Dictum Society

2018/19 Nominations

Welcome to the list of nominees for Dictum Society positions in the 2018/19 Committee! All nominees are required to provide written statements, which we will post here for your consideration and in particular for the consideration of any proxy voters unable to attend the meeting on 3 October.

Nominees are able to nominate for up to two positions. If a nominee has only nominated for one position, there will be no mention of preferences. However, for those that have nominated for two positions, their preferences will be disclosed.

Nominees are listed in the order that nominations are submitted, earliest appearing first and latest appearing last. Speeches on the night of the Annual General Meeting will proceed in alphabetical order per position.


President


Naz Besavend

First Preference

My name is Naz and I am currently the Assistant Director of Careers for Dictum Society.

I am running for President as I want to create a new culture for VU students. I want to foster a culture of support and positivity and make VU and Dictum something that people love to be a part of. I plan to work closely with the committee as a team to ensure that there is transparency and support available.

I have strong fundraising and networking skills. I am great at building rapport and maintaining professional relationships - a key aspect of the President who works with sponsors. This year specifically I have liaised with judges and industry professionals to secure their appearance at Dictum events. I am very persistent and open minded, I always appreciate constructive feedback and will consult my team to ensure the best decisions are being made.

My plan for Dictum is to increase student engagement and highlight the benefits of joining. This year, I have been running guest lectures for information and networking, as well as securing work experience placements for law students, and I plan to integrate these initiatives with Dictum. I also plan to work with the committee to run various events throughout the year to connect with more students.

Lastly, I will be approaching the College to work with Dictum to act as a proper law student representative body.

Natalie Dammous

First Preference

My name is Natalie Dammous and 2019 will be the final year of my Bachelor of Law degree. I am very excited to submit my nomination for President of Dictum Society. I am currently the Women’s Officer of our student union. I have found this role very rewarding, but I now wish to draw my attention entirely to my family at Victoria Law School.

I would bring to the role of presidency a budding enthusiasm, a listening ear, a friendly attitute and vested interest. Just like you, I am apprehensive about the block model implementation across our law school. There’s no denying that It is going to shake our university. Will this shake be for good? Or will it be bad? We aren’t going to know until next year. I would like to be the leader of our student voice when that time comes along. Now, more than ever the voice of law students needs to be loud, and it needs to be heard. If you don’t know me, then I should tell you that ‘loud’ and ‘heard’ are probably the two adjectives most used to describe me! For this reason, I believe I will be the strongest President for Dictum in 2019. You should also know, I have no shame and I do not embarrass easily - so I’m prepared to get out there and ask the tough questions.

Hannah Smith

First Preference

Hi, my name is Hannah Smith and I am studying a Bachelor of Laws/Arts degree.

From the moment I knew that I was attending Victoria University, I instantly signed up to Dictum Society. Since then I made the Law School and Dictum my priority. I made the choice from day one to contribute to the law campus and to make not just my experience rewarding but to strive to make others experience just as rewarding and successful as my own. I chose to be committed from day one.

Currently I hold the position of Director of Education and the position of Interim Director of Equity. As Director and Interim Director, I have run one of the most successful Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Programs to date. Additionally, I ran a De-Stress BBQ.

My involvement does not end there. I have also been involved in running the 2018 Law Ball and the 2018 Trivia Night, book stalls, International Women’s Day, I was a judge for the Junior Moot and completed Secretarial Duties for the Society. I have also had a constant presence at the campus, which has allowed me to get to know my peers and establish a trusting relationship, and I plan on maintaining this if I am elected President.

If you want someone that has demonstrated a long term commitment and a continually successful track record of experience with our law society, a person who has shown they are willing to work for you, then support my nomination for presidency.


Vice President


Naz Besavend

Second Preference

My name is Naz and I am currently the Assistant Director of Careers for Dictum Society.

I am running for VP as I want to create a new culture for VU students. I want to foster a culture of support and positivity and make VU and Dictum something that people love to be a part of. I plan to work closely with the committee as a team to ensure that there is transparency and support available.

I have strong fundraising and networking skills. I am great at building rapport and maintaining professional relationships - a key aspect of the President who works with sponsors. This year specifically I have liaised with judges and industry professionals to secure their appearance at Dictum events. I am very persistent and open minded, I always appreciate constructive feedback and will consult my team to ensure the best decisions are being made.

My plan for Dictum is to increase student engagement and highlight the benefits of joining. This year, I have been running guest lectures for information and networking, as well as securing work experience placements for law students, and I plan to integrate these initiatives with Dictum. I also plan to work with the committee to run various events throughout the year to connect with more students.

