First Years’ Welcome Event: Summary

By Lauren Solomonson


On Friday March 16th Deakin Law Students’ Society Geelong and Deakin Commerce Society Geelong hosted our first ever collaborative welcome event designed specifically for first year students. We wanted to run an event that would essentially be a crash-course from those ‘in the know’ about how to get the most out of your time at Deakin. I know myself and a few others who are now at the end of our degrees who are disappointed that we didn’t make the most of the opportunities for engagement that Deakin presented to us, for a whole range of reasons. This has driven us to try to better educate our younger cohorts, arming them with the information they need from the outset about all of the programs, resources and support networks that exist within the Deakin Business and Law Faculty.

We were fortunate to have the full support of the Business and Law Faculty behind us for this event, which meant having access to the wonderful Western Beach Room on campus, as well as Faculty involvement and support in the planning of the event. Without this commitment from Faculty, we wouldn’t have been able to have such a wonderful selection of panelists attend our event – so a sincere thank you to those involved for supporting our ideas.

The first panel we hosted was a Deakin-focused one, featuring Jean du Plessis (Deakin Law School), Stephen Williams (Deakin Business School), Nathan Schwarz (BusLaw Mentor Program), Justine Frost (Deakin Talent) and Isaac Crawley (DLSS Geelong).

The overarching theme that came from this panel was inspiring students to take ownership of their future, their careers, and at the forefront of that, their time at Deakin. ‘Saying yes’ to opportunities was greatly encouraged – whether it be applying for a First Year Representative position on a Society, or taking part in an international study tour, attending a resume writing workshop or even just attending an event that you otherwise wouldn’t have gone to, putting yourself out there and accepting new challenges is one of the greatest ways to grow your skill set.

The second panel was focused on external stakeholders that DLSS Geelong and DCS Geelong regularly engage with, featuring Sam Dipnall (Law Institute of Victoria), Jesse Rankine (Geelong Law Association), Sylvia Fryer (CPA), Julie Hope (Geelong Chamber of Commerce) and Tess Aberline (Coulter Roache).

This panel drew on the personal experiences of many of our guests, discussing their career pathways, opportunities they took (or wish they took), as well as highlighting the ways that young lawyers and business-people can start building their resumes. We touched on the importance of volunteering and applying for internships, to help students bolster their professional skills and experience different areas of their chosen profession in order to help guide them on their studying journey. We also discussed the pros and cons of working regionally in Geelong, compared to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne CBD, highlighting the more supportive, engaged and progressive culture that lots of Geelong businesses have.

The evening closed with time for students and panelists to network and ask questions of each other – We hope that all attendees found this time beneficial, by allowing students to approach panelists in less formal manner and partake in genuine conversation with speakers they found interesting.

The thing that rang truest to me, as a now final-year student, was the recommendation that whilst HD grades look fantastic on your academic record, you need to be able to conserve with your peers and your potential employers in a confident and comfortable way. This is a skill that can only be learnt through practice and by putting yourself into new and (sometimes) challenging environments. There’s no better time to start at this than the present, and I hope that this event provided our new students with their first foray into networking with business professionals.

I sincerely wish that all those who attended found this evening interesting, interactive and beneficial in providing them with insight into the many opportunities for engagement during their time at Deakin. If you have any questions about the programs discussed, please do not hesitate to email and I can point you in the right direction!


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A Year in the Life of a First Year

Blog post by James Royce

Edited by Lauren Solomonson


You’re only a First Year once: flaunt that licence to make new friends, attend events and make the most of the university lifestyle.

When I arrived at the Waterfront campus open day in 2017 I thought I had this uni thing pretty much sorted. I had my books, timetable, found my classrooms and even knew my way around DeakinSync.

All set up right?


The thing that set me up for my perfect year was signing up to the mentor program and student societies.

For me it was that old cliché ‘one thing just led to another.’

My mentor just so happened to be involved in the DLSS and encouraged me to go along to their intro night, the Unlawful Business Launch (sus out this year’s event here –!

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Image supplied by DLSS Geelong

At that event I met a heap of fellow First Years, we had a great night and when Contract Law started back on Monday the lecture hall that was mainly filled with individuals or pairs suddenly had one big cluster of students sitting together, smiling and loving life as a cohort.


