When Australia went into lockdown, Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) student Lisa Higgins went into action.
The part-time teacher, mother, and full-time student looked for answers to how the pandemic was affecting legal issues such as human rights, the court system, the constitution, and international trade.
Her idea for a 10-part podcast, Coronavirus and the Law, featuring interviews with her teachers, was born.
Since she proposed the idea to the College of Law and Justice, Lisa received a grant through the Student Services and Amenities Fee, and found VU’s ‘Video Hive’ to help with the project. She has completed eight of the 10 podcast episodes.
“The aim is to give VU law students a medium outside their studies to engage in current legal issues, while showcasing the expertise of our law academics,” she said.
On top of her podcast project and completing her final year of studies, Lisa also works part-time in a private family law practice and is also a primary school teacher.
“I’ve been a teacher for over 13 years, but for the past few years I’ve been transitioning into law. It’s opened my eyes to many opportunities for law graduates, even in the midst of a pandemic.”
Lisa plans to do honours and research family law issues and reform, then practise family law or pursue further studies and research after she graduates.
She also plans to make future podcasts that:
- feature family law issues that have surfaced during the pandemic
- revisit administrative law issues - such as the judicial injury into hotel quarantine, or employment law issues.
The podcast series, Coronavirus and the Law, is available on Panopto.
The series features the following academics discussing COVID-19’s impact on:
- Dr Matt Harvey – Constitutional Law
- Mr Bill Swannie - Human Rights
- Mr David Tedhams – The Courts
- Associate Professor Lidia Xynas – Corporations Law
- Dr Tristan Galloway – Administration Law
- Dr Robert Walters – International Trade
- Ms Pam Christou - Students
- Associate Professor Lidia Xynas – Beyond COVID-19.