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Arna Delle-Vergini

BA/LLB (Hons) (University of Melbourne), Cert IV in Workplace Assessment & Training; Cert IV in Project Management


Arna Delle-Vergini signed the Roll of Counsel in 2000. She has practised primarily in criminal law, intervention orders, crimes compensation and the Children’s Court criminal and welfare jurisdictions. Arna has experience in both prosecutions and defence and has appeared in all courts and on both sides of the Bar table, including the Supreme & County Courts, Magistrates’ Court and the Children’s Court of Victoria.

In addition to her court practice, Arna instructs in practical legal training courses, preparing emerging lawyers for practice. She is also an accredited advocacy coach and teaches advocacy in the Victorian Bar Readers Course. She has also taught at Victoria University and Australian Catholic University in social justice.

In 2011-2012, Arna managed the Trial Counsel Development Program run by Victoria Legal Aid. The program provided unique training and networking opportunities to junior barristers of the Victorian Bar.

Arna is currently studying her Masters of Laws at Monash University focusing on alternative dispute resolution and, particularly, on how a therapeutic jurisprudence framework can inform how we practice as lawyers.  As a practising lawyer and  PLT trainer, Arna is well placed to provide regular commentary to students and new lawyers  about issues touching on legal professionalism, health and well-being in the law, and ‘resilience building’ in junior practitioners.

Phoebe Churches

BA (Hons) / BSW (Sydney University) Juris Doctor (RMIT University) Grad Dip Legal Practice / Master of Laws [in progress] (ANU)


Phoebe was admitted to practice at the end of 2014. She has worked in the community sector as a social worker – predominantly in rights advocacy – for over 25 years.

Phoebe currently works in the tertiary education sector, managing the Advocacy and Legal division of the University of Melbourne Student Union where she has worked since 2006. Prior to that Phoebe has worked variously supporting and advocating for the homeless; assisting people experiencing domestic violence to access safety and support and providing counselling and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault.

In addition to her day job, Phoebe is excited about being part of the development of a new employment law legal clinic serving the recently arrived and refugee communities of the West of Melbourne and volunteers weekly in the Human Rights Legal Clinic at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

Dean Edwards

BA (College of William & Mary, U.S.) JD (Melbourne University) GDLP (ANU)

dean 2Dean RP Edwards has worked as a lawyer at a small general practice firm in Melbourne CBD since October 2013.

He graduated from the Juris Doctor program at the University of Melbourne in 2013, with a focus on public international law and human rights. Dean completed his practical legal training with the Australian National University in 2014.

In a previous life, Dean lived in the United States where he graduated with a BA in History from the College of William & Mary in 2008. He spent a couple years working in journalism and on several projects with the U.S. Government before returning to Melbourne to undertake his legal studies.

In March/April 2015, Dean co-taught a six-week law program geared towards asylum seekers with Melbourne Free University.

Outside of working and teaching in the law, Dean gives his attention to questions of law and society, with a particular interest in legal theory and the history of public international law.

At newlawyerlanguage, Dean shares some of his thoughts on those bigger questions, as well as general musings on working within the law.