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2021/22 Committee 

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President 
Julianna Brown
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Vice-President 
Beste Bektas 
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Secretary
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Lola-Rae Quinn
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Treasurer
Jensen Moss
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Communications Officer
Daisie-Mae Leport
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Marketing Officer
Eden Palmer
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Social Secretary
Diya Dhrona
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Commercial Awareness Officer 
Ella Wotton
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Non-Law Representative
Freya Patten
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Diversity and Inclusion Officer 
Adam Tester
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First Year Representative
Martyna Pleszka
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Negotiations Officer
Rosie Allen
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Sport and Welfare Officer
Jade Wadey
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President 
Julianna Brown

I am a final year law student and have future career aspirations as a solicitor. Having been a member of the Law Society since my first year I can truly appreciate the work the Society does to create a community amongst its members, both academically and also socially through sports and events. My priority as President this year is to ensure the opportunities we provide are as diverse as our members and their interests. University can be a challenging period for everyone so we will be an inclusive community providing access to the best professional development and social activities possible. We will achieve this through both in-person events and other media to connect and develop each of our members so that we are each able to broaden our networks and progress in our legal careers.

Vice-President 
Beste Bektas 

I am a final year law student and an aspiring commercial solicitor. Having been a committee member since my first year, I am dedicated to the society, its ethos, and the opportunities it provides for its members. My promise as Vice President is to provide extensive support to the committee and organise unique events for our members. My goal for 2021/22 is to diversify the presentations, workshops, and socials the committee organises and to ensure every member feels well-supported. University can be demanding, therefore it is my priority to ensure our members are getting involved in activities outside of their studies. Progression into the legal industry can be tough, thus as a society, we hope to provide extensive resources and experiences to help our members. I hope to achieve this by reaching out to a number of new organisations and law firms to ensure our members gain a wide-range of knowledge and skills for the next stages of their careers.

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Secretary
Lola-Rae Quinn

I am a second-year law student with the desire to pursue a career as a commercial solicitor. As Secretary, I want to support the individuals who are members of our society by creating a striking website that is well-informed and regularly updated. Additionally, by organising weekly meetings and taking detailed minutes I hope to assist the rest of the committee in their roles by ensuring that they are always aware of the relevant information. In turn, I hope this will create a seamless working environment. Additionally, I would also like to produce and sell merchandise that is appealing to all members, in order to bring the society together and create a sense of community. I will also work closely with the Bar Society Secretary to arrange insightful and beneficial events throughout the year which will generate valuable experiences for attendees. Above all, I want to ensure that the society is inclusive, engaging and rewarding for all members to help them make the most out of their degree.

Treasurer
Jensen Moss

I am a third-year law student with ambitions to pursue a career as a commercial solicitor. Alongside my studies, I work for a student housing company as a Social Media Manager and Administrator, as well as being a member of the university boat club for rowing. Within my role as Treasurer, I will strive to maintain detailed accounts of the society’s financial situation, to ensure the most efficient distribution of the society’s funds. My goal for 2020/21 is to help assist the committee in providing as many legal and social events for our members as possible, in order to broaden our member's networks and assist in their transition into the legal sector. Another key aspiration of mine is to help expand the number of organisations and law firms which the society works with. This will really enable us to cater for the broad range of aspirations that our members have and help us to better assist them with future career aspirations.

Communications Officer
Daisie-Mae Leport

I am a final year student, interested in pursuing a career as a solicitor after university, specialising in media and entertainment law. My interests outside of law include going to the gym, baking and socialising with friends and family. As Communications Officer, I aim to increase attendance of events by producing effective and engaging publicity. In addition to the current responsibilities, I would like to summarise the fortnightly bulletin on our social media and create additional posts to keep students up to date with current affairs and our sponsors.

Marketing Officer
Eden Palmer

I am a third year Law student, who wishes to peruse a career as a solicitor. I have been a member of the law society since my first year and this year I am very excited to get more involved with the society as the 2021/2022 Marketing Officer for the committee. My role will enable me to use my creative skillset to create attractive and informative fortnightly bulletins, whilst also being able to build relationships with other committee members, put forward ideas and participate in events. After being part of the society for the past two years, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience from events hosted by the society and its sponsors. I am motivated to market these events effectively, to ensure every member of the society is informed of all of the opportunities and events available to us and to ultimately help us achieve our career goals.

