Basic information

Born: 1991 | Queanbeyan NSW Australia
Contact: mozart@olbrychtpalmer.net
Address: NSW 2756 Australia

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Experience

October 2018–present
Western Sydney University | Research Assistant

Assisting Dr Zhiqiong June Wang with research into new anti-corruption mechanisms in China, comparisons with anti-corruption strategies in authoritarian and socialist states, and on dispute resolution in China.

April 2018–present
Cathy Stevenson & Associates | Graduate Lawyer

Assisting the principal solicitor at a small firm by drafting and reviewing documents, conducting research and analysis, and preparing materials for litigation. Drafting of affidavits a particular area of expertise, along with research relating to less common areas of law, such as minority shareholder oppression, bankruptcy contributions and child support adjustments.

September 2017–present
OPMagazine | Managing Editor

Multi-faceted role at a small publication encompassing the creation and review of journalistic materials, fact-checking, evaluating the assessment of data, identifying legal concerns (such as possible defamatory statements and intellectual property infringements), managing technical platforms (website and communications systems), and ensuring consistent and accurate formatting of content. Extensive application of legal knowledge and research skills, in addition to technical knowledge in developing and maintaining the website.

September 2017–present
RZZT CIC | Company Secretary

Registered a community interest company in the United Kingdom on behalf of six guarantors, and appointed Company Secretary on registration. Requires the management of company records (registers, accounts, correspondence and minutes), communication with Government agencies, and advising the Company and its Directors of the Company’s obligations under British, English and European Union law.

May 2018–June 2018
DC Chambers & Associates | Solicitor

Temporary position at a medium-sized generalist firm, relieving a staff shortage and managing approximately 20 client files. Primarily involved in reviewing documents, case law research, advising and liaising with clients, and preparing wills and property transaction documents (such as leases and conveyances). Areas of law included property law, wills and estates, trusts, and family law.

May 2017–November 2017
Cathy Stevenson & Associates | Trainee Lawyer

Performed and received training in research and drafting relating to a wide range of general legal matters including regulatory compliance (NDIS registration), family law, company law, bankruptcy, motor vehicle collisions, public liability insurance claims, and wills and estates. Successfully applied strong skills in research and drafting (affidavits, statements of claim and letters of advice), liased with government bodies, conducted supervised client interviews, and filed office paperwork.

August 2016–March 2017
Pirate Party Australia | Arbitrator

Resolved disputes between members and concerning the interpretation of the party’s constitution as part of a three-person committee. Applied legal knowledge regarding the interpretation of contracts and developed dispute resolution skills, as well as drafting rules of procedure and process management.

August 2014–December 2016
Pirate Party Australia | Inquiries Officer

Coordinated the preparation of 17 submissions to public inquiries (16 as author or co-author) conducted by the Australian Law Reform Commission and various parliamentary committees and government bodies on a diverse range of legal and political matters. These included submissions on laws relating to national security, counter-terrorism, intellectual property, freedom of information and open government, implementation of treaties, telecommunications, human rights and civil liberties, and federal elections. Was also an ex officio member of the Policy Development Committee, and co-authored policies on intellectual property, prison reform, and foreign affairs.

October 2011–December 2016
Pirate Party Australia | Press Officer

Arranged interviews, acted as a spokesperson, drafted press releases, and coordinated media efforts. Developed leadership skills as the leader of a press team, and the ability to work under pressure with extremely demanding deadlines. Also co-authored eight submissions to public inquiries relating to intellectual property, treaty implementation and freedom of information during this time.

July 2013–July 2014
Pirate Party Australia | Policy Development Officer

Coordinated the development of high-quality evidenced-based policy as leader of the Policy Development Committee, covering areas including constitutional reform, intellectual property, education, energy, the environment and climate change, animal welfare, privacy, and tax and welfare. Also oversaw the preparation of 11 submissions to public inquiries on matters such as intellectual property, human rights and civil liberties, industrial relations, international law and electoral law.

July 2012–July 2014
Pirate Party Australia | Deputy Party Secretary

Administrative role assisting the Party Secretary in fulfilling the requirements and obligations of Commonwealth electoral law, issuing notices of meetings, preparing schedules and agenda, managing correspondence, recording minutes, and maintaining registers and records. Co-managed the successful audit of the party’s register of members that led to the party’s registration as a federal political party.

Qualifications and certifications

March 2018
Admission as a Lawyer | Supreme Court of New South Wales

Eligible for an Australian practising certificate.

November 2017
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice | College of Law

Practical legal training course for admission as a lawyer in New South Wales. Coursework component consisted of mandatory exercises and assessments in interviewing, problem solving, drafting, advocacy, ethics and professional responsibility, civil litigation, and property law and commercial law practice. Electives chosen were administrative law and consumer law.

December 2015
Bachelor of Laws | Western Sydney University

Completed the Priestly 11 subjects required for all Australian legal practitioners, and additional mandatory studies in alternative dispute resolution, basic jurisprudence, and commercial transactions law (including consumer law, bankruptcy, and related areas). Electives chosen were intellectual property, international law (public, environmental and climate), law and public policy, wills and succession, jurisprudence, and comparative law. Received First Year High Achievers Award for excellence in the first semester.

December 2015
Bachelor of Music | University of Western Sydney

Completed studies in music performance, composition and theory, musicology, and sound technologies. Acquired a range of additional skills, including preparation of presentations and conducting research, as well as preliminary skills in business operation and knowledge of intellectual property. Supplemented studies in music with electives in professional writing, linguistics, philosophy, literature, history and culture.

Other courses

August 2017
International Law in Action | Leiden University

Short assessed online course providing an overview of the primary international judicial and arbitral institutions, and their operation.

December 2016
Introduction to American Law | University of Pennsylvania

Short assessed online course providing an overview of American common law, including constitutional law, torts, contracts, criminal law and civil procedure.

September 2016
International Human Rights Law | Université catholique de Louvain

Intensive online course covering international human rights instruments, enforcement mechanisms, historical development, and jurisprudential issues.

Computer skills

Typing speed of approximately 85 words per minute. Capable with Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems, and office suites such as Microsoft Office, iWork and Open Office. Competent with the LaTeX typesetting language, and familiar with HTML, CSS, Javascript, Liquid, PHP and Python languages.

Hobbies and interests

Early English literature, history, photography, model-building, genealogy, software development, writing, and Formula One racing.