Dr Colin James

Senior Lecturer

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Research interests

Biography

Dr Colin James, a solicitor since 1989, has published in many fields associated with legal education, legal history, legal practice and the well-being of law students and lawyers.

With qualifications in law, history and psychology, Colin presents at many national and international conferences. He was chief investigator in a study (with Dr Nicola Ross) of how experienced lawyers respond to serious cases of domestic violence. He was a member of a team investigating academic integrity policies and practices in the Australian tertiary sector and published several papers on encouraging academic integrity in legal education to promote professional identity in law students.

Other projects include (with Jenny Finlay- Jones) studying the emotional intelligence of graduate lawyers, and (with Felicity Wardhaugh) with law students on clinical placement, and studies on resilience, habits and psychological strengths as strategies for thriving in legal education and practice.

Colin is contributing editor (with Associate Professor Rachael Field and James Duffy) of a book titled ‘Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond’, and has supervised PhDs and DBAs on topics ranging from domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, industrial ethics and worker safety practices, and first-responders’ powers of detention in a mental health emergency.

In the Media

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Dr Colin James, a solicitor since 1989, has published in many fields associated with legal education, legal history, legal practice and the well-being of law students and lawyers.

With qualifications in law, history and psychology, Colin presents at many national and international conferences. He was chief investigator in a study (with Dr Nicola Ross) of how experienced lawyers respond to serious cases of domestic violence. He was a member of a team investigating academic integrity policies and practices in the Australian tertiary sector and published several papers on encouraging academic integrity in legal education to promote professional identity in law students.

Other projects include (with Jenny Finlay- Jones) studying the emotional intelligence of graduate lawyers, and (with Felicity Wardhaugh) with law students on clinical placement, and studies on resilience, habits and psychological strengths as strategies for thriving in legal education and practice.

Colin is contributing editor (with Associate Professor Rachael Field and James Duffy) of a book titled ‘Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond’, and has supervised PhDs and DBAs on topics ranging from domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, industrial ethics and worker safety practices, and first-responders’ powers of detention in a mental health emergency.

Books & edited collections

'Being Well in the Law' (2017) with Tony FoleyVivien HolmesStephen TangMargie Rowe, and Ian Hickey, published by the Law Society of NSW.

Promoting law student and lawyer well-being in Australia and beyond (with Rachel Field and James Duffy) (2016), Routledge

Book chapters

  • The Ethics of Well-being: Psychological Health as the Vanguard for Sociological Change (2019), In: Caroline Strevens and Rachael Field (Eds) Education for Well-Being in Law: Positive Professional Identities and Practice
  • Resilient lawyers: maximising well-being in legal education and practice chapter (2016), In: Rachel Field, James Duffy, Colin James (Eds) Promoting law student and lawyer well-being in Australia and beyond

Refereed journal articles

  • Lawyers Practice Manual, Thomson Reuters (2017) - 'Chapter E: Effective Writing for Lawyers'
  • Journal of Health and Safety Research and Practice, Vol 23 (2017) Moral Intensity and Individual State Constructs: Maturing Safety Culture through an Ethical Lens

  • Alternative Law Journal - Vol 42(1) (2017) 'Legal practice on time: The ethical risk and inefficiency of the six-minute unit'
  • Journal of Clinical Nursing (2017)  'The Culture of Pretence: A hidden barrier to recognising, disclosing and ending domestic violence' (with Lyn Francis and Deb Loxton)
  • International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Vol 23 (2016) Enhancing Emotional Competencies with Law Students
  • Australian Journal of Family Law, Vol.30 - (2016)  'Did he ever hit you? Exploring the attitudes of lawyers in the assessment of the seriousness of threats and violent histories in domestic violence cases' (with Nicola Ross)
  • Journal of Health Research and Safety - under review 'Moral Intensity and Individual State Constructs: Maturing Safety Culture through an Ethical Lens (with Daniel Carpenter)
  • International Journal for Educational Integrity, Vol 10 (2014) Promoting academic integrity in legal education: 'Unanswered questions' on disclosure 
  • International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Vol 1 (2014) A Client-Focused Practice: Developing and Testing Emotional Competency in Clinical Legal Interviews

Research interests

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2020 LEGW8107
Class #9381
Family Law Practice
2020 LEGM8581
Class #9406
Foundations of Family Law and Practice

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