INTERVIEWS

SOF HAY

Sof is a Fourth Year Bachelor of Commerce & Laws student at Monash University. Sof was the President of Monash Law Student's Society in 2020 and was awarded the Monash Most Inspiring Woman of the Year Award for her outstanding efforts in supporting law students during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Sof is also the co-founder, Secretary and Treasurer of the Regional Education Support Network (RESN), a not for profit organisation providing tutoring services to regional and rural students. Sof’s personal drive to excel and her passion for improving student experiences is extremely admirable and inspirational. Sof highlights the benefits of seeking out both legal and non legal opportunities for better equipping ourselves with useful and transferable skills. Sof also stresses the importance of resilience and communication within law school. Amongst many other things, Sof currently works as a paralegal at a commercial firm.

 

To learn more about Sof and her work:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sofiya-h-561073123/

 

Content referenced in interview: Monash Law Student Society: https://www.monashlss.com Monash Law Review: https://www.monash.edu/law/news-and-events/publications/monulr Regional Education Support Network (RESN): https://www.resn.org.au

AMANDA HICKEY

After 25 years of experience as a paralegal, Amanda Hickey studied law remotely through Deaking University. She has since had experience in 'every area of law, except tax'. Amanda is currently working as a Senior Associate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and has her own mediation business, Evoke Mediation. Amanda shares with us the challenges and highlights of the diverse roles she's had, her advice to law students starting out and her view on the future of the legal industry. We are inspired by Amanda's positive outlook on the future of law and emphasis on developing interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.

 

To learn more about Amanda and her work:

Website: evokemediation.com.au

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandahickeyllbmediator/

 

Content referenced in interview:

Bill Eddy - Family Law specialist, Co-Founder High Conflict Institute

Wesbite: https://www.highconflictinstitute.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-eddy-bba98a1b/

Books by Bill Eddy: The Future of Family Court: Structure, Skills and Less Stress; It's All Your Fault!:12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything; High Conflict People in Legal Disputes; and Managing High Conflict People in Court

PETER DOMBKINS

Peter Dombkins is an industry leader in legal transformation and legal operations. Currently Peter works as the Director of NewLaw at PWC, as well as an Adj. Associate Professor for the Faculty of Law UNSW,. While accumulating many other accolades over the years, Peter has had an unconventional career journey. Hear about how he got to where he is now, his thoughts on the future of the legal industry, and how he thinks law students of today can be better equipped for the future of law.

 

To learn more about Peter and his work:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterdombkins/

 

Content referenced in interview:

TheLegalForecast - https://www.thelegalforecast.com/

Australian Society for Computers & Law - http://auscl.org/

Australian Legal Technology Association - https://alta.law/

Australasian Legal Practice Management Association - https://www.alpma.com.au/

Corporate Legal Operations Consortium - https://cloc.org/ 

Thomson Reuters State of the Market Report - https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en/press-releases/2020/january/2020-report-on-the-state-of-the-legal-market-from-georgetown-law-and-thomson-reuters-legal-executive-institute.html

Altman Wiel - http://www.altmanweil.com/