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Outstanding performances at NZLSA Conference

4 September 2011

A successful NZLSA conference came to its conclusion on Finals Saturday 3rd September with outstanding performances from everyone.

Rob Clarke and Alex Boock from the University of Otago won the Russell McVeagh Client Interviewing Competition.

Josh and Tom English from the University of Otago won the Buddle Findlay Negotiation Competition.

Tiho Mijatov and Hannah Drury from the University of Otago won the Bell Gully Junior Mooting Competition with Best Speaker in this event awarded to Finn Lowery from the University of Canterbury.

Jermir Punthakey from the University of New South Wales won the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination.

Benedict Tompkins and Matthew Beattie from the University of Auckland won the Mooting with Best Speaker awarded to Benedict Tompkins.

The President's Cup, awarded for overall performance was won by the University of Otago.

Congratulations to all contestants and winners. The Law Faculty and the 2011 NZLSA Committee acknowledge and extend thanks to many legal practitioners and Faculty of Law staff who were able to take time out during the week from their busy schedules to judge the preliminary rounds.

Thank you goes to the High Court, Hamilton, for its assistance on the Saturday and those in the legal profession for offering their time to judge the Finals on the day including The Rt Hon Justice Tipping, Supreme Court; Hon Justice Young, Supreme Court; Hon Justice Ellen France, Court of Appeal; Hon Justice Paul Heath, High Court; Warren Pyke, Barrister; Christine Grice, Harkness Henry Lawyers; Lesley Elvidge, Russel McVeagh; Brendan Cullen, McCaw Lewis Lawyers; Dr Mary Simpson, Waikato Management School; Scott Barker, Buddle Findlay and Andrew Horne, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.

The Education Forum ran an interesting discussion by Professor Margaret Wilson, Tim Macindoe MP and David Farrar titled "Electoral Law Reform: Lessons learnt from MMP, its future and alternate voting systems".

Conference Team with Judge Tipping

Conference Team with Judge Tipping

Margaret Wilson speaks at the Education Forum

Margaret Wilson speaks at the Education Forum

Justice Tipping and Guest with Dean Morse

Justice Tipping and Guest with Dean Morse

Final night

Final night