Lastly, I will be approaching the College to work with Dictum to act as a proper law student representative body.

Natalie Dammous

Second Preference

My name is Natalie Dammous and 2019 will be the final year of my Bachelor of Law degree. I am submitting a second preference nomination statement for all of the reasons I stated in my Presidency statement. It would be an honour to work alongside the President of Dictum Society to ensure the student voice is heard and represented. As the current Women's Women’s Officer of our student union, I am versed in working under a President and alongside an Executive.

Hannah Smith

Second Preference

Hi, my name is Hannah Smith and I am studying a Bachelor of Laws/Arts degree.

I believe everything stated in my first preference also applies to my second preference. I think I would make a difference in a support role because I have had exposure and experience in Dictum Society.

Currently I hold the position of Director of Education and the position of Interim Director of Equity. As Director and Interim Director, I have run one of the most successful Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Programs to date. Additionally, I ran a De-Stress BBQ.

My involvement does not end there. I have also been involved in running the 2018 Law Ball and the 2018 Trivia Night, book stalls, International Women’s Day, I was a judge for the Junior Moot and completed Secretarial Duties for the Society. I have also had a constant presence at the campus, which has allowed me to get to know my peers and establish a trusting relationship.

If you want someone that has demonstrated a long term commitment and a continually successful track record of experience with our law society, a person who has shown they are willing to work for you, then support my nomination.

Sasha Anne Suman

Second Preference

I would love to assist the President of Dictum Society in their mission to give law students a voice at Victoria University. Undertaking a law degree is difficult and stressful at the best of times and I would make it my mission to ensure all students are given every opportunity to succeed and enjoy their time here at Victoria Law School.

If I am elected as the Vice President of Dictum Society, I would bring my utmost enthusiasm and effort into providing students with the resources they need. I would take the time above all else to ensure that every student’s needs are adequately catered to and I will commit myself to promoting and serving my fellow law students in their success and happiness at uni.


Secretary


Sarah Di Campli San Veto

Second Preference

No nomination statement available. 

Furkan Sam Onal

Second Preference

No nomination statement available.

Jake Tilton

I am 21 years old, and completing a Bachelor of Laws degree within the Victorian College of Law, and my interest for governance and passion to play a role in our academic and student body institutions has encouraged me to run as an office bearer for the Dictum Society and work vigorously for the interests of the students. I have previous experience in secretary roles on previous bodies for different government and political organisations and believe I can bring to the table what skills and knowledge I gathered from my time serving in those roles to enhance the student experience through the work of the Dictum Society. I enjoy engaging with people, keep an open mind and like to always leave my proverbial door open for people to come have chat to me about their concerns and work with them to find an outcome that suits their needs. I feel galvanised by the prospect of working with many different people to achieve the goals and aims of our student body and look forward to working with the committee in whatever capacity I am deemed fit to serve in. Thank you for your time.


Treasurer


Firyal Besavend

My Name is Firyal and I am a second year law student. I am wanting to nominate for the role of Treasurer as I am wanting to be more active in our student society and believe I am qualified for the role.

I hold a Commerce degree majoring in finance and management and have over 7+ years experience working in Banking and Finance at a forefront level and Assistant Team Leader. I work well supporting key executives and believe that I have the necessary skills to manage Dictum Society’s finances.

Being involved in multiple organisations, I have a strong background in fundraising, budget allocation, and community networks that support local organisation. I aim to do more with less and ensure that the budget next year is well spent, taking into account all portfolios and their events and initiatives.

Furkam Sam Onal

First Preference

No nomination statement available.


Director of Activities


Karl Bonto

Law school can be a confusingly stressful episode in every aspiring lawyer’s life. It’s a combination of information overload, caffeine addiction and amnesia derived from sleep deprivation. This doesn’t mean it cannot be memorable, challenging and fun all together.

As a father of 3 wonderful kids and a nurse, I’m experienced with putting structure and activities to direct and divert my kids and my patients. I persuade and motivate them to focus their energy to engage in something productive or therapeutic. I’ve learned how to manage and deal with rejection, lack of interest, poor engagement and ad hominem response.

As a freshmen law student, I believe that law school learning is not limited to the confines of the lecture rooms. It is essential to engage fellow law students and to know each other on a personal level.

The law profession is a very niche and small circle. A fellow student can be an opposing counsel on a future case or the class introvert can be the presiding judge in a future case you’re to defend.

It is important to engage, to reach out and learn to collaborate this early in our careers. One can never rule out the significance of the networks and associations you acquire whilst in law school. These connections are developed through mutual interests and shared activities and the memories spent together.

