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The Law Society of NSW Student Ambassador Program was introduced in 2023 and provides an opportunity for law students of all years and from across NSW to work alongside the Law Society of NSW and provide feedback and input towards future projects and strategy to ensure the Law Society of NSW continues to meet the needs of law students throughout their studies and as they transition from student to professional. 

Student Ambassadors are appointed annually for a term of one year. Please find below details of our 2024 Student Ambassadors. 

Feng-Emily Lizzio, Macquarie University 

Feng-Emily (Emily) is a Commerce and Laws student at Macquarie University. She is immersed in the legal sector as a Disputes paralegal at Ashurst, and will be joining the firm’s 2023/2024 clerk cohort. 

Emily was included in the Financial Review's Top 100 Future Leaders in Law of 2023, in EY's NextGen Women Top 10.

Throughout university, she has gained leadership experience as Vice-President and Events Director across two societies, and has honed her professional skillset by competing in seven grand/semi finals across various institutions.

In her free time, you'll find Emily in the ocean, soccer pitch, or ice rink.
 

Ella Spencer, Macquarie University

Ella is currently in her fourth year of an Arts/Laws double degree at Macquarie University in Sydney and works part time as a law clerk.

She actively engages in political extracurriculars and is currently a member of the Youth Advisory Council to the U.S. Consulate in Sydney where she provides advice on the socio-political concerns of the Australian Youth.

In 2022, Ella was the President of the Macquarie University United Nations Society (MUNS) and volunteered at the 10th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights.

She has a personal passion for international law and enjoys engaging in lively debate on global issues.

Karl Bauer, University of Notre Dame Australia

Karl is a second year Laws/Philosophy, Politics, and Economics student at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

He is a  volunteer in his community at Richmond RAAF Base as a Defence Approved Helper. In  his free time he likes to run or play strategy games such as Chess and Risk.

Mary Charbel Khater, University of Notre Dame Australia

Mary Charbel is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor Arts (Politics and Journalism) at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

She hopes to use her law degree to help and assist the most vulnerable members in our community gain the justice they deserve and desire. 

Prithi Sakthi Sivabalan, University of Sydney 

Prithi is a penultimate-year law student at the University of Sydney with a passion for law that spans both not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

Her volunteer experience at Redfern Legal Centre has been instrumental in improving client experience at the centre during COVID, reflecting her commitment to make a positive impact in the community. 

Simultaneously, Prithi has a keen interest in commercial law, where she's driven to understand the intricate workings of the business world.

In her leisure time, she loves a good swim at the beach, dancing with her team, painting, and spending time with family and friends.

Rebecca Yetman, University of Sydney 

Rebecca is studying law and arts at the University of Sydney, with a major in criminology. Her background is Kiwi and Canadian, and she was born and raised in Hong Kong.

Rebecca plans to pursue a career in criminal law. She currently works as an Administration Officer at the Aboriginal Legal Service, where she previously volunteered on the Supreme Court Bails Team.

As Student Ambassador, she hopes to advocate for better mental health support and facilitate accessible networking opportunities for students.

Outside of her studies, Rebecca enjoys playing the drums, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

Hugh Marshall, University of New England

Hugh is currently studying the LLB at the University of New England, about to commence his final units and Honours research. He has studied the entirety of his degree online.

He now lives in Grafton, northern NSW, although he lived in Sydney until he was almost 10. As he was home-schooled, he had to complete a STAT test to qualify for admission to the university.

Hugh says that before admission he didn't understand properly what studying or practising law entailed, but was immediately enthralled by the content of the earlier units. That delight in the law has continued, almost never dampened, throughout the degree. He is thrilled at the prospect of being involved in helping others (law students, pre-law students, or whoever) learn something of what it means to be a lawyer, how to become one, and how to gain practical experience as a gateway into the profession.

Nicola Breen, University of New England 

Nicola (Nicky) is not a typical law student, if such a thing exists. A single mum of two, with a busy full time first career as a senior media and communications adviser for government, law is her second career. She’s aiming to work in defamation, IP and media law and is one of the Ambassadors for the University of New England.

Her focus is helping students who are studying law in a non-traditional way. She wants  to break down barriers to employment for students who are still in their first careers as they transition into their second. 

