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Welcome! A huge welcome to new students and welcome back to returning students of UNSW Law! We hope you have had a fun-filled summer break! The new 2013 Cabinet has been working tirelessly throughout the break to improve old events and introduce new initiatives to enrich your academic and social life. We are excited to present to you the new look Brief for 2013. This O-Week edition will give you a glimpse into a revamped newsletter that will bring you more and better content.

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We look forward to seeing you all at our stall during O-Week! Find us in the Quad (Stall Q6) to get a LawSoc sticker for your student card to gain access to LawSoc events and free drinks at these events (bring your ID and timetable)! You can also buy a LawSoc T-Shirt, sign up for the LawPLUS First Year mentoring program and grab a free first year info guide! Hope to see you there! INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Yi Lu & Carol Sin The Brief Editors

UNSW Law Faculty Announcements


UNSW Law Society Announcements








2013 Cabinet


Upcoming This Week Mon 25 Feb

O-Week activities start! Click here for more! Postgraduate students welcome. Register here! Wed 27 Feb Juris Doctor BBQ Thurs 28 Feb Undergraduate students welcome Law Society lunch and fair Fri 1 Mar Juris Doctor students welcome and drinks Disability awareness Q&A session

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Postgraduate Welcome This event is the formal welcome for all commencing Masters and Graduate Diplomas Law students. Join us for drinks and canapĂŠs as you meet your fellow students and program conveners. Guest speakers include the Dean, Professor David Dixon, Postgraduate Coordinator and a current Masters student.

Monday 25 February 2013 CBD Campus Level 6, 1 O’Connell St, Sydney 18:00-20:00 Click here to register!

Undergraduate Welcome This event is the formal welcome for all commencing Undergraduate Law students. Guest speakers include The Hon Michael Kirby, the Dean, Professor David Dixon, Head of School, Carolyn Penfold and Law Society Co-Presidents, Nathan Huynh and Kara Grimsley.

Thursday 28 February 2013 Law Building Law Theatre 11:00-12:00

Juris Doctor Welcome This event is the formal welcome for all commencing Juris Doctor students. Guest speakers include the Dean, Professor David Dixon, JD Coordinator, Mehera San Roque and Law Society Co-President, Kara Grimsley and JD Vice-President, Charles Crane. Join us for lunch after the welcome to meet your classmates.

Friday 1 March 2013 Law Building Law Theatre and Welcome lunch in the Level 1 Student Lounge 13:00-14:00

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Law Society Lunch & Fair The Law Society is hosting a lunch and fair to welcome back returning and all new students. Join us for a free BBQ, ‘Law in Action’ Fair and Photo Booth fun!

Thursday 28 February 2013 Sam Cracknell Pavilion/Village Green 12:00-14:00

Juris Doctor Welcome BBQ and Drinks The JD Portfolio is holding casual BBQ and drinks to welcome both new and old JD students to 2012! Get to know your fellow JD cohort over some food, a few drinks and canapés.

BBQ: Wednesday 27 February 2013 Sam Cracknell Pavilion 12:00-14:00 Drinks: Friday 1 March 2013 White House 2nd Floor 16:30 onwards

Law Camp Leader Applications Now Open! Are you keen to get involved in the Law Society in 2013? Become a Law Camp Leader today! To apply, complete the application form here, and email any questions to Benjamin Heenan, Vice-President (Activities) at

Applications close at midnight, Wednesday 6th March! Please read the instructions carefully on top of the form before you start filling it out. All candidates will be contacted soon after that. We hope to see you at Law Camp!

LawPLUS Peer Mentoring Registration for the LawPLUS Peer Mentoring program is now OPEN! LawPLUS is the UNSW Law Society’s First Year Mentoring Program. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to meet new friends, older law students, socialise and develop skills to survive and thrive in law school!

Register now by clicking here! For more details, contact, Cecily Zhu, Vice-President (Education) at or send an email to

LawSoc Band Auditions Looking for talented musicians at UNSW LAW - singers, guitarists, bass, keyboards, drums... anything!

Auditions will be held on Monday 11th March to Thursday 14 March 13:0014:00 or other times if necessary.

Great opportunity to play at heaps of events!

