Hi there! My name is Jesse and I am honoured to lead the UNLSA as President in 2021. This year, I'm looking forward to maximising engagement with both our members and stakeholders. I am excited for the new partnerships and initiatives we have planned this year, to help maximise the law school experience at UoN, and provide our members with as many opportunities as we can!
Vice President (Competitions)
I am currently in my fifth year of Law School and am keen to jump into our next year of competitions, especially after the tumultuous 2020 we have had. These competitions will be a great way to meet new people and learn new skills as well as to boost your resume.
One of my goals for 2021 is to increase student participation in these events. To achieve this, I am actively working with Directors of Skills and Advocacy as well as other members of the UNLSA to organise both, traditional Law School competitions as well as new and exciting opportunities for our members.
If you have any concerns, questions or new proposals, please feel free to contact me! I can be contacted by email and phone and am always open to fresh suggestions.
Vice President (Education)
I am a fourth year law student and cannot wait to kick off the 2021 Education Portfolio Program! I highly value the integral connections I have made within the society, university and with local professionals and want to continue this high standard for future students. Danial and Tahlia are the ears of your concerns this year, as our JD and LLB Student Representatives, they are available to guide you in the right direction - they can be found at the UNLSA fortnightly coffee stall or via email!
In the meantime, I can be caught most of the time on the luxurious orange chair on Level 8 (as it's my favourite spot in NUSpace), or via email or phone! Feel free to contact me to express concerns or propose ideas, looking forward to it!
Vice President (Events)
Hi everyone! My name is Tomika Hillebrand and I am the Vice President of Events for the UNLSA for 2021. I'm really lucky because a big part of my role entails working within a team of really awesome individuals. I oversee the execution of incredible events like the Interfaculty Sports Day and Start of Semester Drinks that are a great way to get to know new people and make a few friends along the way. I am also responsible for a few bigger events the UNLSA is known for like Law Ball and Valedictory Dinner!
As we move further away from the pandemic year of 2020 and move closer to a social life that resembles one preceding Covid-19, I want to make the events for this year as welcoming and enjoyable as possible. With a flair for extravagance and the extraordinary, I can assure you that your events are safe with me.
Vice President (Finance)
Welcome! I am responsible for the handling and allocation of the UNLSA’s funds. This involves organising our budget, handling day to day financial transactions, and ensuring that the UNLSA is viable through rigorous financial advice.
Vice President (Marketing)
Hi! I’m a fourth year law student who just graduated Communications, majoring in Journalism. I’m excited to coordinate all of the UNLSA’s marketing this year alongside my social media director, Isabella Hudson. I love creating engaging content across social media platforms, and hope to encourage more people to join the UNLSA for events and competitions.
When I’m at NUspace you can generally find me having a coffee on the ground floor. Don’t hesitate to come have a chat!
Vice President (Sponsorship)
As Vice President (Sponsorship) for 2021, I will be the point of contact for the UNLSA’s external correspondence regarding careers and sponsorship. Throughout this year, I intend to foster strong relationships with the legal community and uphold the reputation of UNLSA to ensure our students have positive experiences during Law School and are able to grasp the best employment opportunities when they graduate.
Director of Local Sponsorship
Harrison Thomas is in the penultimate year of his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Diploma of Legal Practice, and is excited to contribute to the UNLSA in 2021 through his role as the Director of Local Sponsorship. Through this role, Harrison hopes to both better connect, and strengthen the relationship between, the UNLSA, the University, and the local legal community in Newcastle by engaging legal students and professionals alike.
Isabella Meade & Hollie Hughes
Directors of Careers
Hi everyone! We are your Co-Directors for Careers for 2021 and are extremely excited for our second year in this role and for all of the great events we have coming up.
Due to COVID-19 many of the events we had planned for last year had to be cancelled but we are more than ready to pick up the pace this year and ensure the success of our events.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions as we are always happy to have a chat!
Jonty Donald & Sarah Otton
Directors of Competitions (Advocacy)
Hi! We are the Directors of Competitions (Advocacy) for 2021. It is our role to run the Senior and Junior Mooting Competitions and the Witness Examination competition. We both have plenty of experience in these competitions so please feel free to ask us any questions you may have!
