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Professional Development

The Law Society of New South Wales runs professional development programs for the benefit of students. These sessions are designed to equip students with professional skills to complement your degree.

  • Where: The Law Society of New South Wales, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
  • Time: All sessions commence at 6.00pm, running for approximately one hour
  • Cost: Free of charge

Session 1 – NSW Young Lawyers Skills Session CV Writing

The CV is one of the most important tools in any job search. This seminar will cover the basic principles and values of writing your CV.

Thursday 2 June 2016

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Presenter: Maria Newport - Managing Principal at Newport O'Connor

Maria Newport is the Managing Principal, and an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant, with Newport O’Connor. She is a qualified lawyer, has practised in Australia (Phillips Fox, now DLA Piper, and Clayton Utz) and the UK. She also has a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management (majoring in Organisational Psychology) with Merit from the University of London. Maria has been coaching since 1999 in Australia and the US and previously had a boutique executive search firm in New York. Maria works with leaders, senior executives, managers and high potentials in global corporations and professional service firms to develop self-awareness, improved performance, behavioural change, executive presence, business development and leadership capabilities. She also facilitates enterprise-wide Leadership, Coaching and Career Development workshops with global organisations in the financial services, technology, pharmaceutical, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Session 2 – Branding, Etiquette and Career Options

This session will take you through the images and behaviours essential for making good first impressions to employers and work colleagues alike. What sets you apart is your unique self and what can hold you back can be the etiquette conventions that your are unaware of.

Thursday 23 June 2016

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Presenter: Annalisa Armitage – Owner of My Image Consultant

Personal Branding Expert Annalisa Armitage AICI CIP runs her own Image Consultancy company 'My Image Consultant' and can be contacted at www.myimageconsultant.com.au or directly at annalisa@myimageconsultant.com.au. Annalisa is the co-author of the book 'Socially Smart and Savvy' and spends her days helping men and women present themselves in a way that helps them succeed.

Session 3 – A Day in a Life of a Lawyer

Meet four Young Lawyers to discuss what it's like to practice in their area of law

Environmental Law

Wednesday 6 July 2016

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Presenter: Emily Ryan – Vice President of NSW Young Lawyers 2016

Emily has a strong interest in and commitment to social and environmental justice. She is currently the Acting Outreach Director at the Environmental Defenders Office NSW, and has worked as an Outreach Solicitor with the organisation since 2011. Emily is also the Vice President of NSW Young Lawyers for 2016.  

Presenter: Russell Schmidt – Vice Chair of NSW Young Lawyers Environment and Planning Law Committee 2016

Russell is currently a solicitor with the Office of Environment and Heritage. His practice involves advising government clients on legislation they administer as well as working on legislative reform projects. He also works as an author for Thomson Reuter’s commentary on NSW Environmental Law and Responsibilities, is the Vice Chair of NSW Young Lawyers Environment and Planning Law Committee and is undertaking graduate study in law at the Australian National University.

Civil Litigation

13 July 2016

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Presenter: Elias Yamine – Immediate Past President of NSW Young Lawyers 2015

Elias is a Senior Associate practising in Bartier Perry's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Elias' major work has included trust, superannuation taxation and financial services litigation, contractual disputes, building and construction litigation, and insolvency. 

Presenter: Renée Bianchi – President of NSW Young Lawyers 2016

Renée was called to the Bar in 2013. Since being at the Bar, Renée has built up a diverse practice in common law, commercial litigation and equity matters. Renée is the President of NSW Young Lawyers for 2016. Prior to her appointment as President, Renée was Vice President in 2015, Chair of the Civil Litigation Committee (from 2012-2015, and was vice chair from 2010-2012) and Executive Councillor (2011-2014). 

Criminal Law

Wednesday 20 July 2016

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Presenter: Andrew Tiedt - Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Criminal Law Committee

Andrew is a partner at Armstrong Legal. He has handled cases across the entire criminal spectrum, including prosecutions for murder, fraud, violence and drug offences.

Presenter: Thomas Spohr – Past President of NSW Young Lawyers 2014

Thomas is a prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (New South Wales). He has been in widely-reported prosecutions, including $45.3 million fraud by Rajina Subramaniam (said to be one of the largest by an individual in Australia's history), the prosecution of Katherina Abdallah for the murder of her cousin Suzie Sarkis, and the appeal by Carnita Matthews against her conviction for a traffic offence allegedly committed whilst wearing a burqa.  

