As part of the project's commitment to recognise the work of our volunteers, whose dedication is relied upon, each team leader has been asked to nominate one outstanding volunteer for 2016. These volunteers will be showcased over the next four weeks.
Hear from Rosie below:
I decided to join the Law Reform Team because I was interested in politics and public policy and I think young people should have more of a say in Government decisions.
As part of the team, I have submitted on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill and the Healthy Homes Bill this year. These are both issues I am interested in and had it not been for WCJP I would have been less inclined to learn more about them, let alone influence the decisions the Government makes with regard to them.
Making submissions to Select Committee is a way in which students can ensure decisions are made with the interests of young people and other groups within the community in mind. Writing on behalf of other groups within the community is also a nice way to put skills learnt at law school to good use, making sure affected groups who would not otherwise submit will be well represented.
The skills I’ve gained in second year papers have been really applicable to writing submissions and also presenting them. Submissions are written in legal writing style and it’s important to understand Parliamentary process to be able to make a worthwhile submission. Public Law and Legal Research, Writing and Mooting, have therefore been really useful.
Joining CJP was also a really good way to alleviate second year anxieties. The team is really supportive and helpful and they acknowledge that everyone needs to juggle other commitments when completing submissions. This has meant I can volunteer without compromising work and sport commitments. CJP has given me more of a sense of community at law school and taken the competitive nature away from my study by giving me a practical use for skills learnt.
I would highly recommend joining the WCJP law reform team. It has not only given me valuable experience in terms of writing and communicating, but also has allowed me to meet like-minded people and contribute to Government decisions I’m interested in.
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