From the Editors-Derek Lim
2012 | Week 10 Edition
Week 10 has rolled around and I hope memories of Lawlapalooza are still fresh in your mind. For everyone who walked past or anywhere near the roundhouse, the sound of “YOUR SEX IS ON FIREEE” resounded across the lower campus. Clerkship Presentations are still in full swing, be sure to take note to make sure you don’t miss out on an internship in you dream firm.
Contents Upcoming Highlights……………..………..… 1 UNSW Law Faculty Announcements…....... 2 Events Board………………………….….........3 Careers Board………………………….….......4 Competitions Board…………...…………….. 7
Check out the myriad of competitions we have lined up, whether your goal is to pursue glory on an international stage, or see what it’s like in our trial advocacy competition, be sure to sign up and suit up! The skills you gain in impromptu speaking and answering curve ball questions will be invaluable to your legal career as you polish your velvet tongue and silvery smooth speaking skills.
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Monday 7 May Sunday 13 May
Tuesday 8 May Wednesday 9 May Tues 8/Wed 16 May
Applications for Administrative Law (Housing) Clinic Course closes Application deadline for World Human Rights Moot Application deadline for ALSA Competitions Application deadline for National Shine Torts Moot Application deadline for AAT National Moot Competition Twilight Drinks, 6:30-9:30pm NSW Young Lawyers International Law Committee Info Session Speakers Forum Event-“Secrecy; The Key to Independence” Gadens Lawyers Interview Skills Workshop, 6pm
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WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF NSW AND WOMEN‟S LEGAL SERVICES NSW PRESENT “SECRECY: THE KEY TO INDEPENDENCE” THE STORY OF EAST TIMORESE WOMEN‟S EXPERIENCES Wednesday 9th May 2012, 5.30pm – 7.30pm The Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney Laura Soares Abrantes and Beba Sequeira are coeditors of the book “Secrecy: the Key to Independence” a compilation of Timorese women’s oral histories. In many cases it is the first time their stories have been told of their experiences during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor and their brave fight for independence. Laura and Beba will be talking about these stories and how women in East Timor are now playing a major role in the development of their country including the new legal system. Both Laura and Beba were active in the resistance and clandestine movement during the occupation at great risk to their personal safety. Beba is Director of APSC - TL, an organisation that supports and promotes women’s projects in East Timor. Laura is now gender consultant with APSC - TL. Both have contributed to many publications about women in East Timor. Free admittance - bookings essential as places are limited. Light refreshments provided. RSVP: Helen Campbell on 8745 6947 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance. We thank the Law Society of NSW for their support in hosting this event.
“LAW AS A CAREER – COMING TO THE BAR”.
When: Tuesday 15 may 2012 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where: Martin Place Chambers, Level 6, 65 Martin Place, Sydney Speakers for this event are the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO of the Supreme Court of NSW, Sandra Duggan SC, and Suanne Russell, Counsel, Business and Commercial Lending, Westpac. The MC for the event is Rebecca Barry, President of WLA NSW and NSW Director of Australian Women Lawyers. The panel of speakers will share their experiences in their respective legal careers, coming to the bar, and directions their careers have taken. There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential. Please RSVP: email@example.com or 0466 157 087 to register your attendance. Law Week: 14-20 May 2012 www.lawweek.com.au
THE JANET COOMBS LUNCH FOR NEW FEMALE BARRISTERS HOSTED BY THE WOMEN BARRISTERS FORUM & WLANSW
Where: BOND Café, 111 Phillip St (adjacent to Martin Place), Sydney Please join us and distinguished guests for our biannual lunch and meet the new women at the bar. No charge; non-reader attendees pay for own lunch. A special lunch menu selection ranging from $15-$22 has been prepared to ensure prompt service. Please register your attendance and menu selection (attached) by 16th May: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0466 157 087 to ensure adequate seating. 18th May, Friday 1.00pm – 2.00pm
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NSW YOUNG LAWYERS – HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE The NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee consists of a diverse and active group of young lawyers and volunteers who all share a commitment to affecting change within the areas of Human Rights. Whether it’s writing submissions to Parliament, organising forums in Martin Place or staging social events, the Human Rights Committee is dedicated to achieving its objectives of raising awareness about Australian and international human rights issues, lobbing and commenting on legislative and policy changes at both federal and state levels and providing education to the legal profession and wider community about Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Law Society Building, 170 Philip Street Sydney. