Profile Image

Ms Jacqueline Svenson

Legal Practitioner

Newcastle Law School (Law)

Career Summary

Biography

Jacquie is a Clinical Teacher/Solicitor at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC). She provides clinical supervision to law students at the UNLC and teaches into the Law School's Practice Program, Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees.  Jacquie has acted in multiple high profile public interest cases at the UNLC including the successful case to return King Edward Headland Reserve to public hands, the protection of a large area of squirrel glider and koala habitat at Anna Bay, NSW, and the refusal of development consent for a large late trading pokie-pub in a very disadvantaged area of Sydney (Casula) on behalf of 3500 objecting community members due to its likely influence on increasing violence, alcoholism and domestic violence in the region.

Previous to her role at UNLC, Jacquie was an employed solicitor at the NSW Environmental Defenders' Office running public interest environmental litigation in the NSW Land & Environment Court, at the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation Legal Branch as a prosecutor, and in the Environment & Planning Group of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Sydney)(now King & Wood Mallesons).

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW 2002.

Restricted Practising Certificate from the Law Society of NSW

AWARDS: University of Newcastle Faculty of Business and Law Excellence in External Engagement Staff Award.

Research Expertise
Environmental law, public interest litigation, discrimination, feminist legal theory.

Teaching Expertise (current)
LAWS 6025 - Environnmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic - Course Co-Ordinator

LAWS 4054B/LAWS 6014B Legal Practice 2 - Employment Law Practice - Lecturer

LAWS4002 - Administrative Law - Tutor

LAWS4003 - Civil Procedure - Tutor

Teaching Expertise (past)

LAWS 5010 & 6020 - Environmental Law - Lecturer (2016)

LAWS 5036 - International Clinical Legal Externship (2015 & 2016) - Course Coordinator & Lecturer

LAWS 4054A - Environmental Law Practice (2010 & 2012)

LAWS 4054A - Professional Practice (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)


Administrative Expertise

Convenor, Environmental Law Interest Group, Australian Law Teachers' Association (ALTA)

Member, Law Society NSW 




Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Environmental
  • Feminist legal theory
  • Litigation
  • Public interest

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2006 - 9/12/2008 Senior Solicitor Environmental Defenders' Office (NSW) Ltd
Australia
4/02/2004 - 7/09/2006 Legal Officer Department of Environment, Conservation & Climate Change
Legal Branch
Australia
4/02/2003 - 3/02/2004 Solicitor Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Environment & Planning Group
Australia
4/02/2002 - 29/01/2003 Solicitor Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Property Group
Australia
2/06/1999 - 7/12/2001 Paralegal Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Environment & Planning
Australia
9/02/1998 - 8/01/1999 Environment Liaison Officer

Lobbist in NSW State Parliament on behalf of 7 Peak Environmental NGOs: Greenpeace, Total Environment Centre, Nature Conservation Council, Friends of the Earth, National Parks Association.

Nature Conservation Council
Australia
3/07/1995 - 27/12/1996 Environment Advisor

Advising and assisting the Senator on proposed environmental legislation & policy and constituent issues.

Parliament of Australia
Office of Senator Christabel Chamarette (Greens NSW)
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
LAWS4055A Employment & Industrial Practice
Newcastle Law School

This course is an optional compulsory module that is required for admission as a legal practitioner as part of the Professional Programme. On successful completion of this module, students will have met the applicable LPAB competency standards for Employment & Industrial Practice (et out below), gained an understanding of the social and political importance of current Australian Federal industrial relations law, developed further competency in statutory interpretation, and in practicing the substantive law practice and procedure most commonly involved in employment and industrial relations practice, and demonstrated the capacity to reflect critically on their own learning experiences in recognising Law as a dynamic discipline requiring lifelong learning and skill development.

.
Lecturer 25/07/2017 - 28/10/2017
LAWS4002 Administrative Law
Newcastle Law School
The study of Administrative Law involves examination of the legal rules and institutions through which governmental decisionmaking is authorised, effected, limited and reviewed. This course examines both the exercise of executive power by administrative agencies and officials, and the means by which administrative decisions can be supervised, controlled and challenged. Whilst judicial review of administrative action is at the heart of the course, extra-judicial mechanisms (including merits review and the ombudsmen) are also considered. Means of accessing information held by the administration are also evaluated.
Tutor 25/07/2017 - 25/11/2017
LAWS4003 Civil Procedure
Newcastle Law School
This course explains NSW procedural law and demonstrates how to apply it to hypothetical civil disputes in New South Wales. Procedural rules from other States and Federal Court procedure will be discussed where possible for comparison purposes.
Tutor 25/07/2017 - 25/11/2017
LAWS6025 Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic
Newcastle Law School

