Our Team

Meet the faces behind newlawyerlanguage


Arna Delle-Vergini


newlawyerlanguage came about because of Arna’s passion for teaching and mentoring young lawyers and law students. A Victorian barrister, as well as a teacher/mentor/coach, Arna is in touch with the challenges facing new lawyers entering the profession. Arna’s vision for newlawyerlanguage is to promote thought and dialogue about what it means to be a legal professional utilising regular blog posts, interviews, expert advice, readings and articles. It is hoped that the website will empower new lawyers to talk about the challenges facing them in the industry.

Phoebe Churches


Phoebe’s background is in rights advocacy; she currently works in the tertiary education sector which she arrived at via sexual assault services and crisis housing. Phoebe is excited about being part of the development of a new employment law legal clinic which aims to serve the recently arrived and refugee communities of the West of Melbourne. Phoebe thinks that web and social media can play a vital role in progressive thinking and analysis and looks forward to contributing to the dialogue about what it means to be both a lawyer and a good global citizen.

Dean Edwards

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. 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. 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.