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9th May 2012 at 6pm. For further information, please visit our website here. NSW YOUNG LAWYERS INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMITTEE The Young Lawyers International Law Committee seeks to promote informed discussion amongst their members on international law in Australia and to provide a distinctive Australian perspective on contemporary international legal issues and developments. Membership is open to young lawyers working in the field and law students who have an interest in international law. The Committee has monthly meetings, held on the last Thursday of every month. The next meeting will be held at 6pm on the 31st of May, at the NSW Law Society (Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney). Coming to a Committee meeting is a great way to meet young practitioners, build your professional network, and score some free pizza, wine and cheese. The Committee will also be holding a number of events in coming months, including an international law careers event on the 9th of August, and an international arbitration moot in Semester Two. The latest monthly bulletin of the NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee has been released and it contains plenty of exciting opportunities for students to become actively
involved in the Committee. Whether it be joining one of the many working groups run by our members or attending one of our upcoming events, the Human Rights Committee is always looking for motivated young lawyers or students who have the passion and desire to drive exciting projects which make an impact. For further information, please read our bulletin attached in this email or visit our website at (http://www.lawsociety.com.au/about/YoungLawye rs/Committees/HumanRights/index.htm). The Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Law Society Building, 170 Philip Street Sydney. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9th May 2012 at 6pm. For more information about the Committee, feel free to contact Bryce Williams at email@example.com. SPEAKERS FORUM EVENT The summer clerkship/graduate application period can be a stressful time. Our Education Portfolio has put together a Speakers Forum Event to help you through it. The speakers invited to discuss the enduring mental health issues concerning it includes: Marie Jepson (Tristan Jepson Memorial
Foundation) speaking about mental health, the legal profession and law students; Professor Rebecca Welsh (member of the NSW Young Lawyers, Mental Health Executive Sub-Committee, UNSW) speaking about the clerkship/graduate application process, mental health issues, tips and resources concerning it; and Emily Burke (fifth year Arts/Law student) will be sharing her perspective and advice about the application process and her clerkship experience at a top-tier law firm over summer 2011-2012) All UG & JD students are welcome and a Q&A session will be held after. Light catering is provided. When: 14th May, Monday (Week 11), 6-7pm Where: G02, Gonski Levy Theatre
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UNSW LAW SOCIETY SUMMER CLERKSHIP PRESENTATION SERIES 2012
25 May - Tresscox Lawyers Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 302
Are you considering a career in an Australian law firm? Do you want to know more about the top Australian law firms before you apply for a clerkship? Would you like to find out what a firm is really like?
28 May - Thomsons Lawyers Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 202
If you answered YES to any of these questions then you cannot afford to miss the following events! Starting from Monday the 23rd of April we will be hosting a presentation with a different firm each day (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday) from 1pm to 2pm.
The program for the series is: 7 May - Freehills Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 202 8 May - Allen & Overy Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 202 10 May - Gadens Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 302 11 May - Corrs Chambers Westgarth Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 302
31 May - Baker & McKenzie Workshop Presentation @ Law 202
[Type a quote from the document or the summary of TWILIGHT DRINKS (see attached poster below) If you are intending on applying for a Summer Clerkship this year you cannot miss this event. Twilight Drinks provides a unique opportunity to speak with representatives from Firms in an informal setting. Don't miss out on this opportunity to talk with representatives from Allen & Overy, Allens Arthur Robinson, Baker & McKenzie, Clayton Utz, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, DLA Piper, Dibbs Barker, Freehills, Gadens, Gilbert + Tobin, Henry Davis York, King & Wood Mallesons, Lander & Rogers, Minter Ellison & Norton Rose. Unfortunately places are limited so please ensure you register your details as soon as possible here. When: Thursday, 8 May, 6:30-9:30pm GADENS LAWYERS INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP
14 May - Henry Davis York Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 202 15 May - DLA Piper Australia Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 202 17 May - Backer & McKenzie Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 302 21 May - King & Wood Mallesons Workshop Presentation @ Law 202 22 May - Allens Arthur Robinson Summer Clerkship Presentation @ Law 202 24 May - Minter Ellison Workshop Presentation @ Law 302
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THE NSW YOUNG LAWYERS PUBLIC LAW & GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE PRESENTS THE SIR ANTHONY MASON CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ESSAY PRIZE.
