Using technology to increase support for rural and regional legal professionals

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Kennedy, Amanda and Winn, Stephen. 2011. "Using technology to increase support for rural and regional legal professionals." Deakin Law Review. 16 (1), pp. 209-223.
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Using technology to increase support for rural and regional legal professionals

ERA Journal ID33243
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKennedy, Amanda (Author) and Winn, Stephen (Author)
EditorsCoverdale, Richard
Journal TitleDeakin Law Review
Journal Citation16 (1), pp. 209-223
Number of Pages15
Year2011
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN1321-3660
1835-9264
Abstract

An examination of available continuing professional education (CPE) opportunities for legal practitioners in rural and regional Australia illustrates that more can be done to ensure that practitioners receive a high quality and synchronous program that can be sustained and that is adequate to fulfil the ongoing needs of rural and regional practitioners. The provision of CPE is focused principally upon the delivery of professional knowledge relevant to legal practice. However, there is limited evidence of highly developed systems that draw on sophisticated educational pedagogy and synchronous interactive technology to deliver professional content. The use of synchronous interactive technologies which provide for a deeper, peer-to-peer interaction are not currently in widespread use. Moreover, there is currently minimal support for the broader issues of the management of rural and regional practice, the specific family or health and welfare issues of rural and regional legal professionals, and the particular problems confronting rural and regional professionals living in small communities where complementary services are lacking. This paper explores the potential to significantly increase support for rural and regional legal professionals in ways that address the above issues.

Keywordscontinuing education; skills maintenance; solicitors; barristers; legal profession; rural centres
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
460608. Mobile computing
390301. Continuing and community education
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Copyright 2011 Deakin University. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Paper originally presented at: 1st National Rural Regional Law and Justice Conference 2010. Held at Warrnambool 19-21 Nov 2010

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New England
Event1st National Rural Regional Law and Justice Conference 2010
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Event Details
1st National Rural Regional Law and Justice Conference 2010
Event Date
19 to end of 21 Nov 2010
Event Location
Warrnambool, Australia
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