In this course students carry out work on current or potential environmental and natural resources law cases in or proposed for the Land & Environment Court of NSW, supervised by an experience environmental law Clinical Teacher/Solicitor at UNLC. This practical work is scaffolded by an intensive series of online lectures on NSW natural resources and environmental law, judicial review and civil enforcement techniques, and in-class exercises, discussions and field trips. From engagement in environmental advocacy and targeted course content, students will learn about the reasons why the law seeks to protect the environment, its techniques and methods, and its potential and limits in doing so. Students will gain hands on knowledge preparing them for practicing and policy-making in the environmental and natural resources law field, as well as an opportunity to reflect on these practices.

 As this course may involve current clients at the UNLC, participants will be required to sign the confidentiality agreement attached at the end of this Course Outline.

Course Co-ordinator & Lecturer 23/02/2017 - 26/05/2017
LAWS4054A Legal Practice 1 - Part A
Newcastle Law School

The courses introduces the practice of law, focusing on dispute resolution, legal transactions, legal actions and gives emphasis to professional responsibility and ethical behaviour. The course is made up of a number of components and modules which cover a variety of areas of practice where communication, research, advocacy and legal transaction skills are utilised.

Students undertake placement at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre interviewing clients and undertaking in-depth casework, simulation and drafting exercises and attend legal office placements in the general areas of litigation and legal transactions.

Clinical Teacher/Solicitor 25/01/2017 - 9/06/2017
LAWS4054B Legal Practice 1 - Part B
Newcastle Law School

The courses introduces the practice of law, focusing on dispute resolution, legal transactions, legal actions and gives emphasis to professional responsibility and ethical behaviour. The course is made up of a number of components and modules which cover a variety of areas of practice where communication, research, advocacy and legal transaction skills are utilised.

Students undertake placement at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre interviewing clients and undertaking in-depth casework, simulation and drafting exercises and attend legal office placements in the general areas of litigation and legal transactions.

Clinical Teacher/Solicitor 25/07/2017 - 30/11/2017
Edit

Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $339,678

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20161 grants / $66,000

LAWS5036 - International Clinical Legal Externship - Indonesia$66,000

An intensive 10 day internship placing 20 NLS JD and LLB law students and two law academic supervisors in NGOs and government institutions focusing on environmental and natural resources law and corruption prevention in Jakarta and Bogor, Indonesia, in partnership with the Universities of Atma Jaya and Brawijaya.

Funding body: Commonwealth

Funding body Commonwealth
Project Team

Dr Tim Connor, Ms Jacquie Svenson, Ms Donna Reedy

Scheme New Colombo Plan
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20151 grants / $21,500

LAWS5036 - International Clinical Legal Externship - Indonesia$21,500

This project funded 10 Newcastle Law School 4th and 5th year Law students and an academic supervisor from NLS to undertake a 10 day international work-integrated placement in Malang and Surabaya, Indonesia, in partnership with the University of Brawijaya, Malang. The program introduced students to the key administrative and anti-corruption processes, policies and institutions in Indonesia through the lens of environmental decision making. 

Funding body: Commonwealth

Funding body Commonwealth
Project Team

Professor Sandeep Gopalan, Ms Jacquie Svenson, Ms Donna Reedy

Scheme AsiaBound
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20121 grants / $252,178

Legal costs & disbursements - Friends of King Edward Park Inc. v NCC, King Edward Headland Reserve Trust, Minister for Primary Industry & Annie Street Inc.$252,178

Funding body: Newcastle City Council & King Edward Headland Reserve Trust

Funding body Newcastle City Council & King Edward Headland Reserve Trust
Project Team

Ms Jacquie Svenson

Scheme Legal Costs
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N
Edit

News

Tony Brown & Criss Moore from the community group and Natasha Hammond & Mark Seymour, our pro bono barristers.

UNLC Wins Casula Case

December 15, 2016

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre is being recognised for its win in the Land & Environment Court.

The UNLC and the King Edward Park Decision

May 15, 2015

Learn how the UNLC helped stop development at the King Edward Park site

University of Newcastle Legal Centre

Bowling club legal stoush

February 6, 2014

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) has taken begun working with the Friends of King Edward Park Group to challenge Newcastle City Council's Approval of a function centre at the cliff-top site at King Edward Park.

Ms Jacqueline Svenson

Position

Legal Practitioner
University of Newcastle Legal Centre
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Law

Contact Details

Email jacquie.svenson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8803
Fax (02) 4921 8866

Office

Room UNH2.34
Building University House
Location University House
Cnr King and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
Edit