Presidents Report 2012 has started with a bang in the Australian legal world; the PPSA was introduced, law firm Blake Dawson became Ashurst and the Bond LSA hosted an all age movie night. All jokes aside though, it was a big semester in the Bond Law Faculty. Bond Law has enjoyed international Mooting victories, visits from both current and former Judges and almost weekly law firm presentations. Similarly, the LSA has had a very busy semester.
LSA elections are coming up and I would like to encourage each and every one of you to get involved. An experience on the LSA provides an opportunity that is difficult to understand. It’s undoubtedly tough – you aren’t paid, you sacrifice your time and you work hard. However, it’s also extremely rewarding and the lessons I’ve learned on the LSA will be with me for the rest of my life. Student politics isn’t for everyone, but I would encourage you to get involved with something at Bond at some stage of your degree. At the very least you’ll make some great mates and have a good time doing it.
I could rattle on about what the LSA achieved last semester, both new and old, but I won’t. It would be boring to write and almost worse than death to read. However, I If you’d like more information about the upcoming elections please feel free to get in would like to say two things. touch with me or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you. First, thank you. Thank you to all of you who support us, help us out when we need We hope you had a great break and we look it, participate in our competitions and forward to seeing you in the running! events and are a pleasure to work with and work for. It was an extremely busy semester but satisfying. I’d also like to take this op- Rupert Pedler portunity to thank our LSA team. They are all busy people who worked tremendously hard over the past semester. In particular, I would like to thank Naomi Atkinson for her dedication to Law Ball, Illegally Bond, and our many other social events, and Jamie Hitchon for her commitment to the Careers Guide and Bond Bench Press. Second, no article would be complete without a plug or rant – so here is mine. The
Law Week begins Monday June 18th. The elected candidates for all positions will be announced at Law Ball 2012. Visit bondlsa.com to learn more about the committee and individual roles.
Am I Introverted, or Asian?
Am I Introverted, or Asian? Asians are … quiet and shy.
This is not an understatement, nor is it an overstatement. Mind you, be crystal clear that if you are Asian, but was born or bred in a Western country, you are excluded.
Asians are … quiet and shy.
This is Bondies might be familiar with seeing Asian students in lectures or tutorials especially, and are cu- not an rious as to their introverted personality. Generally, most Asian international students appear to be understatemore soft-spoken, shy and somewhat quiet in class. I wish to clarify and break this stereotype. ment, nor is it an The education system and culture in Asia is vastly different, when compared to the West. Asia overputs much emphasis on a high-context culture by practicing a strict “respect” tradition to elders (including teachers). No, most Asians generally do not speak their mind, they find it difficult to give statement. “no” as an answer and find it much harder to disagree! (Or to speak up in class when the tutor Mind is speaking.) Interestingly, the education system in Asia encourages students not to interrupt, or you, be voice out their opinions. Unlike the Western culture, students are encouraged to speak their minds, crystal participate proactively and they treat teachers as their friends by referring them by their first name. clear that if This custom is generally prohibited in Asia, as Asians refer to anyone of seniority with a title “Mr”, you are “Mdm” or “Sir” before addressing their names. Asian, but Therefore, when international students arrive in Australia (a land of milk and honey) or Bond, they was born constantly face challenges to adapt or “fit in” a Western culture, totally different to theirs. Being or bred the minority, I noticed that Asian students are keen to embrace the multi-cultural student base that in a Bond offers. They are willing to participate and would feel appreciated when being approached Western first; as Asians find it difficult to initiate due to their fear of rejection. country,
To conclude, the intention of this article is not to promote “Asian Understanding 101”, rather to encourage all students to accept Asians for who they are and maybe, reach out to an Asian or two. Spread the Asian love around, and you never know – you might just have made his or her day. The Asian Law Students’ Society organises seminars such as “How to Participate and Excel in Tutorials” you are excluded. with Kylie Fletcher-Johnson and Kay Lauchland, “How to get an internship” with Nadia Singh from Bondies be familiar with seeingBBQ Asian stuGDO and might will be having a “Meat and Greet” later in the semester. Stay tuned!
Mooting: Vis East By: Adam Oâ€™Brodovich On March 17th 2012 Ben Ettinger, Marcus de Courtenay, Nigel Thomas, Rupert Peddler, Louise Parsons and I headed to Hong Kong to compete in the Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot. We set out with a goal of breaking into the playoffs that consisted of the top 16 teams out of 90 universities. Due to the outstanding performances by Nigel and Marcus the Bond team not only broke through the top 16, but made it to the quarter finals among teams such as Harvard and Osgoode Hall. During the round robin we faced tough competition including George Washington University and American University.
A highlight of this trip was the opportunity to meet students from universities all over the world. We spent
Our team of four won the Erik Bergsten
most of our free time with The Chinese University of
Award for the Best Claimantâ€™s Memorandum.