6:00pm on Wednesday 27 June at Gilbert + Tobin, Level 37, 2 Park Street, Sydney
REGISTRATION FOR COMPETITIONS IS NOW OPEN! Students studying an undergraduate law or JD degree are invited to submit to the Committee an essay of no more than 2,500 words by 31 May 2012.You have the choice of one of the following topics: Freedom of Speech In light of recent events underscoring the influence of corporate and union money in politics, the NSW Parliament has limited political donations by anyone other than individuals. Are the recently enacted NSW restrictions consistent with the implied freedom of political communication? „Bikie‟ Control Orders Given the recent passage of the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012 through the NSW Parliament, what, if any, impact will the successful High Court challenge to the almost identical control order scheme in Wainohu v NSW have had? Indigenous Recognition One of the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution was that the Constitution be amended to include a new section 116A prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of race, colour or ethnic or national origin. What would be the consequences of such a provision? Executive Power The most appropriate interpretation of the limits of federal executive power are by reference to the limits of federal legislative power. Discuss. Something Else...? A topic of your choosing on a relevant Australian Constitutional law issue of present national importance. Due date: Submit your essay to the Committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2012.
External competitions are a fantastic opportunity to apply your theoretical understanding of the law in exciting, practical and competitive contexts. They challenge and develop your legal skills and are a great way to meet law students from across Australia, and internationally. LawSoc is currently seeking applications for the following intervarsity competitions: The World Human Rights Moot Shine National Torts Moot Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Moot Competition ALSA Competitions
How to apply: Please email email@example.com for an application form. Further inquiries and questions regarding the selection policy should be directed to the above email address.
WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS MOOT Application deadline: Sunday, 13 May 2012 The World Human Rights Moot is a prestigious international competition coordinated by the University of Pretoria in South Africa with the support of the UN Human Rights office. The final rounds are presided over by former South African Chief Justices and eminent international jurists. When: The best fifteen teams from the five UN regions will be invited to participate in person in the final rounds in Pretoria from 8 - 10 December. For more information, click here. Cost: Pursuant to the Subsidies Policy competitors’ expenses will attract financial support from Lawsoc upon application. The organisers of
More information Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC will announce the three best essays at an awards night, to be held at
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AUSTRALIAN LAW STUDENTS‟ ASSOCIATION (ALSA) COMPETITIONS
Mooting Competition, and appeared in the grandfinal before the Honourable Justice Garry Downes.
Application deadline: Sunday, 13 May 2012
UNSW will select up to 3 teams to compete in the 2012 competition, each comprising 3 members: 2 students who act as Senior and Junior Counsel and 1 who will act as a researcher. Competitors will participate in up to 5 knockout rounds between 1 June - 7 October, depending on their success in the competition. Competitors’ expenses will attract the financial support of Lawsoc upon application.
The 2012 ALSA Clayton Utz Conference will be hosted in Melbourne between 9 – 16 July. For further information about the Conference, social events and educational forums, click here. Rules for each of the following competitions are available here. LawSoc will subsidise registration and transport for all competitors.
King & Wood Mallesons Championship Moot Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot ALSA Witness Examination Piper Alderman Sir Laurence Street Negotiation Clayton Utz Paper PresentationNorton Rose Client Interviewing Competition
NATIONAL SHINE LAWYERS TORTS MOOT Application deadline: Sunday, 13 May 2012 This entry-level moot provides students with an excellent opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of an intervarsity mooting competition and improve their knowledge of tort law. A team of 4 competitors will be selected to compete at the Queensland University of Technology in the first week of August. Competitors’ expenses will attract the financial support of Lawsoc upon application. All students who have participated in internal and/or external mooting competitions are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of torts law is required. Competitors must be available to prepare during the mid-year break. For more information, click here.
