Penny is the Principal Research Fellow for a joint project between the Melbourne Law School and the Victorian Department of Health on the ethical, legal and policy implications of genomics research. She also coordinates and teaches a compulsory subject – ‘The Rule of Law’ - in the Master of Public Administration for the Melbourne School of Government.
Prior to joining the Melbourne Law School, Penny was a senior executive in the Victorian Public Service. She was the Director, Legal, for the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She provided legal and legal policy advice to the Government and Department with a particular focus on public and constitutional law matters. Penny was also an associate to Chief Justice Black AC of the Federal Court of Australia and a solicitor with Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst Australia).
Penny holds an LLM (First Class honours) from the University of Cambridge and a BA/LLB (First Class honours) from the University of Melbourne. Penny’s graduate studies were supported by a scholarship from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.