Elena Marchetti has a passion for research. It’s a passion that has led her from teaching at Griffith University to her current position as Research Professor in the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Law. Elena’s dedication to her work is clear as she tells me about her latest project. “I’m looking at whether having a […]

Legal Aid NSW has revealed that the Illawarra region has the most participants in the State in a scheme that allows the disadvantaged to clear their fines through unpaid work, courses or treatment. The Work and Development Orders Scheme assists those individuals who can show they are having trouble paying their fines due to homelessness, […]

Illawarra Legal Centre

The Illawarra Legal Centre is set to expand its financial counselling service to several new outreach locations in 2013. Financial counselling will be available in Wollongong, Corrimal, Warilla, Kiama, Ulladulla and Nowra. The Legal Centre is located in Warrawong and currently offers free financial counselling over the phone and by appointment at the centre. The […]

The State government’s decision to close the Youth Drug and Alcohol Court has sparked interest from local community groups, who see an urgent need for a program to replace the Court. The Youth Drug Court diverted young offenders into counselling and rehabilitation programs instead of sending them to gaol. Successful graduates of the programs were […]

A free student legal clinic has been established at the University of Wollongong using funds raised by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SAF). The clinic opened in late August in response to the online submissions of UOW students on which areas they thought the SAF funding should be spent. Since August the clinic has […]

High rates of depression amongst law students and legal professionals have prompted the University of Wollongong to implement its Vitality for Life and Law program for the third year in a row. The program was developed in 2009 by Holly Kneebone, a former lawyer now working as a legal coach and leadership consultant. Kneebone developed […]

It is inevitable that a news story will progress. The media’s coverage of an issue will constantly change shape, evolving and expanding as greater awareness of the issue emerges and audience interest sparks a push for new angles on the story to be taken. The media coverage of the recent Federal Government reviews into the […]

On the last day of April the Federal government released the Final Report of the Convergence Review to the nation. Some very information hungry news sources were waiting and pounced on the Report, generating a wealth of commentary, analysis and opinion across the media landscape for their audiences to enjoy. In fact they were speculating […]

In the introductory lecture for Convergent Media Practices in Week One I was surprised to find that all three of the assessments for the subject were related, and that each built upon the previous in helping to improve our understanding of ‘convergence’ in preparation for the final essay due in Week 12. Having already studied […]

We live in a society that is inevitably and universally concerned with safety. From your Dad checking you have enough money for a taxi when you finish work late, to your friends making sure you made it home ok from that party last night, we have come to expect a certain level of concern from […]