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Family Law in New Zealand, 17th edition

BILL ATKIN BA, LLM (VUW) is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He has taught a wide range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels over many years, including Family Law, Law and Medicine, Torts, Welfare Law, Elder Law, and Law and Religion. He has written extensively, especially in the area of family law. In addition to being a member of the team which contributes to the LexisNexis Family Law Service and a member of the Editorial Board of the New Zealand Family Law Journal, he has written Living Together Without Marriage: The Law in New Zealand (Wellington, Butterworths, 1991), (with Wendy Parker) Relationship Property in New Zealand (2nd ed, Wellington, LexisNexis, 2009), (with others) Torts in New Zealand Casebook and Materials (5th ed, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2012), and co-authored and co-edited with Mark Henaghan Family Law Policy in New Zealand (4th ed, Wellington, LexisNexis, 2013). He is one of the contributors to Fisher on Matrimonial and Relationship Property (LexisNexis) and is responsible for the titles “Husband and Wife” and (jointly) “Family Protection and Other Property Arrangements” in The Laws of New Zealand (LexisNexis). He is one of the authors of Todd (ed) The Law of Torts in New Zealand (6th ed, Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2013).

Bill was a member of the Justice Department Working Group which in 1988 produced a report on Matrimonial Property and Family Protection. In 1990 he chaired the Ministerial Adoption Practices Review Committee that made important recommendations to the Minister of Social Welfare. He was one of two people appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the Ministerial Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, whose report entitled “Assisted Human Reproduction Navigating Our Future” was presented in 1994.

He has written the New Zealand monograph on social security law as part of the International Encyclopaedia Laws (Kluwer Law International, latest edition 2015) and another one on family law (latest edition 2015).

He is on the advisory committee for the New Zealand Law Society’s Family Law Section and is the General Editor of the International Society of Family Law’s International Survey of Family Law, published annually.

JOHN CALDWELL is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Canterbury, and is a former Head of School and Director of Honours students. After graduating with an LLM (with first class Honours) from Cambridge University, he embarked on a teaching career in Law. He also has a BA and a Teaching Licentiate in Speech and Drama. He has over seventy publications in law journals, contributed to three books, and been involved in numerous seminar and conference presentations. He has been a member of various New Zealand Family Law Section Committees, the New Zealand Family Court Judges Education Committee, and is a Committee member of the Christchurch Family Courts Association Committee and various community groups.

JUDGE DALE CLARKSON graduated LLB from Auckland University in 1978 and after some years in practice in city and suburban firms, as a partner from 1981, she became a barrister sole in 1987, specialising in family law. At the Bar, she had a particular interest in the representation of children. Judge Clarkson has served on the Women Members, District Court and Family Law Subcommittees of the Auckland District Law Society. She is a past president of the South Auckland Lawyers Association and the Auckland Family Courts Association. She was from 1986-1987 a member of the Mangere-Otahuhu Child Protection Team. Over the past few years she has presented papers to a wide range of groups, including psychologists, lawyers, judges, law students and multi-disciplinary groups involved in family law. Judge Clarkson was appointed a District Court Judge, with a Family Court Warrant, in 1989.
She was a founding faculty member of the Institute of Judicial Studies Mediation Faculty and as such was one of those responsible for designing a programme and training judges at all levels in mediation and settlement conference skills from 1999 until 2007.
In 2005, Judge Clarkson undertook sabbatical studies at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, following which she has published (jointly with her husband, Dr Hugh Clarkson) a number of papers concerning Post-Separation Parental Rejection (referred to by some as Parental Alienation) — its dynamics and management. This is a topic on which she and her husband have jointly presented at conferences and workshops in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
In 2006 she was instrumental in forming the New Zealand Association of Women Judges and served as its first President. She has also been a member of the Auckland Women Lawyers Association, the Family Courts Association and the Family Law Section.
She retired in 2006 and now sits predominantly in the Family Court as an Acting Warranted Judge. Judge Clarkson is a member of the Editorial Board for LexisNexis Family Law Service and the New Zealand Family Law Journal.
In 2008 she was appointed as the first Chairperson of the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal, which deals with the most serious level of disciplinary and regulatory issues for lawyers in New Zealand. She continues to hold this appointment.

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