Session 4 - The Importance of Networking

Hazardous, hopeful or heroic - are your networking skills working for you or against you? Come along to this session to hone your skills and learn some great techniques. You'll cover essential networking skills, including making a great first impression, so you can attend your next function with confidence.

Tuesday 16 August 2016

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Presenter: Annalisa Armitage - Owner of My Image Consultant

Personal Branding Expert Annalisa Armitage AICI CIP runs her own Image Consultancy company 'My Image Consultant' and can be contacted at www.myimageconsultant.com.au or directly at annalisa@myimageconsultant.com.au. Annalisa is the co-author of the book 'Socially Smart and Savvy' and spends her days helping men and women present themselves in a way that helps them succeed.

Session 5 – A Career Development Map

This session is really useful for undergrads and graduates to assess where they are, skills, preferences, strengths, weaknesses and how that fits in with their career choices.

Tuesday 23 August 2016

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Presenter: Martine Barclay – Managing Director at Interconnected Development Pty Ltd 

Session 6 – Wellbeing for Lawyers

This session focuses on fostering the importance of a healthy work-life-study balance and improving student welfare and mental health.

Wednesday 7 September 2016

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Presenter: Rachel Clements – Director of Psychological Services at Centre for Corporate Health

Session 7 – Admission as a Lawyer in NSW

This session will cover all that is required to become admitted as a Lawyer in NSW.

Thursday 15 September 2016

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Presenter: Chris Banks – Executive Officer of the Legal Profession Admission Board 

Session 8 – Building and Expanding Your Career Network

Networking is an important component of successful career building at all career stages. Not only is it important to develop a network, but it also takes time to manage your network. This session will discuss how to manage networks, interacting with colleagues and building meaningful communication skills.

Thursday 22 September 2016

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Presenter: Yin Chiew – Legal Consultant at Robert Walters

Yin is a Consultant in the legal team at Robert Walters. Yin works in a consultative capacity to advise clients of opportunities within corporations, private practice and government. Yin also regularly meets with lawyers to discuss the current market trends, remuneration, resume preparation, interview techniques and career planning.

Session 9 – Job Search Strategies

So your ready to start looking for that internship, clerkship or that first full-time job. The process of looking for this position involves developing a strategy. This search strategy is a plan or series of steps to help you obtain your goal: gettng an offer for the position that fits your interests, skills, values and personality.

Thursday 29 September 2016

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Presenter: Yin Chiew – Legal Consultant at Robert Walters

Yin is a Consultant in the legal team at Robert Walters. Yin works in a consultative capacity to advise clients of opportunities within corporations, private practice and government. Yin also regularly meets with lawyers to discuss the current market trends, remuneration, resume preparation, interview techniques and career planning.

Session 10 – Transitioning from a Student to Becoming a Lawyer

You've spent countless hours studying at university and just finished your final exam, now what? This session addresses this critical point at any student's life and explores what is required of you as you move into full-time work.

Thursday 20 October 2016

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Presenter: Thomas Spohr - Past President of NSW Young Lawyers 2014

Thomas is a prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (New South Wales). He has been in widely-reported prosecutions, including $45.3 million fraud by Rajina Subramaniam (said to be one of the largest by an individual in Australia's history), the prosecution of Katherina Abdallah for the murder of her cousin Suzie Sarkis, and the appeal by Carnita Matthews against her conviction for a traffic offence allegedly committed whilst wearing a burqa.

Session 11 – Going to the Bar

Join two Barristers as they explain how to join the Bar, what its like to be a Barrister and their journeys to get to where they are now.

Wednesday 26 October 2016

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Presenter: Kylie Nomchong – Past President of NSW Young Lawyers 1994

Kylie was admitted to the Bar in 1997 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012. Kylie was elected as President of NSW Young Lawyers in 1994. She was later elected to the Council of the Law Society of NSW. She was the Chair of Law Society's Equal Opportuntity Committee from 1994 to 1996. Kylie has also held positions on the Board of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the College of Law, the Equal Opportunity Committee of the Law Council of Australia and the NSW Community Justices Centre.

Presenter: Renée Bianchi – President of NSW Young Lawyers 2016

Renée was called to the Bar in 2013. Since being at the Bar, Renée has built up a diverse practice in common law, commercial litigation and equity matters. Renée is the President of NSW Young Lawyers for 2016. Prior to her appointment as President, Renée was Vice President in 2015, Chair of the Civil Litigation Committee (from 2012-2015, and was vice chair from 2010-2012) and Executive Councillor (2011-2014). 

 

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