Dictum Society

2017/18 Nominations

Welcome to the list of nominees for Dictum Society positions in the 2017/18 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 26 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


Jasmine Alcon 

I am a penultimate year student at Victoria University (‘VU’) of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree. This year, I was the Director of Education for Dictum Society.

In my role as a Director, I organised the Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program, assessment workshops and facilitated a Teaching and Learning Working Party, which focused on research for the changing study environment at VU. I, also, took the initiative to work outside of my role as a Director. For example, I assisted in the publication of the Careers Guide, organised the Book Exchange, supported the administrative side of Moot Competitions and frequently provided submissions to the Obiter. I have provided general assistance to university events such as Orientation Day and Open Day. Through my experience, I believe I have the capability and skills to lead Dictum Society in 2018.

My primary objectives, if I were to be President, includes:
- Focusing on the commercial aspect of the legal profession, and increasing the accessibility to apply for Seasonal Clerkships, Traineeships and Graduate roles within the commercial atmosphere;
- Enhance student engagements by considering our diverse student cohort, and catering events and programs to student needs;
- Maintaining and strengthening the society’s relationship with the faculty;
- Expand the variety of sponsorships to include more law firms and professional service firms;
- Retain Dictum Society’s reputation of being the highest performing college society at VU; and
- Provide support to each Committee Member and to our by helping and assisting them throughout their term in Dictum Society.


Vice President


Georgia Murphy

First Preference: Vice President | Second Preference: Director of Equity

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Marketing). This year I was the first Marketing Officer for Dictum Society.

A large part of my role as Marketing officer was to communicate with members about events and actives that were taking place, both inside and outside of the university. I have also established an ongoing relationship with a hairdressing business within Melbourne’s CBD that offers Dictum members an exclusive discount on their services.
In preparation for this years law ball, I liaised with many businesses in close proximity to the City Queens campus and organised promotional discounts for Dictum members who were attending.

In addition to this I mentored three first year students, assisted in the book exchange and increased Dictum Societies social media presence.

If elected as Vice President, I believe I would be able to effectively communicate with all Dictum Society members as my friendly yet professional personality allows me quickly build rapport with those that I work with. I will also focus on providing the President with the support required to maintain Dictum Society’s reputation within the University.

I can honesty say that becoming involved in the Dictum society has been one of the most rewarding things I have done during my time at VU. I look forward to working alongside the committee and providing students with more opportunities.


Secretary


Temiloluwa Oladiji

First Preference: Secretary | Second Preference: Director of Education

I am in my second year, currently studying a bachelor of Law and Business, while majoring in Accounting in my business degree. I am very organised, methodical and prompt in my dealings. I have a great eye for detail and I endeavour to do my work to the best of my ability.
I am currently the secretary of the AFISS society so I have extensive experience in organising meetings, maintaining records and communicating information to other members of the society.
I look forward to working with other members of the committee to ensure that the organisation of Dictum society flows smoothly and efficiently.
Temi.


Celil Kardaslar

First Preference: Director of Activities | Second Preference: Secretary

No statement provided.


Katia Ercoles

First Preference: Secretary | Second Preference: Director of Education

I am currently in my first year of my Bachelor of Laws degree. I have been actively involved in Victoria University since commencing my studies and I have volunteered with the Vollies program, Dictum Society events, the Sir Zelman Cowen Centres Leap into Law program along with much more.
The First Year Law Students Committee was very much an experiment from start to finish. However, from my role as the executive officer within the sub-committee, I developed strong a strong skill set in relation to the roles of secretary and treasurer. Along with also learning the policy and procedure that are used within Dictum Society.
I would hope to be able to develop strong organisational and technological advancements within Dictum Society to assist in streamlining processes and also creating more accessible avenues of information for new members.
I can bring strong organisational skills and a friendly and positive attitude, as well as a commitment for excellence to the society. I would hope to develop on my communication skills within this role and develop an even stronger network between the society and sponsor.
Victoria University is the fourth tertiary institution I have enrolled at, I can bring an understanding of other university processes and student association roles in order to better reflect and improve on Dictum Society in the future.
I would look forward to working with both the executive and general committee members in maintaining and moving Dictum Society forward into next year.


Treasurer


Lucas Sall

First Preference: Treasurer | Second Preference: Director of Equity

Upon 2018, I will be in my second year of a full-time Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Double-Degree) I have chosen to apply for the 2018 position of Treasurer and will outline my reasons below.

I have an ongoing interest in the betterment of student life here at VU and have thus chosen to apply for the position to do so. I have an interest in growing and perfecting my already average skills in budgeting, management and student representative involvement and believe that in this position I will be able to do so.

I have relevant experience in regards to my previous position as an assistant manager for a small-time store in my home state which required me to fulfill the relevant skills (aforementioned)

Thank you.


Jake Langdon

First Preference: Treasurer | Second Preference: Director of Equity

I am in my final years studying a bachelor of laws and bachelor of business (financial risk management) at Victoria University (VU). I am very excited to be applying for the position of treasurer of the Dictum Society (Dictum). I am looking forward to the opportunities’ and challenges of potentially being involved in Dictum. This opportunity will allow me to play a larger role within the university, and have a positive impact on my fellow students’ experiences’ at VU.

I currently sit on the committee of management of my local community center. We have regular meetings to discuss the management of the center and arrange fundraising events and activities for the community.

During my time at VU I have taken part in a number of fundraising and charity events, which I hope to do for Dictum over the coming year. I am a motivated and organised individual, and look forward to applying and further developing my organisation skills. After studying a finance major and spending time on a committee I feel the experience in both these areas has given me the skills too efficiently and effectively assist Dictum in the position of treasurer.

I believe I can effectively manage the society’s finances, assist in strategic planning and fundraising, to ensure Dictum can keep providing wonderful assistance to students and achieving their mission.


Director of Activities


Celil Kardaslar

First Preference: Director of Activities | Second Preference: Secretary

In 2017 I have had the privledge of being an activities officer under Bol's administration. During this I have learnt important things in organising activities during an academic year and our often to organise one . One of our main achievements was having a successful Law Ball, our team managed to advocate effectively in selling more then 100 tickets in a new venue. If elected I would try to have more activities in a semester that brings a cross section of people. I would try to target people who have not heard about dictum before and try to get them involved as well as maintaining our current base. I hope to be effective and efficient in bringing activities that are unique and also timely. My experience in running a sucessfull campaign in 2 federal elections with the honourable Tim Watts MP demonstrates my level of achievement. I hope you all realise this and vote for me this time around, no matter who wins I hope we all continue in being the students voice.

Celil Kardaslar


Director of Careers


No nominations


Director of Competitions


Elizabeth Breaz

I am currently in my second year studying Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University.

Earlier this year I participated in the Junior Moot, placing second in the competition. In my first year, I also participated in the P2P Mentoring Program. I have been a member of Dictum Society since the beginning of my degree. In addition to this, I am currently working with Amnesty International in their ‘Individuals at Risk’ program.

During my time participating in the Junior Moot 2017, I have garnered experience which will allow me to have an insight on the role I am nominating for. This experience has allowed me to further my public speaking, team work, leadership, and communication skills.

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 student can network and build character.

If I were elected as Director of Competitions I will implement the following;

- Continue the Junior Moot, Senior Moot, Criminal Law Moot and the Negotiation Competition. In addition to this, to improve these programs even further I will have a policy where students can approach me with further ideas which I can then implement.
- Work with the University to introduce a ‘Family Law Moot’.
- Implement a ‘Moot Club’ where students will meet regularly to practice their mooting skills for the moot competitions, or for subjects like ‘Advocacy’, ‘Introduction to Public Law’ and ‘Interviewing and Negotiations skills’.


Director of Education


Temiloluwa Oladiji

First Preference: Secretary | Second Preference: Director of Education

I am in my second year, currently studying a bachelor of Law and Business, while majoring in Accounting in my business degree. I am very passionate about Education as I understand its value to our society. I was involved in the P2P mentoring program, a program which helped my transition from high school into university easier. I would love to be involved in the continuation of this program as well as other programs hosted by Dictum such as the exam workshops.
I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. Unfortunately, the stress of education (amongst other factors) can impact negatively on mental health, which could then impact negatively on learning. I would love to work with other members of the committee, as well as the R u OK movement, to create awareness of this issue. I would also love to support students affected in maintaining a good balance between work, uni and other areas that may affect mental health.
I look forward to working in harmony with other committee members and establishing new initiatives to make Education more fun and engaging.
Temi.
 


