Professor Mary Anne

Professor Mary Anne Noone

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Law School

Room 255 Martin Building, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA, LLB (Monash) , MA(Conflict Resolution)(LaTrobe), Barrister & Solicitor of Supreme Court Victoria, Accreditated Mediator



Membership of professional associations

Global Alliance for Justice Education, International Legal Aid Group, Law Institute of Victoria, Australian Law Teachers Association, Resolution Institute.

Area of study


Brief profile

The thread drawing together Mary Anne’s research, teaching, professional and community service activities is a passion for improving access to justice Her current research focuses on ethics in alternative dispute resolution processes. She is a specialist on the Australian legal aid system and an authority in clinical legal education. She co-authored the only history of the Australian legal aid system, Lawyers in Conflict(2006) and the recent Australian Clinical Legal Education (2017). Mary Anne was one of Australia’s first community lawyers, was the National Representative for Community Legal Centres, a member of the National Legal Aid Advisory Committee, served 12 years as a part-time member of Social Security Appeals Tribunal, eleven years as a director of Victoria Legal Aid and for 20 years she was a member of the management committee of West Heidelberg Community Legal Service. She was coordinator of La Trobe’s clinical legal education program for over two decades.

In recognition of her outstanding achievements and contributions as a lawyer, to teaching and learning and legal aid research, Mary Anne has received a number of awards. In 2010 she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, in 2009, she received a Law Institute of Victoria President’s Award for Access to Justice and in 2006 a Carrick Teaching award.

Research interests

Legal Education

- Best Practices in Clinical Legal Education

Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession

- Health Justice Partnerships: integrated legal services in health care settings

Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution

- Ethics in Mediation

Teaching units

  • Dispute Resolution LAW1DR
  • Legal Practice and Conduct LAW3LPC
  • Public Interest Law Practice LAW2PLP
  • Legal Rights, Poverty and Legal Services LAW2RPS
  • Legal Processes, Methods and Institutions LAW5PMI


Recent publications


Evans A., Cody A., Copeland A., Giddings J., Noone M.A. & Rice S., Australian Clinical Legal Education (2017) ANU Press

Noone M.A. & Tomsen S. (2006) Lawyers in Conflict: Australian Lawyers and Legal Aid Federation Press  

Edited Research Books

Akin Ojelabi, L and Noone M.A (eds), (2017) Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 35(1)  Law in Context, Special Issue Federation Press.

Book chapters

Noone M.A. (2017) 'Wearing Two Hats: Lawyers acting as Mediators' in Levy et al (eds) New Directions for Law in Australia ANU Press

Noone M.A. (2017) ‘Challenges facing the Australian Legal Aid System’ in Flynn A & Hodgson J. (eds)  Legal Aid and Access to Justice: Comparative Perspectives of Unmet Legal Need  Hart Publishing

Noone M.A. and Gibson F.(2013) ‘Going to court: access to legal assistance in Australia’ in Australian Courts: Serving Democracy and its Publics Australian Institute of Judicial Administration  

 Noone M.A. and Bloch F.(2010), ‘Legal Aid Origins of Clinical Legal Education’ in Bloch F.(ed) The Global Clinical Movement: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice Oxford University Press 

Noone M.A. (2007) ‘“They all come in the one door” The transformative potential of an integrated service model: A study of the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service’ in Pleasence, Buck & Balmer,(eds) Transforming Lives: Law and Social Process UK The Stationary Office


Akin Ojelabi, L & Noone M.A.(2017) 'ADR processes: connections between purpose, values, ethics and justice" 35 (1) Law in Context  6

Noone M.A. & Akin Ojelabi, L., (2014)’ Ensuring Access to Justice in Mediation within the Civil Justice System’ 40(2) Monash University Law Review 528

Noone M.A. & Akin Ojelabi, L., (2014) ‘Insights from Australian mediators about mediation and access to justice’ 25 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 212

Noone M.A. & Akin Ojelabi, L., (2014) ‘Ethical Challenges for Mediators: an Australian Perspective’ Washington University Journal of Law and Policy

Noone M.A., (2014) ‘Legal aid crisis: Lessons from Victoria’s response’ 39(1) Alternative Law Journal 40

Noone M.A., (2013) ‘Time to rework the brand ‘Clinical Legal Education’’ 19 International Journal of Clinical Legal Education 341

Noone M.A., (2012) 'Integrated legal services: Lessons from West Heidelberg CLS' 37(1) Alternative Law Journal 26

Noone M.A., (2011) ‘ADR, Public Interest Law and Access to Justice: the need for vigilance’ 37(1) Monash University Law Review 57

Noone M.A., (2009) ‘Towards an integrated service response to the link between legal and health issues’ 15 Australian Journal of Primary Health 203

Noone M A & Curran L., (2008) ‘Access to justice: a new approach using human rights standards’ 15(3) International Journal of the Legal Profession, p195

Noone M.A. (2008) ‘The Disconnect between Transformative Mediation and Social Justice’ 19 Australian Dispute Resolution Journal 114

Research Reports

Noone M.A. & Akin Ojelabi L., (2013) Justice Quality and Accountability in Mediation Practice: a Report La Trobe University Melbourne Australia

Evans, A.H., Cody, A., Copeland, A., Giddings, J., Noone, M., Rice, S., (2012), Best Practices: Australian Clinical Legal Education, Monash University, Clayton Vic Australia

Noone M.A. with K.Digney, (2010) “It’s Hard to Open up to Strangers” Improving Access to Justice: The Key Features of an Integrated Legal Services Delivery Model La Trobe University Melbourne Australia

Research projects

2012    Legal Services Board Improving the Justice in Mediation: a practical guide for mediators  With Dr Akin Ojelabi

2012    Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Research Program Team Grant   Justice and Rights for Sustainable Communities with  Basser, Akin Ojelabi, Harris and Vernon

2010 - 2012 Australian Learning and Teaching Council  Strengthening legal education by integrating clinical experiences  Priority Project 2010- 2012 with Evans, Cody, Copeland, Giddings & Rice

2011    Faculty Research Grant Justice Quality and Accountability in Mediation Practice with Dr Lola Akin Ojelabi