Ms Sher Campbell

Ms Sher Campbell


Newcastle Law School (Law)

Career Summary


Sher  joined the Law School in 2007 as a research assistant for Dr John Anderson. Sher has been awarded Faculty prizes in teaching and external relations. Sher is  First Year Transition and Regional Rural and Remote Coordinator. Sher is Course Coordinator for Legal System and Method in the undergraduate programme at Newcastle Law School.

Teaching and First Year Transition Pedagogy

Professional Links

Sher is on the Executive Board of Women Lawyers Association of NSW and is a member of the NSW Law Society's Diversity and Equity Committee and assists in informing law reform and policy development. As a legal educator, this role allows her to lead by example and connect with lawyers in practice. Sher encourages men and women in their first year (and beyond) at Law School to attend events, engage with the community and build a network, which is invaluable to developing a legal career. Strong professional and community involvement right from the beginning of the degree contributes, in part, to excellent dividends for Newcastle Law Students.

Rural and remote outreach with practitioners is part of Sher’s commitment to external engagement. This engagement has resulted in several students gaining employment in remote towns through Sher’s well-developed relationships with lawyers operating all over NSW. Contacts trust that Sher will nominate capable graduates who will thrive in a remote location. They know that she better understands the difficulties of working with clients from these areas and to explore the impact of declining populations, declining services and concentrated social and economic disadvantage.

Sher is involved in the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation and is active in the Wellness Foundation for Law that supports law students and young lawyers in creating positive and optimistic outlooks for students entering the demanding arena of legal work.

Teaching and Internationalisation of Legal Curriculum

Sher also works in the area of the internationalisation of the Australian Law Curriculum and the global processes impacting on Australian domestic law. To this end, Sher has been awarded grants with New Colombo Plan Mobility Programme. In July 2015, Sher led a group of law students to Chang Mai in Northern Thailand to work with issues of statelessness and child trafficking. This experience not only contextualised the theoretical aspects of international law but provided an educational experience for students that built on relationships with the judiciary and local community legal centres.

Since then, Sher has accompanied colleagues to Vietnam and Cambodia to help build strong ties and collaborative networks especially in the area of clinical practice in legal education in South East Asia. In 2017 Sher accompanied students to Myanmar to conduct a Legal Studies Externship with BABSEACLE to strengthen Clinical Legal Education in Myanmar. Sher also accompanied students to Kenya and is building on a strong relationship between women lawyers in Kenya and Australia.

Research Grants

In 2016 Sher was part of a team that successfully secured a 2017 Commonwealth Government grant as part of the Higher Education Participation and Partnership Programme (HEPPP National Priorities) to support and mentor women from regional Australia so that they may realise educational and career aspirations in law and business.

Sher is also a co-investigator in the report on ‘Becoming Wiser Women: Educational aspirations and participation of women of reproductive age in regional, rural and remote communities. The project is designed to develop new and innovative research that addresses an under-researched, under-theorised area of equity and educational access for Indigenous people of Australia.

Sher received incubation funding of over $100,000 from the NSW Government to develop a mobile phone application to help reduce the appalling statistics around family violence. The app is an early intervention tool designed to strengthen positive decision-making  around behaviours and emotions. Importantly, it reminds defendants how to comply with court orders, aimed at providing safety to partners and family members.


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle


  • ADR
  • Disruptive Innovation and the Legal World
  • International Legal Education
  • Legal Education
  • Rural Law
  • Wellness and Law

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180119 Law and Society 20
180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/2/2016 -  Executive NSW Women Lawyers Association NSW Women Lawyers Association



Year Award
2018 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for Law Teaching in 2010
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia


Year Award
2017 Community Layer or Academic of the Year
NSW Women Lawyers Association
2017 Change Champion of the Year
NSW Women Lawyers Association


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

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ross NM, Ries NM, Meredith J, Campbell S, 'Local to global: Incorporating overseas work and study in the law school curriculum', The Globalisation of Higher Education: Developing Internationalised Education Research and Practice, Palgrave, Switzerland 291-305 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-74579-4_18
Co-authors Nicola Ross, Nola Ries
2014 Ross N, Apps AE, Campbell S, 'Shaping the future lawyer: connecting students with clients in first-year law', Legal Education: Simulation in Theory and Practice, Ashgate, London 67-86 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Nicola Ross, Ann Apps

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lindsay KA, Kirby D, Dluzewska T, Campbell S, 'Oh, the places you'll go!: Newcastle Law School's partnership interventions for well-being in first year Law', Journal of Learning Design, 8 11-21 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.5204/jld.v8i2.239

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Ross NM, Campbell SA, Apps AE, 'Up close and personal - Creating a simulated client experience for first year law students', 14th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2011, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E2]
Co-authors Ann Apps, Nicola Ross
2010 Campbell SA, Lindsay KA, 'Recruiting rural and remote law students: Creating aspiration and providing support in transition at Newcastle Law School', 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010, Adelaide, SA (2010) [E2]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $219,171

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20171 grants / $163,511

Mentoring women from regional Australia to realise their educational and career aspirations in business and law$163,511

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team Professor Johanna Macneil, Ms Kate Ramzan, Doctor Tamara Young, Professor Lisa Toohey, Doctor Paul Stolk, Ms Sher Campbell
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1601087
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110

20151 grants / $55,660

Wiser Women: Educational Aspirations and Participation of Indigenous Women of Reproductive Age in Regional, Rural and Remote Communities$55,660

Funding body: Leslie Family Foundation

Funding body Leslie Family Foundation
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Associate Professor Kym Rae, Professor Peter Radoll, Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta, Associate Professor Seamus Fagan, Ms Sher Campbell
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501246
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112


AVO app ‘Bernie’ to help address domestic violence reoffending

November 28, 2017

Researchers have created a mobile phone application named Bernie to support defendants of ADVOs, acting as an early-intervention tool to support better outcomes

Ms Sher Campbell


Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area


Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 5870
Fax (02) 4921 6931
Link Twitter


Room X-530
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus