Margie Rowe

Senior Lecturer
BA/LLB ANU
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Biography

Margie Rowe’s research interests have been in legal education and preparing students for professional practice. Margie has been part of an ongoing research project, the Transition to Professional Practice Project, with ANU colleagues Tony Foley, Vivien Holmes and Stephen Tang, examining the experience of Australian lawyers in their first year of practice. This project investigates the development of professionalism, ethics and wellbeing and identifies what helps junior lawyers thrive as well as factors that contribute to distress. This research has been presented at national and international conferences and was recently featured in the Law Institute of Victoria Journal (September 2015). This research also informed the 2016 publication, 'Being Well in the Law' with the NSW Law Society and NSW Young Lawyers.

As a past Chair of the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council and a family law practitioner for over 20 years, Margie is returning to research in this area. In 2015 Margie and Allison Munro of the ACT Women's Legal Centre presented a paper ‘Domestic Servitude and Slavery: Re-Positioning the Severity of Power and Control in Intimate Relationships’ at the Stop Domestic Violence Conference, Canberra, Australia.

In 2016 Margie was awarded "ACT Woman Lawyer of the Year - Community and Academic" by the ACT Women Lawyers Association and received an ANU College of Law citation for teaching excellence.

Significant research publications

  • Margie Rowe was one of the Editors and authors of the 2016 publication 'Being Well in the Law' - a joint project of the Transition to Practice research team (Foley, Tang and Holmes) with Colin James and in collaboration with the NSW Law Society and NSW Young Lawyers.
  • What makes for a happy, healthy, ethical lawyer? How do we help our junior lawyers thrive?’ (Tony Foley, Vivien Holmes, Stephen Tang and Margie Rowe) Law institute Journal August 2015
  • 'Teaching Professionalism Online – An Australian Professional Legal Education Experience’ in Fiona Westwood and Karen Barton (eds), The Calling Of Law, Ashgate, 2014 (Margie Rowe and Moira Murray).
  • 'Practising Professionalism: Observations from an Empirical Study of New Australian Lawyers' Legal Ethics, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2012 (Vivien Holmes, Tony Foley, Stephen Tang, Margie Rowe, ANU)
  • 'Teaching Professionalism in Legal Clinic – What New Practitioners Say is Important' International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Vol. 17, 2012  (Tony Foley, Margie Rowe, Vivien Holmes, Stephen Tang, ANU)
  • 'Professionalism in pre-practice legal education: an insight into the universal nature of professionalism and the nature of Professional Identity’, The Law Teacher, Vol 46, Issue 2, 2012 (Margie Rowe, Moira Murray, Fiona Westwood)

Recent news

04
Jan
2017
Yangon Downtown
Thirteen ANU College of Law students will have the chance to experience the teaching and operation of the law in a developing country, as they set off for the College’s inaugural Myanmar Clinical Program this week.
01
Dec
2016
Margie Rowe on Awards night
Engage in as many things as possible –don’t rule anything out –you never know what might be around the corner.
16
Nov
2016
Lawyers Weekly
The inaugural Women Lawyers Association ACT awards were announced on the evening of Thursday 3 November at a gala dinner at Old Parliament House. The night was a triumph for the ANU College of Law, with alumni winning in most categories and College alumna and staff member Margie Rowe (BA ’84, LLB ’84) being honoured in both the Community and the Academic categories.
22
Sep
2015
Helping junior lawyers thrive
The transition from law student to newly-admitted lawyer is a critical time, not only for the mental health and wellbeing of these lawyers but for the future of the profession.

In the Media

Past events

27
Jun
2017
Teaching and Learning Forum
1.00PM to 2.00PM Teaching and Learning Forum

Several colleagues will share their ideas about requiring  students to reflect on their learning as part of course assessment.

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

Research biography

Margie Rowe’s research interests have been in legal education and preparing students for professional practice. Margie has been part of an ongoing research project, the Transition to Professional Practice Project, with ANU colleagues Tony
Foley, Vivien Holmes and Stephen Tang, examining the experience of Australian lawyers in their first year of practice. This project investigates the development of professionalism, ethics and wellbeing and identifies what helps junior lawyers thrive as well as factors that contribute to distress. This research has been presented at national and international conferences and was recently featured in the Law Institute of Victoria Journal (September 2015).

As a past Chair of the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council and a family law practitioner for over 20 years, Margie is beginning to contribute to research in these areas.

Research projects & collaborations

Margie has been part of an ongoing research collaboration since 2012 (with Tony Foley, Vivien Holmes and Stephen Tang) - the Transition to Professional Practice Project. This research collaboration has considered professional identity formation, legal ethics, wellbeing in the law and how law students make a successful transition to professional practice.