DLSS Geelong are also hosting a Welcome Event for First Years on March 16th, right before Unlawful Business Launch – From 5 to 7pm on campus there’ll be a Q and A panel with representatives from Deakin Law School, the various student-run programs, Deakin Talent, as well as Geelong Chamber of Commerce, the Law Institute of Victoria’s Young Lawyers and many more!

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The Law School are also hosting an afternoon tea on March 8th, right after your first Legal Principles and Skills lecturer! There’ll be free cake, the opportunity to talk to your committee members, Deakin staff, as well as help with signing up for your DLSS Geelong membership.


So what else can you do as a Law Student in 2018?

Law Ball –  To me, dressing up + friends + a feed × unlimited drinks = An awesome night!

That’s exactly what Law Ball is. This is the biggest event held by the DLSSG and is where you get a group of friends together, get dressed to the nines and have free reign of the bar as you gracefully prepare for a night on the town.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself to those people you’ve seen in your seminars, lectures or just around campus but haven’t had the opportunity to meet properly. Speaking from personal experience, the size of our group conversation with fellow first year students doubled by the end of the night. This is an absolute must! Take a look at the photos from our 2017 Ball so you can see for yourself what a lit night it is:

First Year Rep Positions – I was lucky enough to become one of four First Year Reps on the DLSS in 2017. Through the society I met a heap of students further into their degree. These amazing people are a wealth of knowledge, experience and advice who are invaluable to have within your network.

Additionally, spots on the society, especially the executive, are highly contested in the higher years as they are valued so greatly by employers. Being a First Year Rep gives you that foot in the door to start building your resume and progress through the ranks of the society.

The application process is super easy and well worth your time. Keep an eye out for application dates on our Facebook page (Hint – they’ll be opening SOON!!!!):

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Ultimately, my advice is don’t be this kid:

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Get involved in anything and everything that catches your interest. All the best with your first year of studies, I look forward to seeing you around the campus or at our events.

To sign up to the mentor program visit

To sign up to be a DLSS Geelong member visit

How to make friends at Uni

Friends are arguably your most valuable and important resource in Law School. You may not realise it yet, but all those people sitting in your lectures will continue to be your competitors, co-workers and allegiances long after you graduate and enter the workforce. Also, you can never have enough friends – and having some friendly faces around campus will make your time at University a whole lot more fun!


So, here are some tried-and-tested top tips on how to find yourself some awesome law buddies this year:

The DLSS Geelong runs heaps of fun social events throughout the year including trivia and the much-anticipated Law Ball, where you can have a great time and meet other Deakin Law Students! The first event of the year is the Unlawful Launch; so why not come along, take your mind off the stack of readings you’re already behind on, and enjoy some cheap drinks – everyone knows drunken times together is the best kind of bonding!
Want to become even more involved? How about applying to be a First Year Rep! (More information including application procedure will be released in the coming weeks: stay tuned and keep an eye on our Facebook page!)

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If you’re lucky enough, that person might turn up to the same class again next week – and voila! You’ve got yourself a lecture buddy.

If you see someone you recognise around the campus, next to you in line for coffee, or standing around waiting for your seminar to start – why not strike up a conversation! Chances are, they’re just as nervous and keen to make friends as you are. Fool-proof conversation starters include: “are you going to Unlawful Launch?” and, “hey, how much does Contract Law make you want to cry yourself to sleep at night?”. You’ll be making friends in no time.


Study groups are a great way to keep yourself motivated and stay on-top of things, as well as have people to regularly vent to about your lecturers and assignments. If you find yourself sitting next to the same people in your seminars – why not ask them if they want to meet in the library later to study together? From personal experience, a study group will become most useful around exam time, where it’s super handy to have people to compare your practise exam answers with!

The Business & Law Student Mentor Program runs in both Trimester 1 and Trimester 2, and is a really great way to make a new friend who’s further along in their degree. They can share some valuable pearls of wisdom and help guide you through your first year of Law school, as well as answer any questions you might have! Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about uni (which I assure you, no-one does), it can be great just to have someone to catch up and check-in with once a week for a chat!
Find the Business & Law Student Mentor Program on Facebook for more information:

The carpark is the one exception to everything I have previously said. It’s a tough world out there and if you’re going to steal yourself a car spot at 9am it’s every man (/woman) for themselves.
Good-luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!


A student’s perspective: Attending the Deakin Law School’s ‘Learning from Recent Terror Attacks’ conference

Learning from Recent Terror Attacks

Blog post by Brody Wons, Officer of Education

“The solution to terrorism is education not bombs” – Greg Mortenson.

