Appointed Dean of Law in 2017, Professor Tania Leiman pioneered the introduction in 2020 of Flinders Law's highly innovative new undergraduate law curriculum. She is committed to growing legal professionals who can identify opportunities for innovation, understand impacts of emerging technologies and use this knowledge and skill to increase access to justice. Justice requires a focus not just on law and regulation, but on awareness of rights and obligations, viability of economic opportunities for communities, participation and partnerships for shared governance and the sustainability of our environment.
Tania has received multiple individual and team national, university and faculty teaching excellence awards. She is a Teaching Specialist (Clinical Practitioner) with a focus on Clinical Legal Education. She supervises honours students researching the legal implications of emerging technologies.
Tania holds a current unrestricted practising certificate, is a member of the award-winning Flinders Legal Centre's Executive Management and was a supervising solicitor there from 2012-2016.
Tania's current interests include future mobility solutions (including automated vehicles and hyperloop technologies), disruption in the legal profession, artificial intelligence and legal tech, and the future of legal education. She sits as SA representative on the National Advisory Board of the Australian Society for Computers and Law. She serves on the National Transport Commission's Automated Vehicles Industry Insights Group. She is a member of the Legal sub-group of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative [ADVI]’s Policy & Risk Group.
Following an earlier career in private legal practice, Tania continues to undertake legal consultancy work, particularly in relation to legal implications of grey fleet & light fleet, and regulatory issues re future mobility technologies.
Publications available at orcid.org/0000-0002-3525-994X
LLB (Adel), GDLP (SAIT), GCE(HE) (Flinders), Prof Cert (Innovation for Transformation)
Tania is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia and holds a current unrestricted practising certificate.
2020: College of Business, Government & Law Teaching & Learning Innovation Grant 'Digital Age Lab' (with Mark Ferraretto)
2018: Finalist, Academic of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law Awards (Australia wide)
2016: Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - $10,000 Prize [Team award - Flinders Legal Advice Clinic -'For creating inspirational and transformative clinical legal education that motivates students to develop an ethical professional identity, while acquiring high quality practical skills'
2016-2018: Team member, Flinders Legal Advice Clinic, Law Foundation Grant $100,000
2013-2015: Team member, Flinders Legal Advice Clinic, Law Foundation Grant $100,000
2014: Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University - $5,000 Prize [Team award - Flinders Legal Advice Clinic]
2014: Flinders University, 'Embedding Transition Pedagogy and Principles across First Year Curriculum Grants’ - $4,000 grant [Team grant - Flinders Legal Advice Clinic]
2014: Education, Humanities and Law Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University [Team award - Flinders Legal Advice Clinic] - $3,000 prize
2013: Finalist, LexisNexis Lecturer of the Year Award (Australia wide)
2011-12: Faculty Scholar, Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law - $10,000 Grant
2011: Flinders Law Students' Association 'Hope' Award - inaugural winner
2011: Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - $10,000 Prize [Individual award - 'For sustained excellence in teaching that supports, empowers and inspires first year law students to engage with law']
2010: Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University - $5,000 Prize
2010: Education Humanities Law and Theology Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University [Individual award] - $3,000 Prize
2009: School of Social Work and Social Policy Faculty Sessional Staff Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of South Australia
Vice Chair (Legal Education) and member of Executive, Council of Australian Law Deans
Council Member, Law Society of South Australia Council (ex officio as Dean of Law)
Member, The Law Foundation of South Australia Inc. (ex officio as Dean of Law)
Member, Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (ex officio as Dean of Law)
Member, Management Team, Flinders LegalCentre
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