Universities have also worked together to create preliminary threshold learning outcomes for the Juris Doctorate (JD) degree.

Specific dissemination outcomes of the project include:

• ongoing dissemination of Law AD Network outcomes through reporting to CALD as well as reports from each AD Network meeting distributed to the entire network;

• distribution of hard-copy Good Practice Guides on TLOs to Australian Universities through the Law ADs (Teaching and Learning);

• establishment of a website as a repository for the purpose of sharing Law AD Network outcomes with the sector; EOI Law AD Network 3

• Dissemination and sharing of GPGs on the TLOs for both the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctorate degrees to Australian Universities offering a law degree through Law Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning);

• Outcomes of the Law AD Network to be disseminated at the Annual Australasian Law Teachers' Association (ALTA) Conference.

For further discussion about the benefits and rationale for the Network see the article by original Project Lead Kate Galloway 'Networking supports legal education', Campus Review (May 2012)