Mr Shaun McCarthy

Mr Shaun McCarthy

Director

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary

Biography

Shaun is the Director of University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC).  He 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.  Shaun has acted in multiple high profile public interest cases at the UNLC including the police shooting of Roni Levi, inquiry into the detention of Cornelia Rau and the Kathleen Folbigg case.  He conducts high profile public interest casework in anti-discrimination law and intensive research into asylum protection cases.  He has been involved in the UNLC flagship clinic 'Law on the Beach' at Newcastle Beach since its inception in 2004.  Shaun has developed an app titled Know the Law specifically designed for international students about the law in Australia.  He is an investigator in a National Health and Medical Research Foundation grant titled Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records - Charting the Course for Successful Healthcare Transitions in Young Adults with Communication Disabilities.  Shaun is involved in the delivery of Planning Ahead seminars to community groups and undertaking research regarding how people respond to such information in dealing with their legal affairs and client capacity.  He is also undertaking research regarding how lawyers deal with elder financial abuse and whether screening tools could assist in combating such exploitation.  Shaun has recently co-hosted a Symposium with the Hunter New England Local Health District on Capacity Assessment.         

Program Convenor of Newcastle Law School's Practice Program (Practical Legal Training Program)

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia

Unrestricted Practising Certificate from the Law Society of NSW

AWARDS: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awarded by the Australian Awards for University Teaching; NSW Premier's Public Sector Award Commendation for Services to Regional and Rural NSW; Newcastle Law School award for Teaching Excellence in Public Interest Advocacy and Social Justice Clinic; University of Newcastle Excellence in Teaching Award Outstanding Clinical Teacher in Law; University of Newcastle Work Integrated Learning Staff Member Award in the Faculty of Business and Law in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, performance and contribution to the University of Newcastle and wider community; University of Newcastle Faculty of Business and Law Excellence in External Engagement Staff Award; University of Newcastle Faculty of Business and Law International Engagement Award; University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning; University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor's Award for International Engagement

Research Expertise
Public Interest Advocacy, Miscarriage of Justice cases, Clinical Legal Education, Client Capacity, Disability Law, Tribunals, Professional Conduct.
Submission to Productivity Commission Access to Justice Arrangements Report 2014; Submission to Commonwealth Senate regarding asylum seekers in Nauru Regional Processing Centre and Manus Regional Processing Centre; Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Elder Abuse; Submission to the Commonwealth Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee regarding The circumstances in which Australians' personal Medicare information has been compromised and made available illegally on the 'dark web'. Submission to the NSW Department of Justice Community Legal Centre Review.

ORCID 0000-0002-7515-6419

Teaching Expertise
LAWS 4007/LAWS 6011 Professional Conduct - Course Co-Ordinator

LAWS 5037/LAWS 6029 Public Interest Advocacy - Course Co-Ordinator

LAWS 4054A/LAWS 4054B/LAWS 6014A/LAWS 6014B Legal Practice 1 - Course Co-Ordinator

LAWS 4055A/LAWS 4055B/LAWS 6015A/LAWS 6015B - Legal Practice 2 - Course Co-Ordinator

Practical Legal Training Clinical Legal Education modules

Administrative Expertise
Program Convenor, Practice Program, Newcastle Law School

Member, Program Management Group, Newcastle Law School

Member, Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC)

Member, Law Society NSW and Newcastle Law Society

Member, Priority Research Initiative in Evidence Based Law and Practice, Newcastle Law School

Member, Disability Research Network, University of Newcastle

Member, Australasian Law Teachers Association

Member, Australian Collaborative Education Network

Member, Global Alliance for Justice Education


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Keywords

  • Disability Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Public Interest Advocacy
  • Professional Conduct

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 100
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Publications