Knowledge of administrative law is not required – competitors who have not completed Administrative Law will be set a small number of readings in the holidays to provide them with the necessary background knowledge. FREEHILLS TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Always wanted to say objection in a trial court? Well here is your chance! Registration for the Freehills Trial Advocacy Competition 2012 is now open. Hurry as registration closes Week 10 Friday 11th May at 5:00pm! Register throughhttps://docs.google.com/a/unswlawsoc.org/ spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDlscnY2azFKM GZ1TzVhM3gzWFRSYmc6MQ#gid=0. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. "
APPLY FOR THE UNSW JESSUP TEAM!
Application deadline: Sunday, 13 May 2012
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is one of the most traditional and prestigious moots in the world, having been around for over 50 years. Over 500 teams from 87 countries around the world compete annually at the Jessup, with around 130 teams advancing through the international rounds in Washington DC.
The AAT Mooting competition is an excellent competition for mooters of all levels to participate in. In 2010, a UNSW team won the national AAT
UNSW has a grand tradition in this competition, and we invite you to be a part of it. Participants compete ﬁrst in the Australian National Rounds
ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS NATIONAL MOOT COMPETITION
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held in Canberra in early February, with the ﬁnal held in the High Court before one High Court judge and two other eminent judges. The ﬁnalists proceed to the International Rounds held in Washington DC in late March / early April. The problem always involves at least four complex issues, and takes the form of a case before the International Court of Justice. Teams prepare written and oral arguments for both applicant and respondent states. Students selected for the Jessup team are expected to not undertake work or other commitments during the summer vacation. An information session will be held on May 31 st at 1 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. For more information on applying for the team, please contact Frances Gibson, Director of Experiential Learning (email@example.com). For more information about the Jessup in general, please contact Lucas Lixinski, the Dean’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow (firstname.lastname@example.org), or see the Jessup website (www.ilsa.org/jessup).
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William House Eunice Park Co-Presidents
Saravanan Somaskanthan Vice-President (Activities)
Shaun Croner Edmund Lo Vice-Presidents (Careers)
Ben Heenan Events Director
Cindy Xian Asia Careers Vice-President
Jessie Holgersson JD Events Director
Joyce Lai Asia Careers Director
Emily Pfeiffer Activites Director
James Healey Stephanie Lee Kartini Saddington Careers Directors
Shamila Vijayamanohr Leah Munk Publication Directors
Greemn Lim Leslie Phung Akshay Rao Preeta Seshachari Chiraag Shah LawPLUS Coordinators
Nathan Huynh Vice-President (Administration)
Simon Cho Vice-President (Social Justice)
Karina Ko Design & Promotions Director
Kara Grimsley Social Justice Program Coordinator
Jessica Wong Raymond Roca Jenny Du Design & Promotions Coordinators
Palak Thaker Emily Burke Verity Smith Will Maher Ava Hurley Social Justice Officers
Lyndon Goddard Careers Publications Director
Phillip Chan Assistant IT Director
Derek Lim Rishika Pai 'The Brief'Editors
For a complete list of executive contact details visit our website: www.unswlawsoc.org The Law Society is always looking for volunteers and we encourage you to contact us and get involved!
Mary Azzi Non-Corporate Careers Director
Louisa Tan Court of Conscience Editor
Rohit Sud Vice-President (Competitions)
James Skelton Vice-President (Juris Doctor)
TBC Mooting Director
Elena Ng Skills Director
Arthur Wang Jose Brummert External Competitions Directors
Thomas Ellicott JD Competitions Officer
Andrew Arulanandam Tram Nguyen Lyndon Goddard Hazel Pais Libby Mulcahy Akaash Aggarwal Michael Tran Bob Liang Li Lin Annabel Pang Lisa Nguyen Regan Nathan Alan Coorey Chira Song Competitions Coordinators
Charles Crane Treasurer
Brendon Green Grievance Officer Ashvini Thilakeswaran Secretary Leslie Phung Angela Kintominas Immediate Past Presidents
Jessica Lee IT Director
Mark Selim Music Director
Van Armorta Sports Director
Claire Li Vice-President (Education)
2012 Cabinet & Executive