Kia Ora everyone and welcome to AULSS.
My name is Lina Kim and I am your President for 2019.
Since 1971, Auckland University Law Students' Society has been an organisation led by students for students. Each year, we have an executive group of 14 elected students who represent law students. Through the different portfolios, our executive provides social & sporting events, wellness events, competitions and educational workshops.
AULSS also plays an important advocacy role as a voting member of the New Zealand Law Student’s Association. We maintain a working relationship with the Faculty of Law and have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Auckland University Students Association.
Our key goal for 2019 is to focus on an open, friendly and inclusive culture for all law students. Whether you’re a new Part II or a fifth year/senior we want to create opportunities and experiences that will enrich your time at Law School. This year we‘re also looking forward to working more closely with our cultural and equity groups to celebrate the cultural diversity our community offers.
A law degree is no mean feat and it’s the people and the support network that makes the difference. Through AULSS we hope you meet and connect with the people who will support you along the journey; whether that means friends, lecturers and/or future employers.
2019 is looking like a fantastic year. So get involved as much as you can, try out new competitions, meet new people and come to our barbecues & sports events!
Thanks for being part of the 2019 AULSS journey. Looking forward to seeing you around.
Administrative Vice President
Kia Ora everyone!
My name is Ashleigh Jonkers and I am very excited to be your Administration Vice President for AULSS for 2019! I am heading into my fourth year of law and commerce this year.
I would like to focus this year on creating a community atmosphere in the law school, where there is something for everyone to get involved in and also feel represented and supported.
My role involves a lot of behind the scenes admin and helping out Lina (President) along with the other portfolios. The key things that I am in charge of organising this year are Part II Law Camp and the Law Ball, which are both events that I am really looking forward to!
I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for everyone, and to meet you all. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, feel free to approach me, you’re likely to find me attempting (lol) to study in the Dave.
Education Vice Presidents
Yvonne Rothwell & Jodie Llewellyn
Hey everyone! We’re Jodie and Yvonne and we are really excited to be your EVPs for 2019. We are your reliable and conscientious advocates on all education, wellbeing and careers matters.
Alongside the responsibilities in our portfolio, it is really important to both of us that students feel they can approach us about anything, whether it be a general chat or a more serious issue. We are passionate about this law school and the talented and wonderful people that exist within it. Law school isn’t an easy road so if we can lighten the load even slightly, we consider that a big win.
Specifically, we want to foster inclusivity at law school. We believe isolation is a huge contributor of poor wellbeing, often with regards to a lack of belonging students feel because of their interests and aspirations for a future career. Inclusivity is a word that is often thrown around, but to us, it means every student feeling comfortable at law school and in an environment where they can succeed. With this in mind, we have some pretty exciting plans for 2019.
Please come have a chat sometime or send us an email if there is anything we can help you with or if you have any suggestions. We would love to hear from you!
Kia ora Everyone,
My name is Adriana Bird, and I am stoked to be your 2019 AULSS Secretary.
Three (kinda random) things to know about me:
1. I’m always down for a yarn,
2. I talk really fast when I’m excited, and
3. If I’m not at law school, you’ll find me at the beach.
Throughout my law degree so far, AULSS has been a wicked source of information, support, fun, and community for me. It has provided some seriously good times over the years and has helped me overcome the bad. I feel that a sense of community is vital at university and beyond, and strive to deliver this to all of you.
My role mainly involves a lot of behind-the-scenes admin as well as keeping you guys in the loop on major AULSS decisions. This year I also hope to run a few more initiatives through AULSS, that aren’t covered by the usual events. In particular, myself and the Exec are putting a large focus on sustainability. From making our own events more waste-free to introducing new ones that provoke awareness and action.
If you have any initiatives that you believe AULSS should introduce or any queries (or if you just want to have a yarn) don’t hesitate to message me on Facebook or email me on email@example.com.
Looking forward to meeting you all! Have an incredible year!
Sandy Guo & Tan Dosanjh
Hey everyone, we’re Tan and Sandy and we are your Treasurers for 2019! We are both third year commerce conjoints and as treasurers, we manage all the accounts and make sure we have enough money for all events!
We aim to run events economically so that all students can participate and aren’t excluded due to financial reasons. Also as treasurers, we are involved with all portfolios and see this as an opportunity to view the organisation collectively and find ways to enhance the running of events.
We are always happy to have a chat and assist with anything money-related (or law/commerce for that matter)! You’ll usually be able to hear Sandy before you see her and by luck see Tan wandering around once in a blue moon.
P.S. for those who don’t pay on time, expect us to be sliding into your DMs x
Alex Hartopeanu & Bailey Atkinson
Our names are Alex (Lek) and Bailey (Ley), and we are the AULSS Social Officer for 2019. It is our responsibility to provide you all with A1 level social events so that you can mingle with your fellow student and escape the pressures that can sometimes come with studying. Our aim is to curate events that appeal to everyone.
We want you all to be involved and have taken it upon ourselves to handle this seemingly gargantuan task. Fear not though, we are well equipped.
We welcome any feedback and suggestions so feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we're pretty friendly blokes so don't be afraid to come over for a yarn if you see us out and about. After all, we are supposed to be sociable people, hence the job title.
Anticipatory farewells, Steve and Dave
Ben Stewart & Hayden Struthers
We’re Ben and Hayden, and we are your Sports Officers for 2018/19.
We’re responsible for organising the traditional Log Of Wood fixture in Hamilton, and rounding up the Law Lions for interfaculty sport. This is a massive focus for us this year, we’d love to increase the level of support at games and create a wider sporting community, as some of the teams have bravely competed in front of near-empty stands for the past few years.
We’re both in our fourth year of our law conjoints. Ben grew up in Tauranga, and Hayden in Hokitika - this meant that we barely knew anyone when we turned up at law school. We seem to have fixed that along the way, and we’re really keen to make sure that sport is an accessible way for everyone to make friends and feel like you belong at the law school. To help achieve this, we’re going to introduce social sport to the law lions calendar - including uniM8s teams, and the potential for more cross faculty events.
We’re also keen to hear any suggestions about how to improve the sporting scene at university, so don’t be shy to flick us an email at email@example.com or come find us around law school.
Cormac McMahon & Jakob Gibson
We’re Cormac and Jakob, and we are your Media Officers for 2018/19. We’re both in our fourth year at the University of Auckland, studying Law and Commerce.
As your Media Officers, we are responsible for the publication of Verbatim and the management of AULSS’ social media accounts (@aucklandlawschool plug). If you’ve seen a poorly designed cover photo or a sub-standard promotion on AULSS, that was probably us.
If you have any questions, queries or even if you fancy writing a column for Verbatim in 2019 get in touch with a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or say hello if you see us out and about.
Jakob can be found downstairs at the Dave with his keep-cup and Cormac can be found bothering anyone who cares to listen about the time he scored a hundred in u16 cricket.
Also, @aucklandlawschool on insta and facebook.com/AULSSociety.
Yash Patel & Andrew Fermor
Kia ora, we're Yash and Andrew and we're your AULSS Competitions Officers for 2019.
Competitions are a great way for you to gain practical skills for your legal careers, whether it be through negotiating a position for your client, examining a witness or interviewing a client. We're here to make sure that these comps are run inclusively and for the benefit of all law students.
Feel free to approach us for a chat, we're friendly and always happy to help out with anything. Cheers!