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


Journal article (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Walsh L, Hill S, Allan M, Balandin S, Georgiou A, Higgins I, et al., 'A content analysis of the consumer-facing online information about My Health Record: Implications for increasing knowledge and awareness to facilitate uptake and use.', Health information management : journal of the Health Information Management Association of Australia, 1833358317712200 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/1833358317712200
Co-authors Bronwyn Hemsley, Isabel Higgins
2017 Walsh L, Hemsley BA, Allan M, Adams N, Balandin S, Georgiou A, et al., 'The ehealth literacy demands of Australia¿s My Health Record: a heuristic evaluation of usability', Perspectives in health information management / AHIMA, American Health Information Management Association, Fall 1-23 (2017) [C1]
Co-authors Isabel Higgins, Bronwyn Hemsley
2017 McCarthy SG, Meredith J, Bryant L, Hemsley B, 'Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Advance Care Directives in Australia: Implications for the Advance Care Planning Document in the Australian My Health Record', Journal of Law and Medicine, 25 136-149 (2017) [C1]
Co-authors Bronwyn Hemsley
2016 McCarthy S, Maguire AM, Elton A, 'Executive Detention: Still no effective review for detainees', Alternative Law Journal, 41 249-253 (2016) [C1]
Co-authors Amy Maguire
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, Briony Johnston
2016 Hemsley BA, McCarthy S, Adams N, Georgiou A, Hill S, Balandin S, 'Legal, ethical, and rights issues in the adoption and use of the My Health Record by people with communication disability in Australia', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, (2016)
Co-authors Bronwyn Hemsley
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 Briony Johnston, Nola Ries
2015 Hemsley B, Georgiou A, Balandin S, Carter R, Hill S, Higgins I, et al., 'The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) for Adults with Severe Communication Impairments: Findings of Pilot Research.', Studies in health technology and informatics, 214 100-106 (2015) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Isabel Higgins, Paulette Vanvliet, Bronwyn Hemsley
2014 McCarthy SG, 'The Rise and Rise of Tribunals ¿ Engaging Law Students in Tribunal Advocacy', International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 21 42-68 (2014) [C1]
2006 McCarthy S, 'Jill Anderson (ed), The Australian Pro Bono Manual: A Practical Guide and Resource Kit for Law Firms, Melbourne: Victoria Law Foundation and National Pro Bono Resource Centre, (2nd Edition, 2005) - Book Review 176-178 (2006)
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Blakemore TJ, Howard A, McCarthy S, Ross N, 'Interprofessional Work Integrated Learning : Exploring Opportunities for Social Innovation in Australian Tertiary Education', Kyoto , Japan (2015)
Co-authors Amanda Howard, Nicola Ross, Tamara Blakemore
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 13
Total funding $438,406

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


20182 grants / $176,134

Best practice and trends in family counseling and mediation services in NSW: A colloborative case study of Uniting$154,634

Funding body: Uniting (NSW, ACT)

Funding body Uniting (NSW, ACT)
Project Team Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Chris Krogh, Associate Professor Amanda Howard, Doctor Milena Heinsch, Mr Shaun McCarthy, Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1800349
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON Y

Endeavour Mobility Program$21,500

Clinical Legal Education in China

Funding body: Commonwealth Government

Funding body Commonwealth Government
Project Team

Bin Li

Scheme Asia Bound Student Mobility Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20175 grants / $125,272

Pop-Up Clinics and Know the Law app$35,000

SSAF

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme Community Development
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

New Colombo Plan Mobility Project - Clinical Legal Education in China$33,000

Clinical Legal Education in China

Funding body: Commonwealth Government

Funding body Commonwealth Government
Project Team

Bin Li

Scheme Asia Bound Student Mobility Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Action on Elder Abuse: A pilot project to improve screening and intervention through health-legal collaboration$27,272

Funding body: NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Ms NOLA Ries, Associate Professor John Anderson, Doctor Elise Mansfield, Mr Shaun McCarthy
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1700701
Type Of Funding C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
UON Y

