Conference Presenter Profile

Elizabeth Sara Curran

Name: Elizabeth Sara Curran

Professional Title: Dr

Affiliation: Australian National University

Country: Australia

Title of Presentation(s):

  • New Approaches to lawyering – Imperatives for changes in legal education’ – interactive.

Short Bio: Mission and Strategy: Social justice & community and professional empowerment – identify gaps, provide an evidence base for effective and good service, enable others, provide voice a for those without one and move to next gap. Melbourne based, Dr Liz Curran teaches in the Australia-wide Professional Legal Training, Australian National University School of Legal Practice mainly in the ‘Ready for Practice’ intensives (8 annually) and is Associate Director of the Centre of Profession, Education and Regulation in Law Centre (PEARL) and the Leader of the ‘Access to Justice’ stream of PEARL. Liz was the recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal for ‘services to community and lecturing’. Liz was a clinical legal educator/solicitor/ Director of a legal service all based in a community health centre for ten years. Liz’s research is around effective legal practice including multi-disciplinary practice where lawyers work collaboratively with non-legal professionals to reach clients unlikely to gain legal help due to barriers. Liz has developed scenarios for students that reflect real life practice and innovations in service delivery preparing students for practice in the 21st Century. She has published research reports (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017) on outcomes, quality and effectiveness, youth justice and on a ‘Strategic Approaches to Problem Solving’ (March 2013). Liz is ‘expert advisor’ on the Law Council of Australia’s Justice Project. Between 2014 and end 2018 Liz is commissioned to conduct a number of research evaluations of Multi –Disciplinary practice including Health Justice Partnerships (HJP) in Australia and advising in Canada and recently the UK. See Liz is a regular media commentator on human rights and access to justice. Liz is Senior Fellow at Nottingham Trent University and Visiting Scholar (ongoing) University of Portsmouth in the UK. Her recent research on HJP’s aims to better reach clients in most need of legal help, who currently have no access, through multi-disciplinary practice. Liz’s research on effective legal and community service practice, impact and positive client outcomes examining what improves the social determinants of health has led to considerable interest domestically and overseas. Liz is advising the Legal Services Board Victoria (LSB) on evaluation to support and guide eight LSB HJP funded services. Her research uses empirical study to find what works and why and gives a voice to people who are often invisible and experience social exclusion. Liz is also a ANU seconded solicitor to Consumer Action Law Centre and also undertakes community development and professional training for legal and non -legal professionals. Liz is heavily cited in the Productivity Commission’s Reports on ‘Access to Justice Arrangements’ (Volumes One and Two), the Allen Consulting ‘Review of the National Partnership Agreement of Legal Assistance Service in Australia’. She has sat on many government and statutory advisories and many of her law reform suggestions have been implemented. She has practiced in domestic human rights, poverty law issues including criminal law, youth justice, family law, family violence, debt and credit and discrimination as well as commercial and general litigation. See

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