Ms Briony Johnston

Ms Briony Johnston

Casual Academic

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary

Biography

Background

Born and raised in Newcastle, I commenced my studies at the University of Newcastle in 2010 when I enrolled in the Combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communication. I was awarded my Bachelor of Communication with Distinction in 2012, and was placed on the Faculty of Science and Information Technology Commendation List in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2014, I completed my Bachelor of Laws / Diploma of Legal Practice and received Honours Class II Division 2. I was admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2015 and commenced my PhD with Newcastle Law School in March 2017.

I worked in private practice while completing my degree, and was able to gain an insight into all aspects of life in the law firm. I worked on a variety of cases and gained tremendous experience in several fields. My time as a PASS Leader with the Faculty of Business and Law and my role as an ITAS Tutor with the Wollotuka Institute inspired me to pursue a career in legal education. I am passionate about guiding our new law students through their studies as part of this fascinating but challenging degree.

Research Experience

Since August 2014, I have worked with various members of Law School staff in my capacity as a Research Assistant. During this time I have updated two textbooks, helped to develop and enact a legal education pilot project, compiled content for an app designed to assist international students learn about the laws of New South Wales, prepared national life imprisonment statistics to contribute to an international research project, explored the potential of restorative justice cities, conducted research for several publications, and reviewed the manner in which governments engage external parties to undertake research. From April 2016 to April 2017, I was the sole Research Assistant to the Newcastle Law School Priority Research Initiative, and assisted in the organisation of the Symposium on Evidence-Based Law and Practice, held in Newcastle on 22 May 2017.

Teaching Experience

As a Casual Academic with the Newcastle Law School, I have taught into: LAWS1001A Legal System & Method - Part A; LAWS1003A Torts - Part A; LAWS1003B Torts - Part B; LAWS2004A Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A; LAWS2004B Criminal Law & Procedure - Part B; LEGL2002 - Law of Business Organisations; and LAWS4004 Evidence. I have also acted as a Teaching Assistant in LAWS5010 Environmental Law and LAWS5032 Alternative Dispute Resolution.    


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Communication, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Communications
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Law
  • Legal Education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180110 Criminal Law and Procedure 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
27/07/2015 - 31/12/2017 Casual Academic

From July 2015 to December 2017, I taught into several subjects offered by Newcastle Law School: Torts; Legal System and Method; Criminal Law; Law of Business Organisations; and Evidence. I have also acted as a Teaching Assistant for Environmental Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Australia
30/03/2015 - 6/11/2015 Casual ITAS Tutor Wollotuka Institute
Australia
4/03/2013 - 6/11/2015 PASS Leader Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 Faculty of Business and Law International Engagement Award 2016
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
2016 Vice-Chancellor's Award for International Engagement 2016
The University of Newcastle

Nomination

Year Award
2016 Vice-Chancellor's Sessional Staff Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle

Prize

Year Award
2015 LexisNexis Prize in Legal Practice 2 - Part B
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

Teaching Award

Year Award
2016 Faculty Of Business and Law Teaching and Learning Award for Sessional Staff 2016
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
LAWS1001A Legal System and Method
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor 22/02/2016 - 2/03/2016
LAWS4004 Evidence
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor 25/07/2016 - 4/11/2016
LAWS2004A Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor 27/02/2017 - 2/06/2017
LAWS5010 Environmental Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Teaching Assistant 5/01/2017 - 27/01/2017
LEGL2002 Law of Business Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Tutor 25/04/2016 - 3/06/2016
LAWS1003B Torts - Part B
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor 25/07/2016 - 4/11/2016
LAWS5032 Alternative Dispute Resolution
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Teaching Assistant 27/02/2017 - 2/06/2017
LAWS1003A Torts - Part A
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
LAWS2004B Criminal Law & Procedure - Part B
The University of Newcastle
Tutor & Acting Course Co-Ordinator 24/07/2017 - 3/11/2017
LAWS1003B Torts - Part B
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor 27/07/2015 - 6/11/2015
LAWS2004A Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Ries NM, Johnston B, McCarthy S, 'Legal education and the ageing population: Building student knowledge and skills through experiential learning in collaboration with community organisations', Adelaide Law Review, 37 495-522 (2016) [C1]
Co-authors Nola Ries, Shaun Mccarthy
2016 Ries NM, Johnston B, McCarthy S, 'Technology-Enabled Legal Service Delivery for Older Adults: What Can Law Learn from TeleHealth? Findings from an International Review of Literature', Elder Law Review, 10 1-14 (2016) [C1]
Co-authors Shaun Mccarthy, Nola Ries
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Ms Briony Johnston

Positions

Casual Academic
Newcastle Law School
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Research Assistant
Newcastle Law School
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Research Assistant
Newcastle Law School
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email briony.johnston@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Room X-530
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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