Grants

2016:  NSW Law Society consultancy and grant to develop resources on wellbeing for new lawyers - $4,000. (with Holmes, Foley, James and Tang)

2015:  $4,000 ANU College of Law Small Grants External Research Funding Scheme (with Holmes, Foley and Tang)

2011:  $10,000 ANU Teaching Enhancement Grant for Standardised Client Initiative (with Mula and Steed)

Consultancies

  • Margie Rowe was one of the Editors of the 2016 publication 'Being Well in the Law' - a joint project of the Transition to Practice research team (Foley, Tang and Holmes) with Colin James and in collaboration with the NSW Law Society and NSW Young Lawyers.

Book chapters

  • 'Teaching Professionalism Online – An Australian Professional Legal Education Experience’ in Fiona Westwood and Karen Barton (eds), The Calling Of Law, Ashgate, 2014 (Margie Rowe and Moira Murray).

Refereed journal articles

  • ‘What makes for a happy, healthy, ethical lawyer? How do we help our junior lawyers thrive?’ (Tony Foley, Vivien Holmes, Stephen Tang and Margie Rowe) Law institute Journal August 2015 
  • 'Practising Professionalism: Observations from an Empirical Study of New Australian Lawyers' Legal Ethics, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2012 (Vivien Holmes, Tony Foley, Stephen Tang, Margie Rowe, ANU)
  • 'Teaching Professionalism in Legal Clinic – What New Practitioners Say is Important' International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Vol. 17, 2012  (Tony Foley, Margie Rowe, Vivien Holmes, Stephen Tang, ANU)
  • 'Professionalism in pre-practice legal education: an insight into the universal nature of professionalism and the nature of Professional Identity’, The Law Teacher, Vol 46, Issue 2, 2012 (Margie Rowe, Moira Murray, Fiona Westwood)

Conference papers & presentations

  • 'Being well in the Law - A Positive Spin"', Wellness Network for Law Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 2017 (with Foley, James, Tang and Holmes)
  • 'Reflecting on Humanity: Using Emotion in Family Law to Improve Student Wellbeing', Wellness Network for Law Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 2017 (with Macduff)
  • ‘Wellbeing, Professional Identity and the Legal Workplace: Supporting Newly-Admitted Lawyers in the Transition to Practice’, Wellness Network for Law Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2016 (with Foley)
  • ‘Domestic Servitude and Slavery: Re-Positioning the Severity of Power and Control in Intimate Relationships’, Stop Domestic Violence Conference, Canberra, Australia, 2015 (with Munro)
  • ‘Transitioning from a student to a lawyer: what new lawyers say is important to their professional development,’ Association of Law Teachers Conference, Nottingham Trent University, UK, 2013
  • ‘Teaching and Learning in Teams in a Professional Practice Course’ Australasian Professional Legal Education Conference, Centre for Legal Practice, Hobart, Australia, 2012 (with Murray)
  • ‘Standardised Clients: Not so standard after all!’ Australasian Professional Legal Education Conference, Centre for Legal Practice, Hobart, Australia, 2012 (with Mula)
  • ‘From Kilts to Kangaroos: Embedding Professionalism in Legal Education’, Association of Law Teachers Conference, Cardiff, Wales, 2011 (with Westwood)
  • ‘Rocking the Boat – Teaching Professionalism to students in an online learning environment’, Australasian Professional Legal Education Conference, Bond University Qld, Australia, 2010 (with Murray and Saunders)
  • ‘Providing an authentic practical experience for graduate law students’, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Darwin, Australia, 2009

Commissioned reports

Committees

External Organisations

  • Family Law Pathways Network Steering Committee, ACT & Region, 2016 and continuing
  • Women's Legal Centre ACT & Region, Board Member, Board Convenor and Co-Convenor, 1999 - 2015
  • Belconnen Arts Centre Board, Vice-Chair and Member, 2010-2012
  • ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council, Chair, 2005-2007

Internal ANU Committees

  • ANU College of Law Access to Justice and Law Reform Committee -2016 and ongoing
  • ANU Internship Coordination Group, 2016 and ongoing
  • 2004 – 2015    Served on various Legal Workshop and ANU College of Law  Committees including selection committees for staff appointments and promotions, the Undergraduate Studies Committee, the Legal Workshop Marketing Committee, the GDLP Program Committee, the PPC Working Group, the  Legal Workshop Indigenous Scholarship Committee and the College Education Committee.

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS4301
Class #1831
Myanmar Law Clinical Program
2017 LAWS4230
Class #2348
Law Internship

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS4230
Class #7383
Law Internship
2016 LAWS4267
Class #7833
Clinical Youth Law Program
2016 LAWS4267
Class #2880
Clinical Youth Law Program
2016 LAWS4230
Class #6646
Law Internship

Books

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