Juvenile Justice and Education Equity in the Hunter Region$20,000

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Project Team

Tamara Blakemore

Scheme Seed Grant Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awarded by the Australian Awards for University Teaching$10,000

Funding body: Commonwealth Government

Funding body Commonwealth Government
Scheme Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20162 grants / $33,000

Pop-up clinics and Know the Law digital resource$30,000

Know the Law digital resource updating and pop-up legal advice clinics to Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Scheme SSAF
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Teaching & Learning Seed Grant: Developing a Technology-Enabled Legal Outreach Service$3,000

This seed grant supports developmental work for a technology-enabled legal outreach service to connect the University of Newcastle Legal Centre with rural, regional and remote communities in New South Wales. 

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Shaun McCarthy and Nola Ries

Scheme Priority Research Initiatives
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20151 grants / $55,000

Know the Law app and pop-up legal advice clinics$55,000

Provision of 'Know the Law' app to provide legal rights and regulation information to international students

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme SSAF
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20142 grants / $39,000

Pop Up Clinics for legal advice to students at Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses$35,000

Provide legal services to students at Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses through pop-up clinics

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Scheme SSAF
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Community Engagement and Research Impact Case Study$4,000

Law on the Beach case study

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding body Newcastle Innovation
Scheme Faculty of Business and Law Community Engagement and Research Impact Case Study
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20111 grants / $10,000

Tenancy Resource Project$10,000

Create a tenancy resource kit for social housing tenants

Funding body: Samaritans

Funding body Samaritans
Scheme Samaritans
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Projects

Refugees and Human Rights 2015 -

Research within this project focuses on human rights law issues raised by Australian and global responses to refugees and people seeking asylum. This includes a study on the potential for the collective human right of self-determination to be extrapolated into the refugee context. 

This is a key area of focus for Dr Maguire's column on The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/profiles/amy-maguire-129609/articles


Publications

Maguire AM, Bereicua L, Fleming A, Freeman O, 'Australia, Asylum Seekers and Crimes Against Humanity?', Alternative Law Journal, 40 185-189 (2015) [C1]

Maguire AM, 'Hard line on refugees undermines principled opposition to execution', Politics, Policy, and the chance of change: The Conversation 2015 Yearbook, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 272-275 (2015)

McCarthy S, Maguire AM, Elton A, 'Executive Detention: Still no effective review for detainees', Alternative Law Journal, 41 249-253 (2016) [C1]

Maguire AM, 'Why does international condemnation on human rights mean so little to Australia?', The Conversation Yearbook 2016: 50 standout articles from Australia's Top Thinkers, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 70-74 (2016)

Students

Program Research Title
PhD
Faculty of Business and Law
Asylum Seekers, Mandatory Detention and Questions of Justice

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Mr Shaun Gerard McCarthy University of Newcastle
Associate Professor John Lance Anderson University of Newcastle
Professor Jim William Jose University of Newcastle

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News

Law on the Beach

December 11, 2017

Shaun McCarthy

Academic honoured for making the law accessible to all

September 15, 2017

UON academic Shaun McCarthy recognised for his quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning.

Complementary legal service hits the beach for those feeling the heat

January 20, 2017

Law on the Beach, a free legal service for the community, will be held at Newcastle Beach over January and February

Legal program at Newcastle Beach riding a wave of success

January 29, 2015

A free legal clinic, metres from the crashing waves at Newcastle Beach, is pushing law students into new learning experiences.

Kathleen Folbigg case review bid challenges SIDS evidence

October 9, 2014

Shaun McCarthy discusses an evidence challenge of the Kathleen Folbigg case
Law on the Beach

Hit the surf and source legal advice

January 20, 2014

Young people are encouraged to tap into expertise of the University’s Legal Centre when it hits the sand for its annual Law on the Beach.

Mr Shaun McCarthy

Position

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

Contact Details

Email shaun.mccarthy@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8666
Fax (02) 4921 8866

Office

Room X-528
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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