Basic information

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

(Contact for more detailed information).

Experience

April 2018–present
Cathy Stevenson & Associates | Graduate Solicitor

Assisting the principal solicitor as needed in drafting documents, research and analysis, and preparing materials for litigation, especially in irregular areas of law.

September 2017–present
OPMagazine | Managing Editor

Co-founded an online publishing organisation focused on providing genuinely balanced journalism. In addition to writing news articles and occasional opinion pieces and features and conducting interviews, Managing Editor is the second-highest role and involves managing the technical platforms of the publication (the website and communication systems), fact-checking, evaluating the assessment of data, identifying legal concerns in content (such as possibly defamatory statements and intellectual property infringements), and ensuring content is formatted consistently and accurately. This role requires the application of legal knowledge and research skills, but has also involved developing a custom WordPress theme for the website from scratch.

September 2017–present
RZZT CIC | Company Secretary

Registered a community interest company in the United Kingdom on behalf of six guarantors, and was appointed Company Secretary on registration. Responsibilities include maintaining the company registers and accounts, managing company correspondence, registering for corporation tax, preparing minutes of meetings, and advising the Company and its Directors of the Company’s obligations under British and English law.

May 2018–June 2018
DC Chambers & Associates | Solicitor

Temporary position at a medium-sized generalist firm, relieving a staff shortage. Tasks included document review, research, advising and liaising with clients, and preparation of 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 Solicitor

Performed 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. Tasks undertaken include legal research, preparation of affidavits, drafting statements of claim, liaising with government bodies, supervised interviews, drafting letters of advice, and filing office paperwork.

October 2011–March 2017
Pirate Party Australia | Various

Performed a wide range of responsibilities in various related and overlapping roles. Arranged interviews, gave interviews, and drafted press releases as Press Officer (Oct 2011–Dec 2016). Performed administrative tasks such as managing membership and registering the party for elections as Deputy Secretary (Jul 2012–Jul 2014). Researched and coordinated the development of party policy as Policy Development Officer (Jul 2013–Jul 2014). Researched and prepared numerous submissions to public inquiries conducted by bodies such as the Australian Law Reform Commission and Parliamentary Committees as Inquiries Officer (Aug 2014–Dec 2016). Arbitrated disputes that arose under the party constitution as a member of the Dispute Resolution Committee (Aug 2016–Mar 2017).

Qualifications and professional certifications

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

November 2017
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice | College of Law

Completed the practical legal training course required to be admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales. The coursework component consisted of mandatory exercises and assessments in interviewing, problem solving, drafting, advocacy, ethics and professional responsibility, civil litigation, property law, and commercial law. Electives chosen were administrative law and consumer law. Refer to Experience for work experience placement details.

December 2015
Bachelor of Laws | Western Sydney University

Covered the Priestly 11 subjects required for Australian legal practitioners, in addition to mandatory studies in alternative dispute resolution, basic jurisprudence, and commercial transactions law (which included consumer law and bankruptcy among others). Electives chosen were intellectual property law, 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 2012
Bachelor of Music | University of Western Sydney

Completed studies in performance, composition, 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 intellectual property. Supplemented studies in music with electives in professional writing, linguistics, literature, history, culture and philosophy.

Other courses

In addition to the above qualifications, completed the following short, assessed massive open online courses (‘MOOCs’):

August 2017
International Law in Action | Leiden University

December 2016
Introduction to American Law | University of Pennsylvania

September 2016
International Human Rights Law | Université catholique de Louvain

Computer skills

Typing speed: approximately 80 words per minute. Capable with Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems, and office suits 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.