On the 1st of December, I had the pleasure of attending Deakin’s “Learning from Recent Terrorist attacks: How to counter terror for a secure society” conference at Deakin downtown.

Conference chair, Professor Sandeep Gopalan commenced the conference, welcoming everyone and outlining the benefit of bringing together both domestic and international experts from a variety of fields to discuss the ways in which Australia has responded to terrorism and lessons which can be learned from comparisons to responses to attacks in other countries.

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The conferences first speaker, Dr Ali Khadem of Deakin Law School, spoke about the use of a doctrinal framework for differentiating extremist movements. Dr Khadem’s speech was followed by a speech given by Professor James Forrest of the University of Massachusetts, who contented that no further legal reform is necessary. Instead he argued that the focus should be shifted to nominal and behavioural patterns with the goal of creating greater resilience within communities. The third speaker, former senior Obama Counterterrorism official at U.S. DHS & U.S. Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, Nate Snyder, spoke about the changing paradigm of violent extremism and how it can be mitigated.

After a short morning tea break, Ms Maria Panos and Mr Michael Sullivan of Norton Rose Fulbright gave a detailed presentation on the Lindt Café Incident and the lessons which can be learnt from it.

Over the lunchtime break keynote speaker and renowned investigative journalist Michele McPhee gave a thorough overview of the Boston Marathon attack, which formed the basis of her recently published book “Maximum harm, The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing. The major take away from Ms McPhee’s speech was the importance of institutional integrity and transparency.

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Photos via Deakin Law School

The conference then provided an insight into the US experience, with David Sterman of the New America Foundation, Eric Rosand of the Prevention project and Brian Nussbaum of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the University of Albany, providing an extensive analysis of America’s efforts to combat terrorism in the past and present, while also providing an insight into the future.

After a short afternoon tea break the conference continued with Dr Shiri Krebs of Deakin Law School giving an insightful analysis of “intelligence as evidence and risk assessment in targeted-killing”. Dr Krebs speech was followed by Dr Anna Brennan of the University of Liverpool, who provided insights into combating terrorism under International Law. This was followed by Dr Lindsey Bell of Royal Holloway University of London who gave overview of “The Prevent Duty” policy and how it has been implemented in universities in the UK.

The final panel of the day, saw Rebecca Zimmerman of the RAND Corporation give a presentation providing an analysis on “Improving monitoring and the Evaluation of Security Cooperation Programs”. This was followed by Zoe Marchment of the University College London who provided insights into the spatial decision making of terrorist actors. The final speaker of the conference was professor Martin Innes of Cardiff University who provided insights into how we can learn more effectively from terrorist attacks and the role of social media in this process.

Overall, the conference provided attendees with an extremely detailed overview of terrorism and how to counter terror from multiple perspectives. However, the conference did not just provide the latest detailed insights into a particular area of the law, but also provide a plethora of opportunities to network and connect with professionals in the industry. Furthermore, conferences provide a guilt free break from studying. Better still, most conferences run by Deakin Law school are completely free for students to attend.

For more information on future Deakin Law School events, please visit:


Treasurer: A Year in Review

Blog post by Emily Davis
Information provided by Stephanie Cullia

With our Annual General Meeting fast approaching, this blog post will tell you everything you need to know about the important role of Treasurer as part of the Executive portfolio and all the fantastic work they’ve done this year!


DLSS Geelong Treasurer: Stephanie Cullia

What is the role of the Treasurer?

The role of the treasurer is to make all the financial decisions for the society. The treasurer keeps all the financial records and helps all the portfolios put together budgets for their events. The treasurer also works with the Equity Portfolio to get sponsors for the society. It’s a great way to get involved in all areas of the society.

Why did you apply for this role?

I applied for this role as I have studied commerce and am very interested in accounting and financial management. It is great to get to see how a law and commerce degree works together in practice. I also love that I get to be involved in all areas of the society and work with all the portfolios to bring their events and ideas to life.

What has the Executive portfolio achieved in 2017?

This year we really focused on growing and expanding the society. We got more sponsors than we have ever had previously which is a great achievement for the society. The more sponsors has also meant more access to law firms and companies that our members can network with. We have also held more events this year in our careers and education portfolios as well as selling more merchandise than previous years.


