Kathleen is a law lecturer with the First Year College.

After completing her Bachelor of Laws (With Honours) she was admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and in the High Court of Australia. She practiced as a solicitor at Patrick J Cannon Coburn & Associates for a number of years. During her legal career she has also worked as a legal volunteer at Wyndham Legal Service, Fitzroy Legal Service and the Communications Law Centre.

Since 2015, Kathleen has been working as a law lecturer at Victoria University. She has taught a number of different law units including Family Law, Privacy and Media Law, Australian Legal Systems, Law and Practice, Legal Writing and Drafting and Legal Research Methods.

She is a contributing member of the Course Advisory Group Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee within the College of Law and Justice. In 2016 and 2017 she served as the First Year Champion within the College of Law and Justice and assisted first year students with their transition into university.

She now works within the First Year College and specialises in teaching first year law units in block mode.


Refereed journal articles

Samarawickrema, G. & Raponi, K (In Press) A field trip in the first week at university: Perspectives from our LLB students. The Law Teacher


Raponi, K. & O'Sullivan, C. (2018) Foundations of Law in Australia: A custom publication for Victoria University 2nd edition (compilation text), LexisNexis

Raponi, K. (2018) Legal, Writing & Drafting Guide: A custom publication for Victoria University (compilation text), Sydney, LexisNexis Butterworths.

Industry experience

  • Admitted to Legal Practice Supreme Court of Victoria February 2010
  • Admitted to Legal Practice High Court of Australia February 2010
  • Experience working as a solicitor.


Areas of expertise

  • Family Law
  • criminal law
  • Wills and Estates
  • Conveyancing
  • Litigation

Contact details

(03) 9919 1998