Lindsay Thomson & Michael Henson
Directors of Competitions (Skills)
We’re Lindsay and Michael, your Directors of Competitions (Skills) for 2021! We are both 4th year law students, eager to increase participation in the Competitions portfolio throughout 2021 as we return to some normality post the chaos of 2020. We both have keen interest in pursuing commercial law once we graduate.
Competitions are a great way to get involved, gain skills you’ll need in your future careers and meet new people including practising lawyers and other students! Further, getting involved is a great way to boost your resume! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries!
Director of Social Events
I am a fourth-year and my previous degree was a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication. I am the Director of Social Events for the UNLSA and I'm super excited to organise a bunch of fun events for everyone!
Director of Social Justice
Hi! As Director of Social Justice, I will host the Social Justice Forum, and coordinate the Women in Law Breakfast. I am passionate about mental health and increasing the accessibility of law to disadvantaged people in our community.
Director of Social Media
I’m Lachlan Horvath, the Director of Social Media. With social media now the norm for communication, I aim to effectively liaise with past, present, and future law students in a way that appeals to all, specifically surrounding upcoming events, law school tips, and other initiatives run by the UNLSA and law school.
Director of Sport and Recreation
My name is Dafydd Wall and I am the Director of Sport and Recreation for the UNLSA in 2021. I have been a member of the UNLSA since beginning my degree in 2018, and have been an avid participant in UNLSA sport and social events over my time here at the University of Newcastle including the interfaculty sports days, Law v Med Rugby Game and Start of Semester Drinks.
Apart from spending my time studying away in the NuSpace Library, I enjoy being an active part of the University and Newcastle Community where I am a member of the University of Newcastle Rugby Union Club and a Volunteer Surf Life Saver and Surf Boat Rower with the Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club.
I am always available and keen on having a chat and answer any questions regarding Uni, UNLSA Sport and Uni Sport over a cold beer or in the corridors of the University.
See you on the Sporting Field!
Director of Student Relations (JD)
Hi my names Danial,
I’m a second year JD student and am excited to undertake my role as Director of Student Relations (JD) - my first position on the UNLSA. I am very passionate about increasing involvement with postgraduate and undergraduate law students as well as being a voice for the students at the Newcastle law school. I am very friendly and if you ever see my recognisable face around campus, make sure to say hey!
Indigenous Student Representative
Gingagali, jingeewalla! Malla Phoebe McIlwraith.I am a proud Bundjalung and Worimi Saltwater woman, belonging to the Webb/Williams families in Casino and the Ping/Russell families in Karuah. I’m also a recent Business graduate, Ma and Morley Scholar and 4th year Law student.Through my role I aim to empower Indigenous knowledges and perspectives and facilitate opportunities for awareness building amongst our non-Indigenous cohort, such as the Indigenous Insights Forum.During semester I can be found at NuSpace, Newcastle Beach, Wollotuka and all the coffee shops in between so I’m always keen for a yarn wherever suits best.
International Student Representative
The saying “when in Rome” might not be applicable for some now, however there are multiple ways that we can still engage with our Australian peers! I will focus on strategies for the inclusion of the international body. Look forward to a wholesome breakfast event, and your voices being heard!
Director of Competitions (Intervarsity)
Hi everyone! As Director of Competitions (Intervarsity), I am excited to combine my passion and knowledge to assist other students in getting involved with prestigious intervarsity competitions. I am a penultimate year law student with a wealth of experience in intervarsity competitions, particularly those in alternative dispute resolution space. I truly believe that competitions are one of the most valuable learning opportunities offered at law school, and I am feeling positive about the wide range of amazing intervarsity opportunities we have for Semester 2, 2021!
This is a new UNLSA role, so I welcome any questions, suggestions and requests to my direct email – email@example.com . Similarly, my inbox is open if you need any type of support or assistance regarding an intervarsity comp!
Law Revue Convenor
Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Devine, and I am the Law Revue Convenor for 2021. I am a first year LLB student and I am so excited to put together a fun and creative show this year! My role is to oversee the production and make sure that everything runs smoothly. I am so excited to participate in and produce my first Law Revue and I can’t wait to bring out the creative side of so many of my peers.
This year I want to put on a show that is strong and joyful after last year’s revue being cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, and bring back the magic of pre-2020 theatre. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or want to get involved either on-stage or off!