Social Secretary
Diya Dhrona

I am a second-year law student, wanting to pursue a career in the legal sector. My interests include tennis, guitar, music, wellbeing and meeting new people! As social secretary, I aim to ensure that there is a diverse range of events available which meet the interests of the Law Society members. I hope to run a variety of de-stressing activities throughout the year such as yoga, mindfulness and 5k runs. Hopefully the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and we’re able to plan some in-person socials including the Fresher’s Mixer and the Winter Ball. Since everybody has been stuck at home longing to go out, I aim to plan lots of activities and socials people can get involved in. These include pub crawls, BBQs, cocktail making and dinner mixers.

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Commercial Awareness Officer
Ella Wotton

I am a third-year law student with an ambition to become a future solicitor. I am drawn to the complexities and challenges that face businesses commercially and as solicitor, I want to make an impact on the future markets that shape the economy. I am hardworking, driven and further strive to make an impact on the society. As commercial awareness officer, I have plans on keeping the society informed and educated on current affairs in an engaging manner as it can be a daunting subject. Through interactive workshops and commercial awareness discussions, I hope to spread understanding for the importance of commercial awareness to the society in order to achieve future career goals. I look forward to working with our society members in organising events in order for everyone to gain vital skills for when our university journey ends.

Non-Law Representative
Freya Patten

My name is Freya and I am a 3rd year undergraduate studying Environmental Science. I am planning on doing a LLM Law Conversion at the University of Law. I am partaking this route into Law, as I aspire to be an Environmental Lawyer, and gaining experience in the area of law is something I really wanted to achieve alongside my degree. I hope to do a job in the future which will really make a difference in the world, and becoming a solicitor and helping companies to develop a better world is something that I am very passionate about. I also love helping others and seeing people fulfil their potential, and I am looking forward to helping people as the non-law representative.

My aims for the society are to increase the amount of non-law members. I plan on hosting events, with the aid of law students, to help raise awareness, and offer advice about law to those students who are not studying it as a degree. I plan on helping non-law members feel more at home in the society and to help their path become a lot easier, in terms of vacation schemes, work shadowing and training contracts.

Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Adam Tester

Hi! My name is Adam and I am the D&I officer for 2021/2022. I’m a 2nd-year student, currently working in my free time as a freelance barber and portrait photographer in Southampton and London. Ultimately, my dream is to work in the energy sector within an international law firm, allowing me to travel as much as possible. Whilst studying here in Southampton though, I am actively involved in street dance, keeping fit, and getting outdoors as much as possible. Being LGBTQ+, I understand the importance of being surrounded by a community that continuously supports those who are underrepresented. Using my knowledge from D&I events, I am committed to equipping all members with the skills needed for a successful career whilst also upholding a society that is inclusive of everyone!

First Year Representative
Martyna Pleszka

My name is Martyna and I am a second year law student aspiring to become a corporate solicitor. Outside of my degree I have a keen interest in business, charity work and reading. I have held the role of a First Year Representative since October 2020. My main objective as a First Year Representative was to be an empathetic, approachable, trustworthy and organised individual who the first years can turn to and rely on to provide them with regular updates regarding the society. I believe that I have achieved this through creating a first year group chat where I have frequently posted information about the various upcoming events run by the society and created an opportunity for the first years to message me directly with any questions they may have. In October, I will actively encourage the new first years to join our inclusive and thriving society through promoting the numerous benefits and opportunities arising from the events we organise. I am currently continuing to make every effort to ensure that the new members feel informed, supported and engaged in what the society has to offer.

Negotiations Officer
Rosie Allen

Hi! My name’s Rosie and I’m a third year Law with Psychology student. Having previously taken part in the Negotiation Competition both as a competitor and a judge, I’m so excited to be responsible to conducting the competition this year! I’m keen to give back to society members who haven’t yet had a chance to take part as I found the competition to be a really enjoyable experience and couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable skills necessary for your future career that will set you apart from other candidates. Throughout the year I hope to hold more frequent negotiations-related events that I’m sure will be of great use to all society members!

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Sport and Welfare Officer
Jade Wadey

Hello all, I am Jade and I am a first-year law student with big aspirations of becoming a commercial solicitor. Having joined the law society with hopes of becoming as involved as I can, I am extremely happy to have been able to become the Sports and Wellbeing Officer. The law society is an amazing way to understand what being a solicitor entails whilst also having the luxury of being able to join a sports team filled with a variety of people who also have similar aspirations and dreams. As the law society’s Sports and Wellbeing Officer, it is my aim to ensure that everyone is comfortable to participate as well as feel at home with our sports teams. Our sporting events are an amazing opportunity to have time away from studying whilst also promoting a healthy mind. As Elle Woods said, ‘endorphins make you happy’, therefore it is a goal of mine to ensure that our members are able to feel that they can be open about how they feel during their time at university.

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