Katia Ercoles

First Preference: Secretary | Second Preference: Director of Education

I am currently in my first year of my Bachelor of Laws degree. I have been actively involved in Victoria University since commencing my studies and I have volunteered with the Vollies program, Dictum Society events, the Sir Zelman Cowen Centres Leap into Law program along with much more.
Along with the above, I am also the creator and administrator of the Facebook group, 'Victoria University First Year Law Students of 2017'. This group has grown to over 200 members and is a well-regarded resource amongst first year law students for access to event reminders, assignment reminders, academic resources and much more.
I would hope to develop better access and awareness to the resources that Victoria University actually has for student educational support, as well as developing the programs that are currently identified under the education portfolio. I would hope to be able to implement more programs and more access to programs for students, particularly students who study more via distance education. I live two hours from campus and I believe that we could greatly increase the resources available to students who do not hold strong access to the university campus each day.
I would look forward to working with the other portfolios within Dictum Society in order to create and develop highly regarded initiatives for law students throughout their degree.
 


Hannah Smith

First Preference: Director of Education | Second Preference: Director of Equity

I am currently a third year Law/Arts student at Victoria University.

I have participated in various activities on campus such as the Junior Moot, the P2P mentoring program (as both a mentee and a mentor), and was a sub committee member for the equity portfolio in 2016. In addition to this I am also involved in an Amnesty program called Individuals at Risk.

I believe the education portfolio is extremely important to the law campus, especially the first year law students. I believe that in the current climate that sharing of knowledge is more important than ever.

In my role as a mentor in the P2P mentoring program, I have mentored several students which has allowed me to further develop my leadership and communication skills.

If I were to become the Director of Education I would implement the following:

- Run an educational seminar on how to correctly reference and find primary and secondary sources.
- Continue the P2P mentoring program.
- Run exam preparation sessions for first year students and beyond.
- Work in collaboration with the equity portfolio to provide students with support on their mental health.
- Work cooperatively with the other portfolios to benefit the law campus as a whole.
- I will have an open door policy for any students within the law campus to approach me on ways of improving the implementation of the education portfolio.


Director of Equity


Georgia Murphy

First Preference: Vice President | Second Preference: Director of Equity

No statement provided.


Hannah Smith

First Preference: Director of Education | Second Preference: Director of Equity

I am currently a third year Arts/Law student at Victoria University.

I have participated in various activities on campus such as the Junior Moot, the P2P mentoring program (as both a mentee and a mentor), and was a sub committee member for the equity portfolio in 2016. In addition to this I am also involved in an Amnesty program called Individuals at Risk.

When I was on the subcommittee for the equity portfolio it allowed me to have an insight on the portfolio itself and garner knowledge of the programs that the Director of Equity implemented.

I am very passionate about social justice and human rights and I believe that they are of the up most importance at the law campus. If I am elected as the Director of Equity I will implement the following:

- Celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism across our campus eg. Diwali and multicultural week.

- Celebrate International Women’s Day with various activities on campus. In addition to this by implementing a ‘Women’s Leadership Club’ which will discuss issues such as the gender pay gap and proportional representation and identify organisations both political and corporate that have an affirmative action policy.

- Implement a ‘Rainbow Club’.

- Run activities on RU okay day and support students with their mental health.

- Run activities on VU Pride Week.

- Provide students support with their exams. E.g handing out exam preparation packs.

- Make students aware about all of the support systems that Victoria University has to offer.


Brittany Reiner

In 2017, I was an Activities Officer under the supervision of Justin. I assisted Dictum Society with Orientation Day, the Second-hand Book Sale and the development of the very first Picnique. I have also been involved with the Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program, as a mentor and a mentee. One of my greatest passions is social justice and the reason I am studying law is to create a difference in our society for those who need it the most. Therefore, I am nominating myself for the Director of Equity.

If I am elected Director of Equity, I would like to work with the committee to:
- Run activities to promote mental health and wellbeing;
- Establish a free legal clinic on campus that is run by qualified lawyers who volunteer their services to help Victoria University students who need legal assistance;
- Establish a complaints system for law students to express their grievances against staff or other students;
- advocate on behalf of students who may have had their rights infringed by another student (Bullying victims, where the perpetrator is another student at the College of Law and Justice).
- Provide exam and study assistance to those who are feeling disadvantaged in their studies due to factors which may be out of their control (language barriers, mental illnesses, homelessness).
- Run exam help stalls for students in the weeks leading up to exams. I would aim to have these stalls include: study tips from students; snacks; bottles of water; and stationary.


Jake Langdon

First Preference: Treasurer | Second Preference: Director of Equity

No statement provided.

Director of Publications


No nominations