The University of Newcastle, Australia


The established and ongoing success of Newcastle Law School is in no small way down to the contributions and active involvement of our alumni.

Our reputation as the finest clinical law school in Australia has been established as a result of our students receiving hands-on experience in the legal profession, which we are able to offer as a result of our alumni offering placement opportunities.

Both our students and the broader community also benefit from our alumni volunteering for the various law clinics offered by the University of Newcastle Legal Centre.

We are also proud of the broad and varied research projects our alumni contribute to, helping to advance both our School and the legal profession as a whole.

If you would like to volunteer for the Clinic or offer placement to a student please contact us.

Meet our 2019 Alumni award winners

Renée Bianchi

Barrister, 13th Floor St James Hall Chambers
B Law 2007 / Dip Legal Practice 2007; B Biomedical Science Hons 2004

Achiever in the Exceptional Community Service Award

Renée Bianchi

Renée Bianchi’s exemplary record of voluntary community service within and outside the legal profession has enhanced the reputation of the University through volunteering, mentorship and leadership for both the legal profession and for the greater community.

As the President of NSW Young Lawyers she worked to increase the profile of NSW Young Lawyers and its many projects within the national and international legal profession.

She has also been an influential member of the International Girl Guide Movement and is currently a Director and Board Secretary of the B Miles Women's Foundation.

Jessie Porteus

Founding Director, The Learned Crew
B Law 2011 / Dip Legal Practice 2011; B Economics 2009

Achiever in the Young Alumni Award

Jessie Porteus

Jessie Porteus is an active young leader of the legal profession, and is dedicated to the development of our next generation of lawyers through mentoring and thought leadership. Building off the success of her long-running blog Lawyered!, Jessie launched her start-up The Learned Crew (TLC) which is an innovative legal training business that prepares the next generation of lawyers for the real world of law.

Through her business she has launched Australia’s first in-house legal clerkship for law students in partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia.

Her experience includes Federal Court Judge’s Associate, advising on commercial and IP matters at top tier law firm King & Wood Mallesons, representing asylum seekers in a challenging legal environment at community legal centre RACS, and broadening her legal and business skills base at in her current role as in-house Legal Counsel at ASX top 100 listed company Coca-Cola Amatil.