Waikato Practitioners’ Evening
On Friday 2 August, Te Hunga Roia Māori and Te Piringa Faculty of Law hosted a Practitioners’ Evening at the Deloitte Centre in Hamilton.
The well-attended evening was hosted by THRM executive member and Partner at Deloitte, Leon Wijohn, who delivered the first presentation, explaining large firm recruitment processes, and encouraging law graduates to consider careers in large professional services firms.
Former Waikato law student Melissa James shared some ‘work stories’ based on her experience as a Judges’ Clerk for a number of judges in the Rotorua District Court, and later as a Public Defender in the criminal courts. Another former Waikato law student, Terry Kopua, spoke of his experience working in family law, and the benefits of working in a smaller firm. Rachel Hall, an Associate in McCaw Lewis, provided some honest and heartfelt advice about the rhetoric and the realities of trying to achieve work-life balance as a mother of three young children.
It was an excellent opportunity for students to hear first-hand experience from those working at different levels in a range of legal fields. There is a strong possibility that this will become a bi-annual event.
Organisers of the event, Ana Jefferies of O’Sheas, Barristers and Solicitors; Whetu Taukamo of the property development firm, Greenstone Group; and Mylene Rakena, Māori Liaison Co-ordinator at Te Piringa Faculty of Law gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors: Te Piringa Faculty of Law, O’Sheas, Te Hunga Roia Māori and Deloitte.
Linda Te Aho (Associate Dean Māori and Senior Lecturer – Te Piringa Faculty of Law), Willow-Jean Prime and Leon Wijohn (Partner – Deloitte)
Aidan Warren (Partner – McCaw Lewis Lawyers) and Matiu Dickson (Senior Lecturer – Te Piringa Faculty of Law)