Kurt Cauchi

Hi, my Name is Kurt J Cauchi and I am running for the position of Directors of Activities for Dictum Society.

Next year will be my 5th year at the University and during my time at VU I have seen the importance that Dictum Society Events have had on students. The Activities Portfolio is important to me because one of the greatest joys of my first two years at this University was the ability to interact with senior peers.
These interactions allowed me to make connections and inspired me through my Degree.

As I work in the legal industry I understand the importance of engaging with your peers and with others in the legal industry.

Some of my ideas for the Activities Portfolio is to host more social nights and events which will allow for more interaction between all students. In addition to this, I would continue to organise and improve the Leo Cussens Trivia Night, and of course the biggest event of the year, Law Ball.

Due to my involvement with the University and my work in the legal field, I have been able to develop valuable skills such as team work, communication, time management and dedication. All of which are extremely important in running a successful Activities portfolio.

Thank you for your time, and I hope you consider my nomination for Activities Director for 2019.

Rebecca Elder

Second Preference

Hello, my name is Rebecca Elder and I am a fourth year Bachelor of Laws student. I am very excited in submitting a nomination for Dictum Director of Activities position. I currently hold position of Project office for V4U Day 2018. This is the biggest Volunteer Event across all of Australian University.

I wish to bring my skills and connection to the Activities role for 2019. I aim to have events that cater to all students. For trivia night, guess speakers, monthly social meet ups and of course our Law Ball! Also I want to run events for students who don’t drink, to make sure they are included and at all different times to make sure student have the best chance to network.

I am a bubbly person, who love a good social event where I can meet new people and this is the aim for all students activates that I ran in 2019.


Director of Careers


Demyana Thomas

Hi everyone, my name is Demyana and next year will be my final year of my Bachelor of Laws degree. I have been involved with Dictum as Competitions officer, for this I’m very honoured.

As Director of Careers, I would bring along my experience and knowledge from working with multiple organisations. I have a vision to improve all VU students experience, not only that but to also enhance your experience and knowledge as future lawyers. Every student at VU deserves to hit the floor running, if not sprinting. With more Panel sessions to connect, I would hope to also implement workshops with community leaders and professionals. The professionals whom i know, would be more then happy to connect with Victoria University, and support our students.

For the many students that know me, I’m constantly happy and will take on any task thrown at me. For that I believe time is of the essence! Law students don’t mess around when it comes to time, your time would be my priority!

Thank you!


Director of Competitions


Elizabeth Breaz

First Preference

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Breaz and I am currently in my third year studying a Bachelor of Laws.

It is with great pride that I have been a member of Dictum Society since the start of my degree. Not only this, but I have been involved with Dictum as a Mentor with the Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program. I have been an Education Officer, and I am currently the Director of Activities.

In my current role with Dictum Society, I have helped organise the Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program, Trivia Night, a destress BBQ, and of course the most important event of the year, Law Ball. Other than Dictum commitments, I also placed second in the 2017 Junior Moot, I have been involved with Amnesty International, and I am currently undertaking a clinical program with Victoria Legal Aid. This demonstrates how much of a dedicated student I am.

Not only am I a dedicated student, the above experiences have allowed me to develop skills such as public speaking, team work, leadership and communication skills. I believe this will make me the best candidate for this position.

I believe that this portfolio is important to the students at Victoria University as it allows students to experience the legal field. In addition to this, students can network and build character. Further, I have many ideas for this portfolio, and if you let me represent the student body, I will be excited to share these ideas with you.

Thank you for your time.

Lucy Tatham

My name is Lucy Tatham and I am extremely passionate about Mooting! Mooting is the most practical experience a Law student can have and every student should do it.

If elected I will make Mooting accessible to everyone and organise training and coaching for everyone who wants it.

This year alone I have competed in four Moot competitions.
• The Honorable Michael Kirby Contract Moot
• The SNH Criminal Law Moot-Grand Finalist
• The Dictum Society-Senior Moot-Grand Finalist
• The Dictum Society-Senior Moot-Jim Rangelov Spirit of the Moot award

I am also a regular mock witness for the Barrister and Police Moots and I have a good understand of Mooting at all levels.

If elected to run Dictum Society Moot Court Competitions, I will do two
Additional things for you:

1) Set up a weekly debating competition based on the British Parliamentary Debating structure where students can debate a combination of Legal and Political topics. The great thing about debating is that topics are released only fifteen minutes before the debate commences so it’s a great opportunity to hone your advocacy skills for Mooting without cutting into your study time.

