Lawyering in the Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR)

Have you considered working in the legal field in Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) Australia? Or wondered how you can explore a career in the RRR?

Join our panellists as they discuss their work experiences and journeys in the RRR as well as the complex challenges and emerging opportunities it offers. Learn about current and possible internship or work experience opportunities at ANU College of Law and how you can pursue this as an area of interest in your career.

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20 Oct 2020


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


  • Corina Martin
  • Dr Anthony Hopkins
    Dr Anthony Hopkins

    Dr Anthony Hopkins is an Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law and Chair of the Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, having joined the ANU in 2015. In 2018, Anthony received a Vice-Chancellor’s citation for outstanding contribution to student learning in recognition of his innovative teaching approaches designed to take students as close as possible to the coalface of legal practice. Anthony began his career as a criminal defence lawyer in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. He practiced as criminal defence barrister from 2010 until 2021 when he was appointed as a Special Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court, where he works with Elders in the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court. Anthony’s research is focused on colonialism, inequality and marginalisation as they shape, intersect with and are compounded by the criminal justice system. This work begins with recognising the importance of listening to and understanding the experiences of those caught in that system, and depends upon self-reflection and a willingness to recognise settler-colonial and other forms of privilege that shape dominant views of reality. Anthony has a particular focus on decarceration and reforms designed to reduce criminal justice system involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. More recently he has focused on exploring the links between therapeutic jurisprudence, equality and compassion, where compassion is understood as the foundation that motivates and enables turning towards those who are caught in the criminal justice system and as a guiding principle for system redesign.

  • Helen McGowan
  • Joanne van der Plaat
    Joanne van der Plaat

    Joanne van der Plaat is Senior Vice President and Councillor of the Law Society of New South
    Wales. Joanne is also Co-Chair of the Law Society of New South Wales Rural Issues Committee,
    Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee and a member of the Disclosure Committee.
    Joanne has practised in Cooma for the past 12 years predominantly in the areas of workplace
    relations, property and planning and wills and estates. She lives on a rural property in the NSW
    Snowy Mountains with her husband and two teenage children and is a prominent advocate for
    the recruitment and retention of lawyers in RRR areas and the importance of business
    development and succession planning in rural firms.
    Joanne holds a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University and is a graduate of the Australian
    Institute of Company Directors.
    Joanne is also the national Chair of the Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) Lawyers Committee
    at the Law Council of Australia.

  • Lily Cox

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