Law Careers Event Event as iCalendar

28 July 2015

6 - 7:30pm

Venue: Algie Lecture Theatre

Location: Faculty of Law

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Ever wondered which sector of law is most suited to you? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Act as a voice for those who have been wronged? Perhaps you want to be part of an industry-leading corporation? Or all of the above! Reflecting on your career drivers and motivators is a crucial step towards starting your career off on the right foot and helping to fast track your success.

Hear first-hand from industry experts in commercial law, public sector, social justice, courts and in-house organisations, on what it is like to work in their chosen sectors.

Open to law students from all years, our speakers will enlighten you on how workplace culture, underlying values and personal characteristics can help to shape the success of your law career.

Networking opportunities with speakers and law professionals will be available after the presentations – use this opportunity to pick their brains about how they found their niche and what type of people thrive in their sectors.

Click here to RSVP to this event. Open to University of Auckland law students – Bring your ID, as it will be scanned at the door.


Meet Our Speakers

Linley Bell-Galbraith - Commercial Law

Human Resources Manager - Kensington Swan

Linley is an HR Manager and Registered Psychologist with experience in at least five of the big eight corporate/commercial law firms in New Zealand.  She has been involved in both graduate and professional staff recruitment for four of these firms and is currently the HR Manager at Kensington Swan.  She has read thousands of graduate cover letters and CVs, and interviewed hundreds of candidates so knows what attributes employers are looking for from law graduates.  She has a passion for the legal industry and seeing law graduates reach their potential within their chosen career, most recently at Kensington Swan.  She is an Otago University Graduate, but don’t hold that against her.

Major Sue Hay - Social Justice

Director of Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit - Salvation Army

Sue believes her guiding purpose is to be a facilitator of hope, healing and change. Born in the Waikato, Sue has spent much of her adult life in the South Island. However, in January 2014 Sue returned to the North Island to join The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit, taking up the role of Director in 2015.

Supported by good coffee Sue has fulfilled her guiding purpose through 25 years of ministry with The Salvation Army. Initially she held parish roles with her husband, then they spent two years as regional youth officers in Otago-Southland.

Feeling compelled to work with the 'least, lost and lonely' Sue requested a transfer to Salvation Army Addiction work. Beginning as a Chaplain in Christchurch Sue went on to train as an Addiction caseworker and held a variety of roles over 12 years, including leading the Christchurch Salvation Army Addiction Services for three years following the Christchurch earthquakes. This leadership through three years of momentous change led to innovations in programme delivery to better match the emerging needs for addiction treatment within the broken city.

Sue is passionate about influencing others to think and live justly so we can all experience hope, healing and change.

Matthew Scoltock - In-House Legal Team

Senior Consultant in Tax - Deloitte

Matt graduated from the University of Auckland in 2013 with a BCom/LLB, winning the Meredith Connell Prize in Corporate Finance Law in his final year.  He started as a graduate in Tax at Deloitte in February 2013.  He is currently a Senior Consultant in the Transaction Services team, specialising in M&A and property transactions, tax structuring and corporate tax advisory work.

Rowena Smith - Public Defence

Lawyer - Public Defence Service

Rowena studied at the University of Waikato and then began her legal career at a law firm in a small city where she worked for 5 years gaining experience in many areas of law including family court, civil litigation, conveyancing and criminal law. She is now employed as a junior criminal lawyer at the Manukau Public Defence Service, where she has currently worked for two years. The Public Defence Service is the largest national criminal legal practice in New Zealand providing representation to legally aided clients and duty lawyer services throughout NZ.

Nana Matenga - High Courts

Court Manager - Auckland High Court

There are 105 staff who work at the Auckland High Court who support the 30 resident High Court Judges, this includes the Chief Justice and the Chief High Court Judge who both have chambers in Auckland.  Nana has been Court Manager of the Auckland High Court since 2010. Previous to this, Nana was the manager of the Civil Section at the Auckland District Court and then the Auckland High Court.  Nana has also worked at the Ministry's National Office in Wellington.

Nervous about networking? Want to make a good impression? Attend one of our FREE workshops to ensure you’re ready for this event.