2) I will push for students to receive a subjects credit for major Moots. Most Universities students receive a credit for the Kirby, The Vis, The Jessup and the Maritime. There is no reason that Victoria University Students should not have these same opportunities to be able to establish themselves as serious Moot Competitors.

I love Mooting and with your vote I will make sure the Victoria University College of Law and Justice becomes a major player as a competitive Mooting School.


Director of Education


Sarah Di Campli San Veto

First Preference

Hi My name is Sarah Di Campli and I’m very passionate about education.
Uni life can be complicated, but it is eased with the help of experienced peers. The right kind of support could be the difference between a HD and a Fail. As Director of Education I would continue to implement the Peer to Peer mentoring program to enhance every bodies learning and support everyone though their workloads. I would also Implement exam revision and exam packs as exams are the most stressful for uni students. Giving students education support through their degrees makes a huge difference. As Nelson Mendela stated: ‘ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Thank you.

 Sasha Anne Suman

First Preference

Law Degrees are difficult and stressful. This is especially so for first year students who are thrown into the deep end and expected to learn not only what they are told to learn in class, but also how to learn. I am a huge advocate for the Peer-to-Peer Program which I have been involved in my entire uni life. As Director of Education, I will make sure that more people get involved in this wonderful program. I think this program is vital for first year students struggling to grasp the essentials of uni life to have the academic and emotional support from a fellow student who has been in their shoes not too long ago.

I would also make it my mission to organise more workshops to help students with legal research, referencing, writing their essays and to provide study and exam tips. It is also my goal to get the library stocked with more textbooks so that those of us who cannot afford thousands of dollars in books each year are not disadvantaged when the couple of textbooks in the library are checked out by other students.

I like to see people succeed and I get a huge kick out of seeing others benefit from my help. Thus, you can be sure I’ll put in the effort in this role and make sure everyone has the facilities and opportunity to do their best and get the most out of their law degrees.


Director of Equity


Rebecca Elder

First Preference

Hello, my name is Rebecca Elder and I am a fourth year Bachelor of Laws student. I am very excited in submitting a nomination for Dictum Director of Equity position. I currently hold a number of position within the University, from a student ambassador, an STM and the Project office for V4U Day. Over the pass year I have done a number of activities and course with the VU student welfare that provided me with the skills and the education to help all students from all walks of life.

I am opened mined and willing to do what it takes to create a VU family of love and support for all. To this role I would bring a smiling face, a listening ear and driven interest in all students. I want to have more women based event and team up with the VUSU Women officer for 2019, who is a law student also. I want to have a kick start program for all student, which means for student who do not have family member or friends in the legal world I would make sure you have equal opportunity to gain a strong individualised networks to kick start your career from. One thing that is at the top of my list is the block model implementation and how it effect each student with their current life style.

I do promise that if I am elected I will speak up for what the students want and I will get answer.

Joseph May-Dessmann

Hi my name is Joseph May-Dessmann.

I am currently Dictum's Equity Officer. I believe that my experience in this position will allow me to exceed expectations in this role. My time in this position allowed me to organise and run the societies first event of it's kind: the "Queer History and the Law Seminar."

Apart from the event that I have organised, I have participated in many university activities. I was a grand-finalist for the 2018 Criminal Law Moot, I have participated in open days for the university and proudly represented the school of law. If you vote for me you can be assured that you are voting for someone that knows the university and will speak up for students and any queries they may have.

I believe that equity encompasses all. No exclusions. I want this portfolio to be the place students can go to de-stress, the LGBTQI+ community can go to belong and where all minorities alike can feel that they are heard and validated.

I also want to see more events that focus on inclusion and awareness, especially for women and the fight for equality. If you are a student at VU this portfolio will represent you, no matter who you are or where you come from.

Thank you for your time. Know that a vote for me is a vote for every single student in the College of Law.


Director of Publications


Zoe Pace

Hi! My name is Zoe Pace. I am currently in my third year studying a Bachelor of Laws and Psychological Studies.

I have recently become involved with Dictum Society as an Education Officer. In my role, I was involved with the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program. While I’m not at university I can be found at Eastern Community Legal Centre where I have been volunteering as a paralegal for nearly two years. Working there has ignited my passion to help the members of our community who are going through hard times and are disadvantaged. I have developed many skills, including legal research and writing, communication and team work.

I am driven to ensure that the Victoria University College of Law community is up to date with the most recent and relevant information. I am a proactive, creative and detail orientated person. I enjoy using my creativity to design posters and flyers for various events and programs run by Dictum.

The position of Director of Publications means a lot to me, especially as it is a role that I will pursue with passion, creativity and diligence.