If working in the committee with the Executive portfolio sounds like something you’d be interested in, come along to our AGM this Wednesday the 27th to find out more about how you can get involved in 2018! Click on the below link for more information:

See you there!


Careers Portfolio: A Year in Review

Blog post by Emily Davis and Lauren Solomonson

Portfolio information provided by Michael Biggs and Tayla Cooper


Following on from our review of the marvelous work done by some of our portfolios of the DLSS Geelong, we now bring you a summary of the Careers Portfolio! Why does this matter? Because we want you to be informed when you come along to our Annual General Meeting on September 27, and/or when you apply for a position on the committee for 2018 🙂 No pressure, just… you should join!!!!


Portfolio Members:

Michael Biggs – VP

Tayla Cooper – Officer

Mahima Bhandari – Officer

Luke Pinjuh – Officer


What is the role of the Careers Portfolio?

The role of the careers portfolio is to liaise with professional organisations in the legal field in order to create events where students are able to network with legal professionals. We hope to give students an insight into the legal profession, as well as pathways to reach various roles in the legal world.

Why should other people apply for this Portfolio?

The careers portfolio offers students a chance to assist in the organising and running of networking events, help fellow students gain networking experience, and to understand more about the legal world. They will have the opportunity to think of new ways to benefit students in getting the most out of their studies and gain knowledge about the legal field in preparation for graduation, while also learning themselves. Another incentive to be a part of the Careers portfolio is to gain experience in contacting and liaising with firms, as this will prove to be an invaluable skill for any student as they commence their legal career. The portfolio has a wide breadth and offers the future Vice President and Officers great scope to bring their own vision and ambition to the role.

What has the Functions Portfolio achieved in 2017?

This year the careers team focused on helping students in their Clerkship process. This began by holding the Annual Careers Dinner which was a great success and was the largest that we have ever hosted. The event was complimented by an amazing array of speakers including Deakin Geelong alumni former DLSS President, Diana Taylor, and the current LIV Young Lawyers President, Phoebe Blank.

We also introduced a number of new events including our Clerkship Workshop, with presenters from DeakinTALENT, Coulter Roache and the TAC which saw an impressive turnout with over sixty people attending. The Clerkship Workshop was complimented by the return of our Careers Guide which was larger and included material from more firms and legal organisations than ever before.

We also introduced our inaugural Harwood Andrews Women in Law Luncheon which included a host of prominent speakers including Coulter Roache’s first ever female principle Anne O’Loughlin and Georgina Downer of the Institute of Public Affairs. To close out the year we still have our upcoming PLT Information Session with speakers from both Leo Cussen Centre for Law and College of Law. We have also worked with the Victorian Women Lawyers to organise and host their upcoming Mental Health in Law event which will no doubt be a success as well.

Finally, alongside the Vice President of Equity and Opportunities we worked to increase the sponsorship for the society for coming years from a wide array of firms and legal organisations.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Hopefully this has given you some insight into the work that the Functions Portfolio has done on the behalf of Deakin Geelong Law students! Come along to the AGM to find out more about positions available and meet our current team!


Secretary: A Year in Review

Blog post by Lauren Oloughlin
Information provided by Belinda Le

As part of the Executive, the Secretary has a very important role in the committee. This blog post will tell you all about this role and what the Secretary has been up to this year!

DLSS Geelong Secretary: Belinda Le

What is the role of this portfolio?

As the Secretary, I have been responsible for maintaining the administrative upkeep of the DLSS Geelong. In particular, I have been required to ensure that all documentation and records are maintained consistently and are in compliance with the law. I have also been responsible for recording detailed and concise minutes of all board meetings and general meetings, as well as ensuring that the DLSS Geelong is in compliance with the By-Laws, Constitution and other applicable legislation in place.

Aside from preserving the administrative upkeep of the DLSS Geelong, I have also been required to maintain constant communication with all Committee Members in order to ensure that each Portfolio is effectively working towards providing ongoing advocacy and peer support to all students throughout their degree.

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Why should other people apply for this portfolio?

The main reason as to why I applied for the role of Secretary was mainly to challenge myself and allow for me to really step out of my comfort zone. Being the Secretary requires me to be in continuous contact with all Committee Members and has thus, provided me with an excellent opportunity to both work with and get to know my fellow Committee Members on a far more profound level. I feel that my position has pushed me to constantly be accountable for my work on the Committee and has also allowed me to not only develop my interpersonal skills, but to increase my level of confidence in ways unimaginable.

