Our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, runs our schools program, which covers Law Talks Intensive, Metropolitan Law Talks, Classroom Law Talks, the Teacher resources hub and more. We caught up with Fabiola to find out more about her role.
Can you tell us more about the foundation’s schools program?
The foundation’s schools program offers a range of opportunities for VCE Legal Studies teachers and students. We run Law Talks Intensive in regional Victoria twice a year. We also offer the opportunity for rural students to attend court for a Law Talk with a judge on circuit, or for a judge or barrister to come and talk at their school.
We commenced our Metropolitan Law Talks program during Law Week 2014, and ran it again this year with a focus on disadvantaged schools. It's been a great success, with both years booking out, and I am keen to expand this program to run at least one more Metropolitan Law Talks event each year.
The foundation’s school program is unique because it focuses on providing opportunities for rural and disadvantaged metropolitan students to gain access to the great resources that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience as part of Legal Studies.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
My role is focused on engaging students, encouraging them to take a lifelong interest in the law and helping them understand the relevance of the law and legal system to their daily lives.
The positive feedback from students and teachers is so rewarding. It is wonderful to be part of a program that really makes a positive difference to students. The Law Talks Intensives, in particular, give me a chance to stay in regional cities and meet lots of great people.
Also, the enthusiasm of our presenters – who include senior members of the legal and court system – as well as judges, who give freely of their time and who are so supportive of the foundation’s Education Program, make my job really satisfying and enjoyable.
I also enjoy being part of the team who put together Law Week each year and engaging with the community through Courts Open Day and other great Law Week events.
How can teachers get involved?
First and foremost we have the Teachers resources hub, which was launched late last year and which is unique because it contains all the best, current VCE and VELS Legal Studies resources in one place. I am always adding new resources to the hub so it remains current and dynamic.
I am often meet with other organisations who run education programs to see what we can do together to improve and expand the resources and opportunities we offer to Victorian Legal Studies students.
We also have our Schools program hub, which lists the many visits and tours offered by different organisations across the Victorian legal system.
Teachers should also sign up for the foundation’s eNewsletter so they can be kept up-to-date with news and events.
For more information on our Education Program, and to find out how you can get involved, call our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, on (03) 9604 8100 or email.