As part of our monthly newsletter here at the CLSS, we have decided to include a new section to The Summons where we interview key members of the Law and Justice Faculty. The Summons will include a shortened version of the interviews for reader entertainment, whereas the full interviews can be read here on our blog, The Subpoena. The purpose of these interviews are to pay homage to the lecturers and tutors at our University. We spend so much time listening to them talk about law and justice we sometimes forget that they are still people too.
This month we chose to interview Dr Benedict Sheehy, Head of the Canberra Law School at the University of Canberra.
Q. When did you first experience law in your life?
Q. Where at?
Q. What peaked your interest in law and what made you decide to go into the field?
Q. I'm pretty much the same, I can't do maths and I'm not very good at science. So, in that case, what keeps you going, like what drives you to keep doing law?
Q. If you weren't working in law and justice what do you think you would be doing?
Q. Before you were doing academia what made you decide to choose academia as the path you are on now?
Q. What do you think has been the biggest change that you've seen in law in the past few years?
Q. Yeah, especially I've been listening to quite a few podcasts done by the college of law, and a lot of the people they're interviewing are discussing how law and tech are coming together. For instance I was listening to one where the head of the Legal Forecast, Milan Gandhi, was talking about how they've sort of been orchestrating talks and stuff in order to get lawyers more aware of how tech is being brought into the field. I was also reading the aftermath of a competition run by the NSW supreme court, where they ran two competitions: one was to come up with an algorithm that replaces the current costs assessment scheme, and I think the other one was coming up with an algorithm that allowed clients to receive information without actually consulting a lawyer. So its interesting to see how a lot of the tech is removing the, I guess, what you would consider the mundane repetitiveness of lawyers work. And so Lawyers are having to move more into that human interactive space where machines can't replicate that. So in saying that, where do you think the legal profession is going to move forward to in the future?
Q. So with all the focus around law and tech and how we're moving towards it, what sort of challenges do you think students face in that space, and how should they best accommodate?
Q. Moving away from the more law focused questions, what type of activities do you do when you're not at university to just try and relax and unwind and get away from it all?
Q. Was there ever a point in your career since moving into law that you considered changing or like moving out of law, and if there was how did you move past it?
Q. Going off what you were saying how in law school you felt, I guess, a little disenfranchised when you were doing study, I know I had a similar experience before the start of this year, and I've heard a lot of students face similar experiences, that's why we have the wellbeing officers for the law society; what sort of things do you think students can do to overcome this sort of disenfranchisement, and how to move past it?
Q. Speaking about students, do you think students have changed at all since you were going to school, and if so how have they changed?
Q. What is an interesting point of law that’s come out, or that you have a particular interest in yourself, that you would like to see explored in greater depth?
Q. We'll finish off on some more light hearted questions.
Q. Are you a coffee or tea person?
Q. Do you like cats or dogs better?
Q. Just to finish of what would be your happiness or wellbeing tip that law students could take on?
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