Ken Arenson is a 1974 graduate of the University of Kentucky where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He then attended law school at the University of Toledo where he graduated with honors in earning the degree of Juris Doctor. Prior to commencing his career in law teaching, he practiced in the United States (Pennsylvania) as a criminal defense attorney and handled numerous jury trials. After accepting an invitation to conduct a series of guest lectures on the topic of driving while intoxicated, he decided that he would be most comfortable and happy in the world of academia. That prompted Ken to accept a law teaching position at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he taught from 1985-87. Although Ken loved his time at Southern University, he decided to specialize in immigration law where the skills he developed as a defense attorney could be utilized to great advantage. After working for two years as a trial attorney with the Immigration and Naturalization Service Division of the United States Department of Justice, he found himself yearning to return to the classroom. In pursuit of that goal, he then attended the University of Edinburgh where he earned the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M) in 1991. In 1993 he applied for, and was ultimately appointed, to the position of Lecturer at Deakin University. He has worked for Deakin for nearly twenty-three years. He was promoted to the level of an Associate Professor in 2004.
During his years at Deakin, Ken has taught torts, criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure with particular emphasis on the latter three subjects. In his twenty-five plus years as a law teacher in the United States and Australia, he has authored some twenty-four refereed law journal articles and co-authored three books. His books relate to the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence and the same is true of the vast majority of my refereed law journal articles.
Reliance by the Supreme Courts of the States of Washington (USA) and Victoria (Aust) on the aforementioned articles published in the Drake Law Review and Criminal Law Journal respectively
Reliance by the Victorian Law Reform Commission on the aforementioned article published in the Flinders Journal of Law Reform
Pro Bono Work
Series of guest lectures on the topic of the prosecution and defense of drinking drivers: bond hearings, parole and probation revocation hearings, pre-trial conferences, jury and non-jury trials, sentencing hearings, and all necessary pre-trial and post-trial motions.
Seminars presented on a range of topics in evidence, criminal law and constitutional law at St. Thomas University (USA) and the University of Toledo (USA);
Legal Advisor to Law Reform Commission of Victoria;
Legal advisor to Geelong Community Legal Services, Victorian Legal Aid and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Victoria.
Awards and Achievements
Reliance by the Supreme Courts of the States of Washington (USA) and Victoria (Aust) on the aforementioned articles published in the Drake Law Review and Criminal Law Journal respectively;
Reliance by the Victorian Law Reform Commission on the aforementioned article published in the Flinders Journal of Law Reform;
Award in recognition of distinguished service to the Student Bar Association while teaching at the Southern University Law Center;
Award in recognition of distinguished service for work as a legal intern in the Criminal Defender Clinic;
Election into Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in recognition of graduating in the top 10% of law school graduating class; and
Five times Dean’s List as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky.