Dr Jessica Kennedy named the ACT Young Lawyer of the Year

Jessica Kennedy via facebook

DR Jessica Kennedy has won the 2014 ACT Young Lawyer of the Year Award at the Law Society’s Annual Dinner last Friday. The Award recognises the professional achievements and community involvement of outstanding young lawyers in the Canberra region.

Jessica is currently employed by Farrar Gesini Dunn as a family law solicitor, and previously worked as a lecturer and tutor at Canberra University in the areas of Family Law, Gender and the Australian Legal System, and Women and the Law.

She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy last year, with a thesis examining the changes made by the ACT Sexual and Violent Offences Legislation Amendment Act 2008. She volunteers at the Women’s Legal Centre, providing advice and representation to women twice a week.

She is on the Nexgen Committee at Marymead, a community organisation providing support to children, young people and families. She is also on the Management Committee of Inanna Crisis Service, which provides crisis accommodation and support services to people in the community who are experiencing mental health issues, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and/or those who have experienced trauma.

She is an active member of the Canberra Collaborative Practice Group, and has been instrumental in developing collaboration as a preferred method of dispute resolution in family law matters.

The ACT Law Society has commended Dr Kennedy for her passionate advocacy for women’s rights, particularly in cases involving domestic violence, for her commitment to developing collaborative dispute resolution in family law, and her dedication to the legal profession.

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