Hong Kong moot team who took us out to traditional
This is a tough award as the paper is subject
Hong Kong restaurants and tourist attractions.
to a pre-selection and assessment process by individual reviewers from all over the world. A panel decides on the winner out of ninety schools, including notable examples such as:
During this past six-month period, all four of us were fortunate enough to receive daily one-on-one
Harvard, Osgoode Hall, George Washington
training from our professor and coach, Louise Parsons,
and the University of Sydney. Many schools
along with our student coach Rupert. Although it de-
had an entire course dedicated to the writing
manded significant sacrifices from both academic and
of this paper. This paper was quite extensive, consisting of topics such as a challenge to council, exemption from liability to pay damages under Article 79 of the CISG, allegations of bribery, and damages.
personal commitments, it was a life-changing experience that I will never forget and would highly recommend to anyone.
The past month has been a busy one for the CLSA. New members of our executive include Adam O’ Brodovich, Alex Morris and Basil Bansal. In O-week, our members spoke to the incoming class about learning strategies and expectations. In Week 1, we hosted a BBQ on the volleyball courts with a great turnout of Canadians from all semesters. In the coming weeks, we will be hosting our ‘Going Home’ Seminar in conjunction with the Graduate Development Office for Canadians planning on practicing law in the great white north.
While most of the information is only useful to Canadians, I would like to take this opportunity to invite the law student community at-large to our annual Canada Day Party on 1 July. If you are not in attendance, you’ll most likely, see or hear the fireworks from your windows. The Executive for 122!
(Clockwise: Basil Bansal, Jamie Bregman, Adam O’Brodovich, Dave Strangio, Fraser McDonald, Kyle Hetherington, Alex Morris)
Photos: Shawn Rotman
Photos: Shawn Rotman
First Semester Exam Diaries
For a first semester law student exams can be daunting, nerve-racking and intimidating. However, there is no getting around them. They will always be the greatest tools in measuring your academic merit. They will determine your understanding of the subjects, and that will never change. They might not measure all your skills and abilities, I am pretty terrible at them myself, but exams are not going anywhere. Therefore, the ways of getting ready for them are vast and very personally dependent. Everyone seems to have his or her own method to the madness. As a first term student you do a lot to figure out the jigsaw puzzle, it’s like the LSAT all over again, most try to manipulate or sneak around the code rather than understand the process. You ask second semester students for their opinions, you ask friends back home, your parents, teachers and peers alike. However, no matter how hard you try to get a definite and concrete answer there is little one can do in securing an answer that fits your expectations as a first semester student. It seems as though the only way to feel fully prepared for your first term exams comes after doing three things you came to Law School to do in the first place. First, going to class. Not to mention the massive cost associated with signing up, these are the place where learning is done. Tutorials are also an element that can secure your understanding of the subject matter and gives a student an opportunity to question topics, and see the relevance. People can fool themselves and suggest they don’t need to go to class, but when push comes to shove, a teacher is going to be more willing to help those they know have been trying their hardest and at least showing effort. Second, templates are resourceful. However, they are not if you don’t make your own, if you don’t understand them, or you don’t use them practically. And, teachers always know a template answer when they see one. Making your own outlines bases on your notes, from class, and re-streaming lectures to ensure they have the proper legal tests and content will be key in understanding the relationship between topics. Which is what professors want to see in the first place. Third, doing past exams and previous tutorial questions is the best way to prepare for exams. These can iron out the wrinkles in your understanding, and there is nothing closer to the real thing than old exams. Practicing your writing and analytical skills before your exams will settle your nerves and make the real test less daunting. Although those are the three methods I, as a first semester student, will use there is one more important tactic I feel could help others in my position, study groups. Law school is a very competitive atmosphere, however, a rising tide lifts all boats. Getting together with 4-5 like-minded students can be very helpful. This provides an opportunity to discuss topics, and explain relevance, which more often than not helps clarify issues in your own mind. I cannot emphasis enough the importance of study groups. These are your best tool is combating otherwise nerve-racking and intimidating exams.
Win a Date to Law Ball 2012 with LSA Executive Hair and makeup booked for Saturday June 23? Probably. But wait, are you getting ahead of yourself ladies? What about a date?
How to Enter Send a Facebook message to the LSA with the reason why you should be set up with our Alex Myers at Bondâ€™s biggest social event of the year.
The current LSA is offering its last competition of the one-year term. The competition is to win a date with one of the LSA Committee for Law Ball 2012.
Only the lucky girl will be contacted with further details. The Competition ends Wednesday June 13th
What do you get? A shot at dating a soon to be LLB Grad (with honours), a seat at the table with the current LSA, a shot at love plus a magical wine-filled evening with a perfect gentlemen. This competition could make your favourite romantic comedy a reality. Who is the mystery man you ask? Ladies prepare to swoon. Alex Myers, who is practically Bond royalty. He is the LSA Treasurer and an award-winning Mooter with a captivating personality.
Alex Myers, 23, currently in his last semester of Law.