Jenny joined Flinders Law as a Lecturer in 2006 after working at Adelaide Law School for ten years. She has taught a wide range of topics over the years but her heart remains with criminal law and legal theory, and in particular with law reform and the integration of criminal law and human service law. She researches predominantly in issues relating to domestic and family violence and religion. She is currently undertaking a PhD on integrating faith responses and criminal justice system responses to domestic and family violence against Christian women in Australia.
Jenny is part time at Flinders Law as she is also a Senior Associate practising in criminal law with an Adelaide firm one day per week.
Jenny has previously lectured at UniSA teaching law to social work and social science students and worked at their Research and Education Unit on Gendered Violence on police responses to domestic and family violence. She is the College Disability Academic Advisor for the College of Business Government and Law. She served on the Management Committee of the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at Flinders University from 2015-2019, and was a Flinders Law Indigenous Students Mentor from 2008-2020.
BA(Jur) (Adel) LLB (Adel) GCLP (UniSA).
Jenny is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia. She holds a current unrestricted practising certificate.
2018 Law Foundation of South Australia Research Grant
Hossein Esmaeili, Jenny Richards, Lana Zannettino and Marinella Marmo, “Family Violence Among Afghan Refugee and Asylum Seeker Women in South Australia: Improving Engagement with the Criminal Justice System” ($25,601).
2011 Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law
For "Excellence in utilising an integrated pastoral approach to teaching law which facilitiates student achievement and enhances personal development."
Criminal law, legal theory, family law, human service law, domestic and family violence, criminal practice and advocacy, child protection, evidence, statutory interpretation, case analysis skills.
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