Email the music director at

Lawkipedia: the essential publication for First Year law students, containing information about the UNSW Law Society and useful articles and tips! Don’t forget to pick up your Lawkipedia at O-Week! Along with your LawSoc sticker and T-shirt!

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Disability Awareness Q&A Session ARC will be hosting a Q&A session as part of the Disability Awareness Campaign Launch. The panel includes Ron McCallum (USYD Legal Academic), Professor Kayess (UNSW Legal Academic), Prue Watt (Gold Medalist Paralympian) and Senator Jan McLucas (Secretary for Disabilities).

Topics for discussion include the services available at UNSW for students with disabilities, disability discrimination and the national disability insurance scheme. Friday 1 March 2013 O-Week Stage (E15) 15:00-16:00

International Women’s Day Bake Sale Come along to the International Women’s Day Bake Sale to stand up to violence against women and raise funds for women’s legal services in Sydney. Bring baked goods to sell, buy a muffin, or make a donation!

Friday 8 March 2013 Law Building 11:00-14:00

ALSA Conference (Perth) 2013 The Australian Law Students’ Association Annual Conference will be held in Perth on 9-16 July 2013. Designed around the theme of ‘Bridging Borders, Expanding Horizons’, this conference will see 600 law students from across the AsiaPacific come to Perth for a week of exciting events including:

 The National Championships for six prestigious legal competitions

 The Australian Legal Education Forums on pertinent issues in the law such as asylum seekers and refugees

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Careers events and forums Equity and cultural events Socials, and The tri-annual ALSA Council

Registration opens in March 2013. Please visit the ALSA website or Facebook group for more details.

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Global Apprenticeships Application Global Apprenticeships offer university students and graduates career and development programs abroad and online, from entrepreneurship boot camps in Shanghai to volunteer opportunities in Nepal to leaderships development classes.

The program arranges housing, visa, medical insurance, airport pick-up, orientation, on-site support and more. For more information and to apply, please go to and input the reference code: 6121.

26th Annual Career Expo The Career Expo is the place to find graduate and internship employment and is open to all UNSW students and graduates. You will have the opportunity to speak with a large number of employers recruiting from all faculties. Click here to book! Please bring your UNSW student ID card along to gain entry.

Wednesday 20 March 2013 Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park Precinct, next to the Entertainment Quarter and Fox Studios. 12:00-17:00 Free parking available for 2 hours. Shuttle buses will operate from Gate 2 and Gate 9, High St, UNSW from 11:15am, running every 10 minutes.

The Big Meet! Interested in alternative career options other than law? The Big Meet is the ultimate careers fair for undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from all disciplines.

Monday 18th March 2013 Bayside Grand Hall, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Darling Drive, Darling Harbour 12:00-16:00

Whether you’re looking for graduate employment, a new job, vacation work, a gap-year experience, voluntary work, travel, overseas opportunities or postgraduate education, the Big Meet is your opportunity to meet up to 100 of these organisations, in one day, in one location, for FREE!

Click here to register or for more information on the exhibitors, visit

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Investment Banking and Consulting Are you interested in a career in investment banking or management consulting? On Tuesday 5th March, UNSW Careers and Employment are holding the investment banking and consulting

careers evening where you will be able to meet a number of the top employers in these industries, all together, right here on campus. Click here for more information!

NSW Young Lawyers General Delegates

Want to get involved with the UNSW Law Society? Well, now you can!! Sign up for our volunteer database to get updates on all our volunteer opportunities!! It sure looks great on the CV! Get involved here!

NSW Young Lawyers will be hosting its 2013 Mid-Year Assembly on Saturday and Sunday 1-2 June 2013 at the Mantra Ettalong Beach. The Secretary is calling for nominees for the position of General Delegate.

Eligible General Delegates will be expected to attend the Mid-Year Assembly and Annual Assembly (9-10 November 2013). The cost of accommodation, food and activities will be fully funded by the organisation.

The Assembly is responsible for managing the affairs of NSW Young Lawyers and setting its policy direction. The Assembly is a great opportunity for Young Lawyers from across the NSW to come together to discuss matters affecting young lawyers present and future and to set the direction of the organisation.

Persons wishing to nominate should complete the survey here by 4pm Monday 4 March 2013. General Delegates will be appointed by the President, on advice from Office Bearers. Successful applicants will be notified in writing by Monday 18 March. Please contact Brenda at for further information.