Lina Zaioor, University of New South Wales

Lina is a student at UNSW, studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics. Lina has previously served as the President of UNSW’s Women in Business Society and is currently a Law Clerk at King & Wood Mallesons.

Through her role as Student Ambassador, Lina hopes to connect more law students with the Law Society of the NSW and foster a supportive legal community.

Daphne Fong, University of New South Wales

Daphne is a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) and Law student studying at the University of New South Wales and a litigation paralegal at Marque Lawyers. She has a passion for all-things litigation, human rights, and the interplay between justice and the law.

Daphne has recently been named 2023 Law Student of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law awards. Additionally, her prior role as a UNICEF Young Ambassador underscores her commitment to youth voice and leadership. 

With her ambassadorship, Daphne aspires to leverage her platform to raise awareness of the Law Society of NSW and motivate her peers to actively participate in its initiatives.

Thomas William McCarthy, University of Newcastle

Thomas is a University of Newcastle student who began his dual-degree studies in 2020, working towards a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Diploma of Legal Practice, with an anticipated graduation date in 2024. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business in 2022.  

Thomas has experience as a Law Clerk and Paralegal, in the areas of Family Law, Education Law, and Insurance Law. He is a Summer Clerk at Allens for 2023/24, and fulfills the position of Company Secretary for a local independent school located in the Hunter region. He earned recognition as a Finalist for Law Student of the Year at the Australian Law Awards 2023 and is dedicated to advocating for career pathways for regional law students.

Outside of his academic and professional commitments, Thomas has a passion for playing tennis.

James Artemi, University of Technology Sydney

James is a final-year law student at the University of Technology Sydney. He recently completed a clerkship at Clayton Utz and will join the firm as a graduate in 2024. James has a keen interest in commercial law and is actively involved in social justice and volunteer initiatives.

In his leisure time, he enjoys swimming, Muay Thai, and spending time with family and friends.

Rachel Yang, University of Technology Sydney 

Rachel is a UTS LLB graduate completing her PLT. She completed placements with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Environmental Defenders Office, and has previously volunteered with Salvos Legal, NTSCORP and B Inspiring.

Rachel has a relentless passion for driving social empowerment initiatives, and believes that 'If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.' - Toni Morrison. She became a Student Ambassador in order to contribute ideas towards positive change and support for students on their law journey.

Siobhan Heywood, University of Wollongong 

Siobhan is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology at the University of Wollongong.

As a law student with a non-traditional background, and who is incredibly passionate about her peers and their experiences in law school, Siobhan is very excited to help facilitate more connections between the Law Society and her fellow students.

Jude Davenport, University of Wollongong 

Jude is a fourth year student at the University of Wollongong undertaking a double bachelors degree in Commerce/Law.

As student ambassador, Jude hopes that no matter how young or old, new or familiar, whether it's your first University experience or not, fellow students feel like they can reach out to him with questions or concerns. 

Outside of his studies, Jude enjoys martial arts, soccer, bushwalks and listening to podcasts.

Caroline Grumley, Western Sydney University 

Caroline is in her third year at Western Sydney University studying a Bachelor of Law and Arts. She is majoring in English, with a special love for Victorian Women's Gothic writings along with Ancient Greek philosophy, which is her minor.

Caroline also works as a paralegal at Law Partners Personal Injury Lawyers where she works in the Workers' Compensation claims and Work Injury Damages department.

She is a passionate student who is grateful and excited to have the opportunity to advocate for the voices of her peers in the legal profession. Her goal as an ambassador is for students to feel comfortable approaching the Law Society and herself, utilising its services and resources during their studies. Caroline would like to be a point of contact where students can seek guidance and assistance, erasing any apprehension they might have.

Shobha Venkatachalam, Western Sydney University 

Shobha is a penultimate year law student undertaking her Honours at Western Sydney University.

She is very keen to advocate for the needs of law students and communicate these to the Law Society of NSW whilst also providing information to her fellow students on the support and opportunities that the Law Society of NSW has to offer. 

She passionate about using the law as a vehicle to help people, especially those from vulnerable quarters of society, and achieving equitable outcomes. Shobha also has a strong interest in mental health and wellbeing in the law.

In addition to continuous learning and volunteering, she has a passion for music, languages, and writing.