New Zealand Law Students' Association
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|Institution||Law schools in New Zealand|
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The New Zealand Law Students' Association / Te Roopu Tauira Ture o Aotearoa (NZLSA) is the overarching representative body for law students in New Zealand. The members of the NZLSA are the Law Students' Societies (LSSs) of each New Zealand law school, along with individual New Zealand law students (as student members).
The main operational organ of the NZLSA is the Council, which consists of the President of each LSS, an Executive consisting of the NZLSA President, the Administrative Vice-President, the Education Vice-President, the Competitions Vice-President, Marketing Vice-President and the Treasurer. The Lex Magazine editor is an ex officio officer.
The NZLSA also has two representatives on the New Zealand Council of Legal Education, which is an independent statutory body whose general activities concern public interest and regulatory matters and centre on the Council's responsibilities for the quality and provision of legal training within New Zealand. The Council of Legal Education oversees the LLB curriculum at all NZ universities and regulates professional studies providers. The NZLSA representatives promote student views and are ex officio officers of the NZLSA Council.
The primary goals of the NZLSA are:
- to facilitate communication, the exchange of ideas, and collegiality between LSSs and law students;
- to provide opportunities for New Zealand law students (such as the opportunity to compete in the NZLSA competitions); and
- to represent law students' interests in external fora (such as the Council of Legal Education).
The Current Members of the NZLSA are:
- The AUT University Law Students Society (AUTLawSS)
- The Auckland University Law Students' Society (AULSS)
- The Waikato University Law Students' Association (WULSA)
- The Victoria University of Wellington Law Students' Society (VUWLSS)
- The University of Canterbury Law Students' Society (LAWSOC)
- The Society of Otago University Law Students (SOULS)
At the September 2010 Council meeting of the NZLSA in Dunedin, the AUT University Law Students' Society (AUTLawSS) confirmed its intention to affiliate to the NZLSA and become a Member in January 2011.
Each year the NZLSA holds its annual conference at a different New Zealand law school. The right to host the conference is rotated equally amongst the law schools, with the host LSS taking responsibility for the conference.
While the majority of conference delegates are competitors in the National Championships of the NZLSA competitions, the conference also hosts Council members, incoming Presidents of the LSSs and general delegates. The 2010 conference, hosted by SOULS and the University of Otago, was the first NZLSA conference to welcome general delegates from Australia and from the AUT Law Students' Society (AUTLAWSS).
|Year||President||Administrative VP||Treasurer||Education VP||Competitions VP||Marketing VP||CLE Representatives||AULSS President||AUTLSS President||WULSA President||VUWLSS President||LAWSOC President||SOULS President|
|2005||Chelsea Payne / Prabhat Sethi||Prabhat Sethi||Nicholas Garland||-||Andrew Thomas||-||-||Leith McFarlane||-||Michelle Ormsby||Jonny Mitchell||Charlotte Kirkcaldie|
|2006||Charlotte Kirkcaldie||Jonathan Mitchell||-||-||Dan Graham||-||-||Bridgette White||-||Sam Mills||Tracey Lee||Cynthia Garton||Pippa Allen|
|2007||Andrew Thomas||Matthew Green||Sam O'Malley||-||Colin Fife||-||-||Kitaj Woodward||-||Seung Youn||Ihma Shareef||David Dewar||Jeremy Spicer|
|2008||David Dewar||Seung Yeun||Lara Johansen||-||Wook Jin Lee||-||Colin Fife & Kitaj Woodward||Sunil Nathu||-||Jeni Fountain||Henry Clayton||Steve Jukes||Honor Lanham|
|2009||Jeni Fountain||Desley Horton||Aimée Scofield||Grace Brown||Anna Cornelius||-||Colin Fife & Kitaj Woodward||Matt Comery||-||Richard Bracefield||Amelia Keene||Nick McDonnell||Phil Thomson|
|2010||Phil Thomson||Aimée Scofield||Emma Groufsky||Joe Lill||Jamie Eng||-||Colin Fife & Kitaj Woodward||Gavin Correia||-||Ben Gilbert||Nick Chapman||Guy Carter||Rob Harris|
|2011||Guy Carter||Elisha Kemp||Chris Dearsley||Sarah Keast||Roshni Kaur||-||Phil Thomson & Jamie Eng||Marino Vedanayagam||-||Ashiq Hamid||David Smith||Mike Mullins||Sam Welsh|
|2012||Rebecca Goldsmith||Nigel Smith / George McLellan||Jono Boyce||Sam Welsh||Ben Foster / Almiro Clere||Courtney Martyn||Phil Thomson & Jamie Eng||Faisal Halabi||Amanda Ferris||Mohammed Alobaidi||Ben Land-Maycock||Seamus Woods||Sam McLernon|
|2013||Seamus Woods||Rachel Walsh||Shaun Wallis||Hoory Karnik||Sophie Kalderimis||Camille Warnaar||Phil Thomson & Jamie Eng||Camille Butters||Osei Owusu||Nicolette Barrett||Callum Inglis||Simon Inder||Emma Haggas|
|2014||Rachel Walsh||Faisal Halabi||Sean Maskill||Andrew Pullar||Nicky Wynne||Julie Hands||Seamus Woods & Sophie Kalderimis||Victoria Clarke||Ilinke Naude||Arno Elsing||Myles Snaddon||Jacob Nutt||James Lansdown|
|2015||Jacob Nutt||Georgia Cameron||James Lester||Ilinke Naude||Amber Hosking||Cameron van Baarle||Seamus Woods & Sophie Kalderimis||Ben Kirkpatrick||Karl Schwarz||Robert West||Geordie Johnson||Thomas Scott||Ben Isaacs|
One of the core functions of the NZLSA is to facilitate the regular legal skills competitions that are offered to students in each law school (with the LSS winners representing their university at the National Championships). The current competitions are the NZLSA Bell Gully Mooting Competition, the NZLSA Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination Competition, the Russell McVeagh Client Interviewing Competition, and the Buddle Findlay Negotiation Competition.
|Year||Championship Moot||Witness Examination||Negotiation||Client Interviewing|
|2014||Danielle Houghton, Aidan Lomas (Auckland)||Helen Bond, Stephen Taylor (Waikato)||Sam Jeffs (Auckland)||Tom O'Brien (Canterbury)||Ben Bielski, George Meale (Otago)||Myles Snaddon, Karl van der Plas (VU Wellington)||Luke Archer, Jasmin Moran (VU Wellington)||Joseph Bergin, Hayden Smith (AUT)|
|2013||Tim Conder, Nupur Upadhyay (Auckland)||Duncan McLachlan, Aric Shakur (VU Wellington)||Caitlin Hollings (Auckland)||Rhiannon Snell (Auckland University of Technology)||Henry Benson-Pope, Tom Jemson (Otago)||Kimberly Eccles, Stephanie Panzic (Auckland)||Luke Sizer, Andrew McLeod (Auckland)||Paul Comrie-Thomson, Peter McKenzie-Bridle (VU Wellington)|
|2012||Timothy Conder (Auckland)||William Findlay (VU Wellington)|
|2011||Benedict Tompkins, Matthew Beattie (Auckland)||Jermir J Punthakey (University of New South Wales)||David Dingwall (Canterbury)||Josh English, Tom English (Otago)||Rob Clarke, Alex Boock (Otago)|
|2010||Sarah Keast (Canterbury)||Kate Lawson-Bradshaw (Otago)|
|2009||Yogesh Patel (VU Wellington)|
|2008||Steven Jukes (Canterbury)|
|2007||Scott Leith (Auckland)|