Associates of the Legal Professions Research Network are academic members from institutions external to the Melbourne Law School
Dr Steven Vaughan, University of Birmingham
Visiting Academic, September 2016
Steven is a Senior Lecturer at the Law School, University of Birmingham and Director of Research in the Law School’s Centre on Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER). He spent almost a decade in practice in the City, first with Freshfields and then with Latham & Watkins, before making the move into academia. His work focuses on lawyers' practices, ethics and regulation. Steven has published, with Hart, a popular book on the future of legal education and the legal profession, conducted research for the Solicitors Regulation Authority on the concept of lawyer independence in large law firms, and is currently writing a book on in-house lawyers with Professor Richard Moorhead (University College London). Away from the university, he sits on the Policy Committee of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Research Strategy Group of the Legal Services Board and the LGBT Lawyers Committee of The Law Society of England and Wales.
Professor Lisa Webley
Visiting Academic, March 2017
Lisa is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies and Director of the Centre on the Legal Profession at Westminster Law School. She also holds a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests include gender and diversity in the legal profession, regulation of the legal profession, the role of technology in 21st century legal services, legal education, legal ethics, family law and access to justice; she regularly undertakes funded empirical research on these areas. She serves on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales, and is Secretary of the International Association of Legal Ethics. Lisa was the Oxford University Press UK Law Teacher of the Year in 2016.
Professor Joan Loughrey
Visiting Academic, May 2017
Joan is Deputy Head of the Law School at the University of Leeds, UK. A graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, Joan qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and Hong Kong, and practised as a commercial litigator before entering academia. Joan’s research interests are in corporate governance and company law, regulation of the legal profession, the law regulating lawyers (especially conflicts of interest and legal professional privilege) and the regulation of conduct in financial services. She has published extensively across these fields, including a major monograph, Corporate Lawyers and Corporate Governance (Cambridge UP, 2011)
Professor Abbe Smith
Visiting Academic, June 2017
Abbe is Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic and Co-Director of the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program at Georgetown Law School , Washington DC. A graduate of Yale and NYU, Abbe teaches and writes on criminal defense, legal ethics, juvenile justice, and clinical legal education. In addition to numerous law journal articles, she is the author of Case of a Lifetime: A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Story (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), and co-author with Monroe Freedman of Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics (5th ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2016). Abbe was also a visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar at Melbourne Law School in 2005-06.