All in all, I really wanted to apply for a position which would require me to be proactive and organised and in addition, would allow for me to contribute to the DLSS Geelong in a positive and substantial manner.

If you’re looking to apply for a position which will not only motivate you, but will keep you on your toes, then the role of Secretary is the way to go!

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What has the Secretary achieved in 2017?

I feel like the role of Secretary has allowed for me to accomplish a number of personal achievements.

First and foremost, I have been able to foster and develop a number of skills during my time as the Secretary of the DLSS Geelong. In particular, I have been able to develop my administrative skills, organisational skills, time management skills and interpersonal skills which are invaluable, as well as extremely transferrable in the workforce.

I have also been successful in ensuring that the DLSS Geelong’s operation is in regular compliance with the Constitution and By-Laws in place. In addition, I have ensured that all documentation and records are consistently maintained and accessible to all Committee Members and other stakeholders. Further to this, I have been able to regularly record comprehensive minutes from all board meetings and general meetings held throughout the year and have ensured their timely distribution and publication.

In working with a Committee comprising of 32 individuals, I have also played a role in assisting with the resolution of any societal issues and in effectively communicating with all concerned parties in order to ensure that a swift and appropriate resolution is reached.

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Sound like something you’d be interested in? Hopefully this has given you some insight into the work that the Secretary has done on the behalf of Deakin Geelong Law students! Come along to the AGM to find out more about positions available and meet our current team!

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Today is R U OK Day!

Blog post by Will Hardiman

You’ve got what it takes to ask!

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Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it!

By inspiring people to take the time to ask ‘R U OK?’ , we can help people struggling with life get back to doing what they do best. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. Asking “R U OK?” is a great place to start.

How to ask?

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.

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This easy to follow action plan, is a fantastic starting point for those worried about a friend or family member, in going about asking ‘R U OK?’.

What happens if you’re not okay?

It is important to remember that you’re never alone! Many of us are lucky enough to have a network of family and friends that are only too happy to help us when things aren’t going quite to plan. Additionally, we’re lucky at Deakin, to have a wealth of resources, from counselling, to online resources, designed to help students manage their work, study, and social commitments, and ensure they are conscious of their personal wellbeing.

Conversations need to happen every day. For more information, and to help more people spread the word in your school, workplace or community, simply visit

*Many thanks for the tips & hints, provided by the team at ‘’


Education, Social Justice, and Wellbeing Portfolio: A Year in Review

Blog post by Lauren Oloughlin

Portfolio information provided by Will Hardiman

2017 has been a very busy year for DLSS Geelong with all of the portfolios putting in a massive effort! The Education, Social Justice and Wellbeing Portfolio has also had a very successful 2017, pioneering some new events and engaging and helping law students in many different ways throughout the year.

Portfolio Members:

William Hardiman – VP

Isaac Crawley – Officer

Hugo Le Clerc – Officer

What is the role of this portfolio?

The Education, Social Justice and Wellbeing Portfolio, is devoted to further engaging students with their studies, and integrating students into the wider community outside of the four walls of the classroom.

There are no real parameters that are to be observed, enabling members of the Education, Social Justice and Wellbeing Portfolio to forge a path, and create their own focal point in any given year.

In 2017, the team aimed to achieve its goals and objectives, through promoting a range of activities which look to minimise the worry, and struggles that are commonly faced by students undertaking the study of Law. In saying this, while it was important to ensure that each and every member of the student cohort was getting the most out of the experience at Deakin University, we wanted to empower students to encourage, and support not only their peers, but those throughout the Greater Geelong Community.


Why should other people apply for this portfolio?

If you, like me, are interested in making a mark on both the student cohort and wider community, the Education, Social Justice, and Wellbeing Portfolio is the perfect way to make a difference with the Deakin Law Students’ Society!

The opportunity to engage, and interact with other students starting out in their study of law, and to see their growth, and development as they progress in their law journey, is why my time on the society has been such a memorable chapter of my university experience.

The relationships, and the bonds, that we as a team have forged in our work within the cohort, and the wider community, is validation as to why the Education, Social Justice, and Wellbeing Portfolio is advocated for prospective committee members of the society, looking to not only serve, and empower others, but better themselves in the process.

What has the Education, Social Justice, and Wellbeing Portfolio achieved in 2017?

