Deakin students making an impact in the legal fraternity

Deakin Law School is proud to announce that Deakin law graduate Jessica Main (2009), has been elected by her peers to the coveted position of President of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Law Institute of Victoria in 2014. This is the first time a Deakin law student has been elected as the LIV YLS President, which is an incredible achievement. Congratulations Jessica.

Additionally, Deakin law graduate, Linda Rayment (2009) has been elected by her peers to the Executive of the LIV YLS as Co-Chair of the Community Issues Community in 2014.

Further to this, Cassandra Seery, a second year Bachelor of Laws student was appointed co-chair of the YLS Editorial Committee for 2014. Congratulations Cassandra.

The YLS represents the interests of over 8,000 members who are law students and young lawyers. The YLS is a dynamic group established to enhance the legal skills, knowledge and professional networks of members in the early stages of career development.

jessica mainJessica is a Deakin graduate (2009) and now a second year lawyer in the workplace relations team at McKean Park. She is a successful young lawyer, with a passion for workplace relations and helping her peers to achieve success and balance in their respective legal careers.

In 2013 Jessica was elected to Co-Chair to the Professional Development Committee of the Young Lawyers Section. She is additionally a member of the Victorian Women Lawyers Association, Australian Women Lawyers Association, Australian Labour Law Association, Law Institute of Victoria Workplace Relations Executive Committee and Employment and Industrial Relations (EIR) Committee. Jessica hopes to reconnect with the Deakin Law School and assist alumni, law students and the DLSS in 2014.

Linda Rayment (2009 graduate) is a second year Associate at Nicholes Family Lawyers and is deeply passionate about social justice issues, family law, rehabilitation and meeting the needs of children and victims.

Linda's commitment to international human rights has seen her work with the following non-profit organisations in advancing their causes:

  • with Children's Rights International in working with the Cambodian government to establish a child friendly court system in Cambodia.
  • with Project Respect in providing free family law advice to women wishing to leave in the sex industry.
  • with Operation Stitches in running various programs for children of the inner-city public housing estates with a anti-drug, anti-crime and anti-violence emphasis.
  • with the World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights, which brings together a range of highly regarded individuals ranging from judges, governmental officials and legislators from all around the world to raise awareness in relation to various children's issues including child trafficking to seek outcomes that promote and protect the rights of children.
  • in her capacity as a board member of Abolishion, an anti-human trafficking organisation, that's vision is to see a world where no ones' freedom is sold for the highest bid. Abolishion works tirelessly to break the systems that keep people in sexual slavery.
  • since 2007 Linda has also spent a lot of her time volunteering and assisting inmates in Kerobokan Prison, Bali.

cassandra seeryCassandra Seery was also recently appointed to Student Representative of the Student Experience and Engagement Committee at Deakin University. Additionally, Cassandra also is a Business & Law Undergraduate Mentor Program Team Leader and a member of the LIV YLS Law Reform Committee.

Cassandra's commitment to being an active member of the Deakin community and the LIV YLS not only ensures she gains valuable, worldly, experience whilst she studies, she is working towards her ideal graduate role.

We are sure that Jessica, Linda and Cassandra will make a very worthy contribution to the LIV YLS and it's a wonderful achievement for our Deakin graduates and students.

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