Ms Frances Gibson

BA/LLB (ANU)

Dip Crim (Uni of Syd)

LLM (La Trobe University)

Frances has worked with the Aboriginal Legal Service and the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales. She spent seven years with Redfern Legal Centre where she was Principal Solicitor also undertaking extensive work in community legal education. As Director of Kingsford Legal Centre she introduced significant changes and expansion to the clinical programs run by the Centre. She was also Principal Solicitor at the Centre and responsible for supervision of the 4 staff lawyers and work of 50 volunteer lawyers working at the Centre. She is recognised as a specialist in legal aid issues and clinical legal education.

Frances' expertise was recognised by the invitation in 1999 to be the first Visiting Clinical Scholar at New York University for six months. In 2000 she received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of New South Wales. In 2001 she was a recipient of a Quality Teaching Award from the NSW Minister for Education and Training and the Australian College of Education as well as the national 2001 Australian Universities Teaching Committee Award for University Teaching, Law and Legal Studies. n 2013 she was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award from UNSW Faculty of Law

She was appointed as Coordinator of the new School of Law Program at La Trobe's Bendigo campus in 2004. During  her time in Victoria she designed, coordinated and taught an externship clinical legal education program entitled Rural and Regional Issues in Justice LAWS22RRJ for second year students and worked one day a week as a solicitor at the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre working on community legal education and direct legal service provision to people in remote areas affected by drought.

She was Director of Experiential Learning at the Faculty of Law UNSW was 2010 -2016.She is now completing her PhD on social innovation in community legal centres and lecturing at UNSW.

Books

Gibson F, 1997, When the Battle`s Lost and Won: Legal Aid in Civil Matters in New South Wales 1992-1994: Outline of a community legal centre campaign, Original, Kingsford Legal Centre, Sydney

Journal articles

Gibson F, 2011, 'Disability and the legal profession in the United States.', Journal of law and medicine, vol. 19, pp. 101 - 111

Gibson F, 2011, 'The Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities:The Response of the Clinic', International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, vol. 15, pp. 11 - 24

Gibson F; Rochford F, 2010, 'Dispute resolution in rural and regional Victoria', Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, vol. 22, pp. 111 - 123

Gibson F, 2010, 'Article 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - a right to legal aid?', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 15, pp. 123 - 142, http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/AJHR/2010/5.pdf

Gibson F, 2000, 'Under attack: Civil legal aid in the USA', Alternative Law Journal, pp. 173 - 176

Gibson F, 1998, 'Guide to Clinical legal Education Courses in Australian Universities', Guide to clinical legal education courses in Australian Universities

Book Chapters

Gibson F; Noonan MA, 2013, 'Going to Court Access to Legal Assistance in Australia', in Australian courts : serving democracy and its publics., Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated, Melbourne, pp. 171 - 198

Cody AF; Gibson F, 2012, 'Dispute Resolution and Experiential Learning', in The Future of Dispute Resolution, Lexis Nexis

Gibson F; Chay A, 2011, 'Clinical Legal Education and Practical Legal Training', in Kift S; Cowley J; Sanson M; Watson P (ed.), Excellence and Innovation in Legal Education, edn. Original, LexisNexis, Australia, pp. 497 - 527, http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/catalog/productdetail.jsp;jsessionid=355DB5A1F15E82AE55CCD5AA871F9C04.psc1705_lnstore_001?pageName=relatedProducts&catId=cat1010068&prodId=prod14390325#

Gibson F; Rice SA, 1999, 'Representing Yourself if Court', in Law Handbook, edn. Original, Redfern Legal Centre Publishing, Sydney, NSW, pp. 73 - 76

Gibson F; Rice SA, 1999, 'Legal Advice & Assistance in New South Wales', in Lawyers Practice Manual, edn. Original, Law Book Company, Sydney, pp. 1001/1 - 1001/18

Gibson F, 1997, 'Legal Aid in New South Wales', in Lawyers Practice Manual, edn. Original, Law Book Company, Sydney, pp. 1001/1 - 1001/18

Other

Conference Papers

Gibson F, 2000, 'Special needs - specialist clinics', in Sharing the Experience - 6th Australasian Clinical Legal Education Conference, Sharing the Experience - 6th Australasian Clinical Legal Education Conference, Beechworth, Victoria, presented at Sharing the Experience - 6th Australasian Clinical Legal Education Conference, Beechworth, Victoria, 01 December 2000

Gibson F, 1998, 'Legal Aid in NSW: the role of community legal centres', in Shifting Ground: 1998 National Conference of Community Legal centres, Shifting Ground: 1998 National Conference of Community Legal centres, presented at Shifting Ground: 1998 National Conference of Community Legal centres, 01 January 1998

Gibson F, 1998, 'Issues in Legal Aid', in National Conference of Community Legal Centres, National Conference of Community Legal Centres, presented at National Conference of Community Legal Centres, 01 January 1998

Access to legal services and the law and government policy relating to legal aid Legal education, particularly clinical legal education