Rachel Kessel - Legal Tech & Design Fellow
Rachel graduated from Arts/Law at Monash University and commenced work as an Articled Clerk for the Director of Public Prosecutions Victoria. After working as a Solicitor / Advocate in indictable crime for several years, Rachel moved into Commercial Litigation at Arnold Bloch Leibler.
In 2013 Rachel commenced working in the Monash University Law Faculty as a researcher to the former Dean, Professor Arie Freiberg. Rachel has collaborated on a book relating to Tools of Regulation, a Criminology Research Council report on Dangerous Offenders and an Australian Research Council project on Human Rights in Closed Environments.
Rachel currently works as a lecturer and Chief Examiner in Criminal Law and Australian Legal Reasoning & Methods.
Rachel is interested in change agency and creative, participatory, action research approaches to respond to emerging trends. At the inaugural Global Legal Hackathon, Rachel participated as a hacker and co-founded an EdTech startup, Pracademix TM, that facilitates legal internships. Rachel completed a Masters in Education (Expert Teaching Practice) with a focus on Human-centred legal design and harnessing digital technologies for learning. Rachel developed and implemented an interdisciplinary pilot bringing together postgraduate Law and Information Technology students to solve a problem for Victoria Legal Aid. Due to this initiative, Rachel won ‘Academic of the Year’ at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in 2018.
In 2019 Rachel has engaged various industry practitioners from Legal Aid and the Commercial, NewLaw and startup spaces, to co-teach in the Masters of Law unit - LAW5650: Legal Tech Studio. An activist educator, Rachel is committed to continued collaboration with transdisciplinary networks where theory and practice can be merged to facilitate the future of lawyering and enhance social justice.
Rachel tweets about student well-being, criminal law, legal tech design and innovation @Rachel_Kessel