Youth Policy Fellowship Opportunity Left Right Think-Tank’s annual policy fellowship is looking for 2013 fellows in NSW! The fellowship is a 8 month program that will provide successful applicants with extensive group training in all areas of public policy development, including professional writing, consultation and advocacy skills. Fellows will create and advocate an evidence-based

and long-term focused piece of public policy, supported by Left Right Think-Tank Policy Fellowship staff and high profile guest speakers. Applications close on Monday 4 March 2013. To apply, visit

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Volunteer with Red Earth Connections Red Earth Connections is seeking Trip Leaders to lead a school trip to remote Indigenous Australia in the June-July and September holidays. If selected, you and the school group will work on a volunteering project and immerse yourselves in the oldest culture in the world. You and another successful candidate will lead the high school

students during an 11-day trip to Cape York or Arnhem land. Red Earth covers all expenses for this leadership position. Applications close Sunday March 10, 2013. For more information see:! volunteer/c19cm.

Mission Australia Home Tutor Scheme Become a home tutor and teach English to a newly-arrived migrant or refugee in their home for one hour a week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Volunteers are needed for our Home Tutor Scheme and Enhancement Program throughout Sydney (except the northern suburbs). No formal qualifications or experience necessary, just a competent level of spoken and written English.

Attend a free tutor training course at Bankstown, the CBD or Parramatta, with sessions starting from February to June 2013. Volunteers must be willing to travel. A police check will be mandatory for all volunteers. Phone 9635 1543 or email

Volunteer Court Assistants Operating out of rooms in the Downing Centre Court Complex, solicitor Robert Nixon provides free legal assistance to those he has the resources to help. Mr Nixon needs volunteer assistants to help him provide this service in exchange for which law students, at any stage in their studies, can gain invaluable experience in hands on delivery of legal services of a litigious criminal and civil nature. To be eligible candidates much 1. have excellent fluency and comprehension in oral and written English; 2. be able to work under pressure;

3. be an extravert and problem solver who is always comfortable dealing with total strangers; 4. have access to a land line phone at home; and 5. be available to attend the office between 8:30-18:30 on the first Friday of each month and whenever there is a fifth Friday in any month. For further information and to apply please call Robert on (02) 98725766 18:30-20:00 weekdays and 9:0016:00 on weekends and public holidays. If a message is left on an answering machine, calls will only be returned to a landline number.

Passionate about Social Justice? Looking for ways to get involved? See our links to volunteer organisations on the Lawsoc website and join our Facebook page to stay updated.

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World Human Rights Moot A team of UNSW students recently achieved success in the World Human Rights Moot, held by the University of Pretoria in South Africa. The team placed fifth in the world, beating worldrenowned institutions such as Yale University. UNSW's team consisted of Guy Baldwin and Jono Stephens, who formed one of 16 teams selected worldwide (and only

one of five teams from the "Western European and Others" region), based on their written submissions, to attend the international rounds. Jono Stephens was ranked seventh best speaker in the competition. full results can be accessed at

Jessup International Congratulations to Guy Baldwin, Lyndon Goddard, Evelyn Douek, Rohit Sud and Emily Burke for making it to the Jessup International Rounds and for winning the best applicant memorial (written

submissions) and best overall memorial awards! The International Rounds will take place from 1-7 April! Please join us in wishing them the best of luck!

The Forbes Society Essay Competition The Francis Forbes Society is holding an essay competition on Australian legal history. Suggested length is 2000-4000 words and the essay can be written on any topic so long as it explores an

aspect of Australian legal history. The winner receives a $1000 cash prize and a $1000 book voucher. For more information, please visit

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2013 Executive Contact List Position




Nathan Huynh Kara Grimsley

Activities (VP)

Benjamin Heenan

Administration (VP)

Derek Lim

Australian Careers (VP)

Brian Lee

International Careers (VP)

Reyna Ge

Mooting Competitions (VP) Lyndon Goddard

Skills Competitions (VP)

Alan Coorey

Education (VP)

Cecily Zhu

Juris Doctor (VP)

Charlie Crane

Social Justice (VP)

Jacqui Fetchet


Geoffrey Zhang


Natasha Ng

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