Dear Fellow Law Students,
My name is Daniel Escudero and I am running for the position of President of the Inns of Court Society for the 2017/2018 school year. Perhaps I have met some of you on campus, or in class, or in a mooting competition. If not hopefully we can have a chat one day.
Before I get into outlining my manifesto, I’ll first start by answering the most obvious questions you may have. You’re probably asking yourself, “Why should I vote for you?” and “What are you going to bring to the table?” Those are great questions and I would probably be asking the same questions too if I were in your position.
So why vote for me? Let me first start out by highlighting some of my credentials that I’ll bring to the role of President if elected. Like many of you, I came to Southampton Law School with the goal of becoming a successful lawyer. I decided to pursue a career in law because I’m passionate about the subject matter and how it impacts every single facet of our world. I’m always up for talking about legal issues with anyone, especially on contract or criminal law. I also have a passion for public speaking and I like debating my point across. It’s especially exhilarating to argue a case eloquently before a judge.
As a candidate, I consider myself to be extremely outgoing, coupled with my charisma and self-confidence. I consider myself to be a good leader and an even better public speaker. But I’m also a pretty humble person. If you asked me for help, I’d go out of my way to give you the shirt off my back to help you out. I’ll never turn someone away if they need my help. That’s what makes me who I am.
I also consider myself to be extremely organized, reliable, dependable, and above all approachable. I also have impeccable communication skills in which I can formulate my thoughts and ideas clearly to different audiences.
Aside from being a law student, I also have experience in mooting. For example, I recently won the Southampton Speed Mooting Competition along with three other first year students. We went on to represent Southampton Law School at the Inter-Varsity Speed Mooting competition held in February of this year where my Junior Counsel and I made it to the quarter-finals. This was an amazing experience and one that I’ll always remember.
Secondly, I also took part in a Southampton Law School Open Day this past March where myself and another student presented a contract case in front of aspiring young applicants who are currently in the midst of applying to university. As a mooter, I presented to the audience a synopsis of the case and introduced some of the legal terminology used by lawyers in arguing their submissions. It was another amazing experience in which I was able to share my passion of law and public speaking to a wide audience.
I also take pride in some of my leadership skills that I have developed over time. I have experience managing and running different events and projects. For example, back in my home country of Canada, I raised over $5000 in charitable donations towards a local charity that supported abused and batter women and children by hosting a live concert at a small venue in Toronto. This concert featured young local musicians and artists from the Toronto area. Our donations were able to help this local charity provide relief, mentoring and counselling support to disadvantaged Toronto women and children who have fallen victim to domestic abuse and violence.
Furthermore, I have experience in being part of a society. I previously held the position of Social Secretary for the North American Society where I created, hosted and ran several society events. I have experience working with a team and within a budget to get an event off the ground. I’m not new to the whole concept of running a society, and I know through experience the amount of work, dedication, and time involved in actually running a society. So you’ll definitely be in good hands with me in that sense.
So what can I do for you then if elected as your President of the Inns of Court Society for the 2017/2018 school year? If elected I would push for the following initiatives:
- More mooting clinics, especially for first year law students.
- I propose to have first year law students attend mooting clinics run by the Inns of Court in which they can practice basic mooting skills such as: writing a basic skeleton argument, putting a script together, using authorities, using the proper etiquette language, etc. These clinics would help them on the finer details of a moot.
- This would be a great way for first year law students to know what they can expect in their first year compulsory moot and practice moot by providing them with some advice. It’s also a great way to increase public speaking skills
- Greater participation in the speed mooting competition.
- For some students, there was considerable issues with the speed mooting rounds in general. Some were deterred from going due to issues of time, location, lack of confidence, or other commitments. I would work to help eliminate these issues by making participation in the speed mooting competition as simplistic and stress free as possible by working with mooters, student judges, and the University to find times and locations that are more suitable for participation.
- Continued sponsorship and growth with legal providers such as Nexis Lexis and Westlaw.
- I would work to continue to foster sponsorship relations with current sponsors such as Nexis Lexis for future events such as the Inter-Varsity Moot, as well as brining in different sponsor such as Westlaw or JustCite.
- Plan trips for members to magistrate courts in Southampton.
- I would propose the creation of trips to court where Inns members could go to a magistrate’s court and sit in on an actual court hearing. This would give them greater exposure to the law and to see first-hand what it entails.
- Work with the social secretary to plan a pub night.
- This would be a great opportunity to unwind and get to know some of the new committee members and members.
If elected as your 2017/2018 Inns of Court President, I will do my best to work with you, and for you, in every way that I can. So when the day of voting comes, remember to vote for Daniel Escudero as President.