Cabinet

The UNSW Law Society Cabinet is a student elected group who oversee the day-to-day operations of the Law Society. Led by the Presidents, Stephanie and Khushaal, the team consists of 9 Vice-Presidents: Activities, Administration,Education, International, Juris Doctor, Mooting, Private Law Careers, Public Interest Careers, Skills, Social Justice, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
Check out each Cabinet members profile below for more information on the exciting initiatives you can get involved in!

Eloise Kneebone

Eloise Kneebone

Vice-President (Activities)

"The Activities Portfolio is responsible for organising social events for students. From events such as the decadent annual Law Ball to smaller, more casual events such as social sports competitions, weekly coffee sessions and LawPLUS mentoring, the Activities Portfolio aims to cater for every student in UNSW Law Society.
For more information about how to get involved, email Eloise at activities@unswlawsoc.org

Dylan Hopcroft

Dylan Hopcroft

Vice-President (Administration)

The Administration Portfolio is responsible for the internal functioning of the Law Society. The portfolio manages the website, social media posts, the professional image of the society, merchandise and on campus discounts. We publish newsworthy information through the weekly Brief, and the UNSW Lawsoc Blog. To find out more about the Administration Portfolio, e-mail Dylan at administration@unswlawsoc.org

William Vu

William Vu

Vice-President (Education)

The Education portfolio informs, enriches and supports the academic and professional side of student life. The portfolio does this through a range of publications (including the annual Lawkipedia book given to incoming students), workshops and initiatives. By supporting in the four areas of wellbeing, mentoring (after 1st year), academic and professional development, the portfolio’s initiatives complement the work of the Faculty to help students make the most of their Law degree at UNSW.
If you have any suggestions, concerns or simply want to get involved with this portfolio, drop a line to William at education@unswlawsoc.org

Major Zhang

Major Zhang

Vice-President (Mooting)

"The Mooting portfolio is focused on helping you develop skills that are vital to a legal career through the best way possible - by practice.

What is mooting?
In mooting, you act as a barrister presenting a case in court before a panel of judges, based on a fictional factual scenario. Your aim is to persuade the judges using legal arguments and to clarify any questions that they may have.

How does it help me?
Mooting provides one of the best (and only) environments to practice the application of the law to a range of different situations, complementing the content that you learn in your courses. Each competition round allows you to practice legal research, familiarise yourself with making and structuring arguments and get comfortable with advocacy in a court setting. We also run a series of workshops to help you get started and provide feedback after each competition round.

What are the available competitions?
We primarily run 3 internal competitions at a Beginner, Intermediate and Senior level. However, there are also many external opportunities for mooting, both domestic and international."

William Yang

William Yang

Vice-President (International)

The International Portfolio aims to promote international career opportunities among UNSW law students and help international students to be more engaged in Uni. For international career, we run the amazing Hong Kong Law Fair every year and organise events and competition to equip our members with essential skills and knowledges for international career. For International students, we have various activities such as the Outreach program, International welcome, International competition and so on. We also have our tailored social medial platforms for international students. If you have any questions of queries about the international portfolio, do not hesitate to email international@unswlawsoc.org

Tim Edstein

Tim Edstein

Vice-President (Juris Doctor)

"The JD portfolio aims to bring social, educational, careers and mentoring events that are specifically catered to JD students. Our portfolio takes into consideration the demands of being a JD given most are working part time and all have a previous degree under their belt.

As the JD degree is substantially shorter than LLB in length, first year could be particularly stressful as we are getting thrown in the ‘deep end’ of things. This is why we run JD-specific social events and competitions in order to allow JDs an opportunity to interact with students who come from a similar background. "
To find out more about JD initiatives, email Tim at jd@unswlawsoc.org

Anthony Fong

Anthony Fong

Vice-President (Private Law Careers)

The PLC portfolio is under the ‘careers’ umbrella but with a specific focus on the private sector side. Whilst primarily aimed towards penultimate year students (but not limited to), the portfolio strives to both inform and prepare students for a potential career in the private sector. We hold numerous events in conjunction with firms to communicate the vast opportunities as well as holding practical skills workshops to prepare for the application process. Some major calendar events that we hold are Careers Fair, Clerkship Cocktail Evening and the Firm Presentation Series.

Nikita Harlalka

Nikita Harlalka

Vice-President (Public Interest Careers)

The Public Interest Portfolio focuses on non-corporate career opportunities, while promoting careers that drive social change. The portfolio informs and supports students at all stages of their degree through holistic career guides, panel interviews, and networking evenings. These provide students with an understanding of the various career opportunities available, enabling them to make an informed decision. This portfolio exemplifies the versatility of a law degree to students, with career opportunities ranging from working in the government, criminal law, Indigenous law, human rights law, or the UN. We also run networking opportunities to connect students to those working in public interest area.
For more information about the initiatives from the Public Interest Careers portfolio, email Nikita at publicinterestcareers@unswlawsoc.org

Chris Yuan

Chris Yuan

Vice-President (Skills)

The Skills Portfolio primarily organises legal skills competitions throughout the year so that you can develop and refine skills which are practical and transferable for any career path. These competitions are Negotiations, Client Interviewing, and Witness Examination.

To assist students in developing these skills, workshops and demonstrations will be held before competitions commence. Most excitingly, competitions cater towards a variety of skill sets, for a broad range of competition experience, to ensure that any student will find a context that furthers their professional development.

There are also opportunities to represent UNSW at national and international competitions.
To find out about the competitions which the Skills Portfolio will be running in 2017, email Chris at skills@unswlawsoc.org

Stephanie Guo

Vice-President (Social Justice)

"The Social Justice portfolio seeks to represent students from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds, and delivers a range of events, publications and volunteer opportunities each year. The aim of the Social Justice portfolio is to champion the rights of marginalised voices in a fun, engaging and inclusive way. In doing so, the portfolio addresses a range of issues, primarily focusing on women’s, indigenous, LGBTQI+ and ethnocultural issues however the Portfolio is always looking for feedback on how we can better serve our student population.

To get in touch find out more about the Social Justice portfolio, submit feedback on what we do or if you’re looking for help, please contact Stephanie at any time at socialjustice@unswlawsoc.org."

Henry Robinson

Henry Robinson

Secretary

"The Secretary is responsible for the Law Society‘s governance and administration. The Secretary is also the first port of contact for the Society and the primary liaision with the Law Faculty, Arc and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (’ACNC’).

Throughout the year, the Secretary manages meetings and facilitates the smooth-running of both the Cabinet and the Society more broadly. He or she also fulfills the reporting requirements of Arc and the ACNC and ensures the Society abides by its Consitutional and external requirements.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at secretary@unswlawsoc.org."

Patrick O’Connell

Patrick O’Connell

Treasurer

The Treasury is responsible for arranging the Society’s finances and ensuring we are able to fund all of our events. The Treasurer works closely with the Presidents at the start of the year to budget our money and keeps the other portfolios in check regarding their spending throughout the year. Additionally, as LawSoc is an ACNC registered charity, the Treasurer produces our financial reports and liaises with our accountants and external organisations to ensure we are meeting our obligations.
Contact Patrick at treasurer@unswlawsoc.org