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Title: Using technology to increase support for rural and regional legal professionals
Contributor(s): Kennedy, Amanda L (author); Winn, Stephen (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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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 adequate ongoing technical and personal support to retain them in rural and regional areas. The provision of CPE is focused principally upon the delivery of technical knowledge relevant to legal practice. However, there is limited evidence of highly developed systems that draw on sophisticated educational technique and advanced technology to deliver technical content. The use of advanced technologies which provide for a deeper, peer-to-peer interaction, are not currently in widespread use. Moreover, there is 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, nor the particular problems facing rural and regional professionals living in small communities where complementary services are lacking. This paper will explore the potential to significantly increase support for rural and regional legal professionals in the following aspects: a. The increased use of sophisticated technologies, coupled with more advanced educational techniques, to deliver both content and to allow peer-to-peer interaction; and b. The delivery of material, and enablement of peer-to-peer and peer-to-expert dialogue, on other concerns. These include improved interpersonal and management skills, matters of personal and family welfare given the challenges of rural contexts, and the opportunity for greater support on sensitive issues such as ethics and disputes.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: National Rural/Regional Law and Justice Conference, Warrnambool, Australia, 19th - 21st November, 2010
Conference Details: National Rural/Regional Law and Justice Conference, Warrnambool, Australia, 19th - 21st November, 2010
Source of Publication: Presented at the National Rural/Regional Law and Justice Conference
Publisher: Deakin University
Place of Publication: Online
Field of Research (FOR): 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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