President's Welcome.

A letter from the President of UniSA Law Students' Association.

Patrick Schaefer

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Dear Sponsors,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to consider sponsoring the UniSA Law Students’ Association in 2020.

2020 will be our 12th Anniversary and a wonderful opportunity to be involved in promoting a vibrant student society to complement an outstanding young law school. UniSA is on an upwards trajectory and we invite you to be a part of our journey. Your investment supports our students be the most employable in South Australia with the skills and knowledge which allow them to lead and advance your businesses.

Looking back on 2019, we have witnessed a year of change marked with exciting new initiatives and outstanding successes. Owing to the outstanding quality of our teaching staff and the influence of the UniSA Legal Advice Clinic, our students achieved significant success at ALSA. We also introduced a new competition focusing on Criminal Law Sentencing which set a fantastic standard for our future competitors.

Looking forward to 2020, my vision for USALSA centres around participation, collaboration, competitions and careers.

Student participation is my primary focus. To improve the social and academic life of students and the quality of our events and competitions we need to get more students involved. My team and I have set about achieving this by bringing a deliberate strategy to marketing and promotion of our events combined with a fresh new energy.

My team and I have begun this process by reinvigorating our brand with a contemporary design to best represent our association. I am proud to introduce this to you for the first time.

2020 will bring a renewed energy with health and fitness activities as well as frequent pop-up events to dramatically improve the visibility of USALSA. We have already commenced this through a renewed presence on social media which is already receiving an excellent response from our student body. We believe there is also significant benefit to be obtained by partnering with our counterparts at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University to promote an inclusive and vibrant social culture between our members. Chief among these is the 3rd Annual South Australian Trivarsity Law Fair, and we encourage you to partner with us for the largest careers event in South Australia.

I note that there has been a renewed enthusiasm and ambition for competition. To accommodate that enthusiasm, I will look to introduce the Ivan Shearer Memorial Open Moot in memory of the late Professor Ivan Shearer AM who was a long-standing supporter of the School of Law and a keen enthusiast for competition. This competition will focus on public and international law with the view to compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. At the same time, I intend to focus on achieving additional breakthroughs at the 2020 ALSA Conference by reworking the training program for students, creating more opportunity for professional development. Our students are committed to ‘having a go’ and I believe our student association should match that enthusiasm with all the support possible to promote their success.

Finally, we intend to partner with the profession to promote career opportunities for our students, notably a barrister-shadowing program to grant students exposure to advocacy, and to clarify the entry pathway to the South Australian Bar and associateships with judicial officers. In addition, we are committed to providing students exposure to other disciplines within the profession through networking and professional development opportunities.

To achieve this plan, we ask that you continue to provide your financial and educational support that is so greatly appreciated. Generosity takes many forms and we are appreciative to all those who support us with both time and money.

Yours sincerely,