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Family Law Seminar with Dr Olivia Rundle




Law Society of Tasmania

CPD Points



Law Society of Tasmania

28 Murray Street Hobart, TAS

Staffordshire House (videolink)

56 Charles Street Launceston, TAS

Rae & Partners (videolink)

13 Fenton Street Devonport, TAS

McLean McKenzie & Topfer (videolink)

41 Cattley Street Burnie, TAS


Trans and Gender Diverse, Intersex and Non-Heterosexual People in Family Law 



CPD Guide: 1 (SL, PS) 


Topic Background

There is a long history of discrimination in both law and society towards people of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality. Rapid, transformative legal change has occurred since the 1990s and continues in relation to trans, gender diverse, and intersex individuals, same-gender couples, and rainbow families.

Some legal changes have been imposed retrospectively upon couples and families who have organised their lives based upon different agreements and/or assumptions. Despite fundamental improvements in law, people of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality continue to suffer stigma, discrimination and risk in society.

Legal service providers should foster and maintain awareness of the historical legal frameworks, current law, persistent societal discrimination, and challenges that are particular to clients of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality.


Speaker Bio

Dr Olivia Rundle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania.  Dr Rundle's work includes research, teaching and community engagement in the three broad areas of family law (particularly non-traditional family relationships), dispute resolution (particularly the role of lawyers) and civil procedure. She is the Wellbeing Coordinator at the Faculty of Law, part of the  Wellness Network of Law and a founding member of the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network (ADRRN).  Dr Rundle also serves on the Tasmanian Board of Legal Education. She practised law until 2000 and worked as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner registered by the Attorney General and a Mediator accredited under the Australian National Mediation Standards (LEADR).

Dr. Rundle‚Äôs co-authored book Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law (published 2016 by Thomson Reuters, with Samantha Hardy and Damien W Riggs) will help to prepare lawyers for dealing with the diversity of modern relationships and effectively communicating this when advocating for their client.


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