Cathy Sherry wins place on 2015 Legal Innovation Index | Law

Cathy Sherry wins place on 2015 Legal Innovation Index

Congratulations to Senior Lecturer, Cathy Sherry, on being selected as a winner in the 2015 Legal Innovation Index Individual category.

The 2015 Legal Innovation Index seeks to provide national recognition to the most innovative firms and legal teams in Australia and New Zealand, through initiatives that deliver uniqueness and value to their clients, and differentiate their organisation. This was the first year that  an 'Individual category' was introduced, recognising those who are drivers of change and innovation in their industry.

2015 Legal Innovation Index judge, Dr George Beaton of Beaton Capital, said this year’s entries are at a world-class level: “The legal services ecosystem in Australia is at last showing signs of emerging technology and business model-based innovation. This applies to both B2B and B2C providers as well the in-house demand side. This year’s entries are of the highest order, many rivalling what I am seeing in the UK and North America”.

Cathy Sherry was recognised for her use of innovative techology for teaching, developing an online Moodle site that represents a new way for UNSW students to study land law.

"The Land Law Moodle site has two main aims. The first is to provide students with exceptionally plain language, informal explanations of land law doctrines so that we don't lose them at the first hurdle. Plain language explanations help students to see the wood for the trees when they are tackling complex judgments which were not written to teach students. The second aim is to connect land law doctrines with the real world by providing students with media articles on land disputes, but more importantly, real legal documents. The Torrens register is computerised and entirely publicly accessible, (much to the chagrin of Sydney's more 'colourful' developers and politicians). In combination with Moodle, the Torrens register allows us to give 400 students the 40 page commercial lease regulating Coogee Pavilion; the restrictive covenant regulating Harrington Park; a real transfer form and mock certificate of title so that students can see why these documents 'arm' another to deal with property as their own (Breskvar v Wall) or why they constitute 'everything necessary to be done' to make a gift of land effective in equity (Corin v Patton). One of the reasons cases can be difficult for students to understand, is that they have been stripped of the documents the lawyers and judges were relying on in the case.  Moodle allows us to put those documents back into the picture so that students attain a much deeper and genuine understanding of the law."

To read more about the 2015 Legal Innovation Index and each of the winners click here.