In what has been an exciting year for the Education, Social Justice, and Wellbeing, the Deakin Law Student’s Society have continued to think of new and exciting ways to meet the demands, and expectations of its members.

Kicking things off, a team of students headed down to the pristine Western Beach, to take part in ‘Clean Up Australia Day’, in conjunction with the ‘Rotary Club’.


This was followed up soon after, with a first year ‘Q and A panel’, chaired by officer Isaac Crawley. This aimed to address any burning questions that the ‘freshers’ had with respect to their studies, in assisting their transition into university life. This provided students with a fantastic opportunity to meet other students ranging from first to final year, and the ‘tips and hints’ which have helped them to survive law school!

Officer Isaac Crawley, in conjunction with Marketing’s Lauren Solomonson, then combined in delivering students the opportunity to participate in both ‘F 45’, and ‘Yoga’ classes, in line with our focus on ‘student wellbeing’. This was a major hit amongst students, and their family and friends, and certainly left a few of us feeling sore and sorry for ourselves after a couple of solid workouts!

However, the Education, Social Justice, and Wellbeing portfolios marquee function for the year, came in a two part ‘Legal Research Workshop’, which aimed to help equip students with some of the practical research skills that will assist them in the industry. We were privileged to have on board Law Librarian’s, Michelle Bendall, and Helen Wood to further assist in developing the skills that students had acquired throughout their degrees.

Finally, we endeavour to finish the year off with a focus on mental health and wellbeing. So stay tuned for further announcements on upcoming activities later in the semester!


Sound like something you’d be interested in? Hopefully this has given you some insight into the work that the Education, Social Justice, and Wellbeing Portfolio has done on the behalf of Deakin Geelong Law students! Come along to the AGM to find out more about positions available and meet our current team!

Competitions Portfolio: A Year in Review

Blog post by Lauren Solomonson

Portfolio information provided by Bec Griffiths

With the DLSS Geelong Annual General Meeting coming up soon, we are going to be reviewing the work of each portfolio and what they’ve accomplished in 2017! This way, when you attend the AGM, you’ll have a great idea of the work we have done and it might even inspire you to apply to be on the committee in 2018 😉


Portfolio members:

Bec Griffiths – VP

Luke Kavanagh – Officer

Kyle Baker – Officer

Lauren Fowkes – Officer (Tri 1)

Emma Genovese – Officer (Tri 2)


What is the role of the Competitions Portfolio?

The competitions portfolio is responsible for organising and running heats for the eight competitions that the DLSS Geelong offer. These are the moot (junior and senior), deals (junior and senior), mediation, witness examination, client interview and mergers and acquisitions.

There are a number of elements to organising these heats. The work involves organising judges and actors for heats, receiving registrations, coordinating competitor and judge availability, running and supervising heats, as well as attending finals hosted in Melbourne.

The portfolio is also responsible for organising the junior negation competition, which, unlike the others, is Geelong based. This involves sourcing heat and final questions and booking and coordinating the final event.

There is also a myriad of other opportunities in this portfolio. It is open to the portfolio to look at developing and trailing new competitions, as well as creating competitions resources and hosting information sessions.


Why should other people apply for this Portfolio?

I (Bec) applied for this portfolio as I had competed a little bit in the past and was intrigued by the process. For those who are interested in competing in future years, I would strongly recommend working a year in this portfolio first. Through your involvement with every single competition, you will hear the judge’s feedback and learn new tips and tricks from other competitors.

Another benefit of being involved with this portfolio is the opportunity to liaise with industry professionals and academics when sourcing questions and organising judges. Most of the competitions are sponsored by firms such as Harwood Andrews and Clayton Utz, and in many instances finals will be hosted at the firms.

Anyone applying for this portfolio should be mindful of time commitment required. Heats run for anywhere between half an hour to an hour and there are multiple heats in a week that will need to be supervised. Additional administrative work is also very time consuming.

Despite this, the workload is very easily shared among the team.

What your portfolio achieved this year:

Outside of running heats, this year the competitions portfolio has focused on laying the foundation for some new offerings that will come into place next year. Competitors can expect a new competitions guide for 2018, as well as a new competition which will be accessible to off-campus students!

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Sound like something you’d be interested in? Hopefully this has given you some insight into the work that the Competitions Portfolio has done on the behalf of Deakin Geelong Law students! Come along to the AGM to find out more about positions available and meet our current team!