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First Year Representative Positions
First Year Juris Doctor students can (and should!) get involved with the Blackstone Society, and there are a number of ways to do so, including Academic Mentoring, Blackstone Sports, Blackstone Advocacy, being an associate in our senior competitions and more.
Each year the Society also holds elections for first year Juris Doctor students to join the Blackstone Committee. These positions offer unparalleled leadership opportunities, exposure to the law school and faculty, increased contact with legal professionals, and the unique opportunity to contribute and influence the future direction of the Society.
The positions available
***Nomination Link is at the bottom of this page***
The election process for the 2019 First Year positions will commence in the first couple of weeks of Semester One. There are five elected positions available, and one appointed position. These are the first year Careers Representative, first year Competitions Representative, first year Education Representative, first year Social Representative, first year Wellness Representative, and first Year Marketing Representative (appointed). Each position sits within the respective Sub-Committee, which is outlined here.
Brief descriptions of each of the elected positions available are below, however you are welcome to discuss your nomination with members of the Blackstone Executive (President and Vice-Presidents) to find out more information about the specific responsibilities and opportunities that each position offers.
Careers Representative: The Careers Representative plays a crucial role in connecting law students with career opportunities, helping to organise the Perth Law Careers Fair (one of WA’s largest annual legal events), and multiple Presentations and Workshops. The Careers Representative will also assist in managing Blackstone’s relationships with a large number of law firms and other external organisations.
Competitions Representative: The Competitions Representative will work with the Competitions team to help organise the two exclusively First Year competitions run by Blackstone in 2019. As the First Year Representative you'll have the opportunity to bring your own creativity and experience to the role, while learning invaluable skills about the competitions that you run. Please note: The Competitions Representative will not be eligible to compete in internal competitions in 2019.
Education Representative: The Education Representative acts as the primary point of call for educational concerns for the First Year cohort, developing close relationships with Faculty, particularly those teaching first year units. You'll be the go-to first-responder for educational issues and will be an advocate for your year group to Committee, Faculty, and the University at large. The Education team also works to coordinate Blackstone’s largest semester 1 event, Dinner Debate.
Equity Representative (appointed): The Equity Representative assists with the organisation of a number of events and initiatives, including WILMS, Blackstone Mentoring Network, Blackstone’s volunteering efforts, and much more.
Social Representative: The Social Representative helps organise some of the biggest events on campus including the Courtyard Shows, the Law Ball and Cocktail Party. A significant amount of administrative and compliance work goes into organising all of Blackstone's events, as does a great deal of creativity and style, and you'll be involved at every step.
Wellness Representative: Law School can be tough and the Wellness team works to make law school an enjoyable and more relaxed experience. The Wellness portfolio coordinates a number of major initiatives, including You’ve Been Served, Wellness Weeks, the Juris Dogtor Picnic, Fountain-side Wellness Chats, Mindfulness Mondays and more.
Marketing Representative (appointed): The Marketing Representative will assist with the production of Blackstone’s many marketing and advertising campaigns. This ranges from the creation of Facebook and Instagram marketing campaigns, to the filming and editing of promotional and how-to videos. The Marketing team also contributes to the design of Blackstone’s numerous publications. Experience with inDesign and/or Canva would be useful, although is not necessarily essential.
The Nomination Process
To nominate for one of the above positions, please fill in the form below. Nominees must be financial members of the Blackstone Society, and must be in their first year of law school, either part time or full time. Mid-year JD entrants from 2018 are eligible to nominate.
Nominations Open: Monday 4 March 8 am
Nominations Close: Saturday 9 March 11.59 pm
The Election Process
Elections will be held at the beginning of the 10am Criminal Law Lecture in the Weatherburn Lecture Theatre on 11th March (week 3).
Successful candidates will be announced at the First Year Dinner, held on Friday 15 March 2019 (tickets released Tuesday 5 March!)
Candidates can only be successful for one position. Candidates who apply for multiple positions and are successful for more than one position will be asked to choose which position they prefer. The position they do not choose will revert to the second preference on the ballot if an elected position.
FIRST YEAR JD ELECTION REGULATIONS
Campaigning is strictly limited to a one minute speech immediately prior to the vote being held.
Social Media may not be used as a campaign platform at any time.
The 2019 Blackstone Executive is responsible for the Election process, and interpreting and applying these rules. Any act or determination will be final and conclusive, and the Executive is empowered to void a candidate’s nomination.
Further rules may be added at any point with no notice.
If you have any questions, please email Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please ensure that you have read the entirety of this page before nominating*