Tuesday May 16, 2023

Dr Amanda Brown talks how to get better at academic writing, family law, and justice

It's that time of semester, assessments are becoming overwhelming and you may not be getting the grades you want - which could mean anything from not passing to just not quite getting to that HD (7). We've got you covered! Amanda Brown not only has a law degree and a deep enthusiasm for justice, she also knows how to put words together to get you that HD... or P. Mandy is pone of those people who are so easy to speak with and will leave you feeling like you've found some joy in your day even when the skies are drizzly.

This podcast was developed with support from the Queensland University of Technology.


Jodi Death (it rhymes with “teeth”): @jodi_death

Kelsey Adams: @Kelsey_L_Adams

QUT Centre for Justice: @CrimeJusticeQUT

Mentions and Show Notes

If students want to book in with SSG Language & Learning, STEM & Careers Educators for assistance



If students need help with mental or physical well being



Passive vs active voice in writing

QUT Library Support homepage and how the library helps students

QUT Support for Students which covers:

  • Financial support
  • Scholarships
  • Support for international students
  • Language, learning and study support
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success
  • Disability and accessibility services
  • Counselling
  • Development opportunities
  • LGBTIQA+ support
  • Health services

QUT Career Advisers

QUT Student Success Group

That time Gough Whitlam made university free and the broader history of tertiary fees in Australia

IRAC writing structure in law (also helpful for everyone):

  • Issue
  • Rule
  • Application
  • Conclusion

ISAACS model for legal problem-solving:

  • Identify a legal Issue arising from the facts
  • State the relevant law and the
  • Authority for it
  • Apply the law to the facts
  • Come to a Conclusion on that Issue
  • Synthesis and Summing up

Chris Pyne “I fixed it”

Jodi’s work on the family law court:

  • Death, J., Ferguson, C. & Burgess, K. (2019). Parental alienation, coaching and the best interests of the child: Allegations of child sexual abuse in the Family Court of Australia. Child Abuse and Neglect, 94, 1–10.

Amanda’s PhD thesis: Protection from child emotional abuse in family law parenting matters over two regimes of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth): Policy, legislation and judicial reasoning (2017)

Child emotional abuse

Family court and family law

Parental alienation - overview and in family law context

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