Jenny joined Flinders Law as a Lecturer in 2006 after starting as a sessional academic in 2000. She also worked at Adelaide Law School 1996-2005. 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 human service law. She researches predominantly in issues relating to domestic and family violence and religion, human service law, and disability. She undertook a PhD on faith responses and criminal justice system responses to domestic and family violence against Christian women in 2019-2023. Her thesis is 'Embodied Justice: An Integrated Faith-Law Response for Christian Women Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence in Australia' (January 2024).
Jenny is part time at Flinders Law, having worked for 11 years in criminal law as a Senior Associate at an Adelaide firm. She finished that role in March 2023.
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), LLB, GCLP, PhD
Jenny is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.
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.