Where can your law degree from ANU take you? Whether you have your next steps planned or you're still figuring them out, you can equip yourself with the knowledge to better succeed by listening and speaking to those who were in your position not too long ago in this alumni career panel.
This session's panellists are:
- Hollie Kerwin, Deputy Managing Lawyer, Economic & Social Rights Program at Victoria Legal Aid;
- Tess Kelly, Project Officer, Research and Policy at Danila Dilba Health Service;
- Dan Trevanion, Associate at Clyde & Co; and
- Annika Reynolds, Founder of GreenLaw and ANU Law LLB (Hons)/International Security Studies student (Moderator)
If you have wondered what you can do to prepare yourself for your career or if you have questions about our panellists' university and professional lives, this discussion is for you. Our alumni will share their experiences, provide advice and give you their perspective on life as an ANU graduate.
Note: This event is open to ANU Law students, recent graduates and prospective students.
Hollie Kerwin, BA LLB (Hons)'10
Hollie Kerwin is the Deputy Managing Lawyer of the Economic & Social Rights Program at Victoria Legal Aid. Prior to her current role, she worked at Human Rights Law Centre as a Senior Lawyer. She has also worked with the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, as an Associate to Her Honour Justice Susan Kenny in the Federal Court of Australia and as the Research Assistant to the Chief Investigators in the development phase of the Court as Archive Project application.
She graduated from ANU with first-class honours and was awarded the Blackburn Medal for her Honours thesis.
Tess Kelly, BA LLB (Hons)'16
Tess Kelly is the Research and Policy Officer at Danila Dilba, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Darwin, where she is focused on progressing legislative and policy reforms to address systemic issues clients face that cut across the health and legal systems.
Tess is also a 2020 Sir John Monash Scholar and plans to study a Masters of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School to further develop skills and knowledge regarding health justice collaboration, law and policy development
During her time at ANU, Tess was recognised as the 2014 Undergraduate Student Volunteer of the Year. Among Tess's achievements was the introduction of an Indigenous reconciliation project between ANU and the Mutitijulu Aboriginal community near Uluru in the Northern Territory, which sees students from John XXIII College travel to Mutitijulu and working in the community's arts centre, day care centre and the school.
Tess and her family also established the John Skipper Kelly Fund ('JSK Fund'), a charitable trust fund in memory of her late father to support disadvantaged youth to develop skills to drive social change. Tess coordinates fundraising events, including completing several ultra-marathons to raise funds for this cause. She is currently organising a gala Ball 'the JSK Ball' in Sydney in May to celebrate the 10th year of the JSK Fund.
Dan Trevanion, BA LLB (Hons) '17
Dan Trevanion is an Associate at Clyde & Co, where he specialises in construction disputes and international arbitration. In May 2020, he was awarded Lawyers Weekly's 30 Under 30 Award for Construction and Infrastructure.
He co-chairs the ANU Alumni committee in Sydney. He is also the Director of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, Company Secretary of the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership and Program Director at the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law.
He graduated from ANU in 2017. During his studies, Dan was part of the ANU's Jessup Moot and Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition (Tokyo) team, President of the ANU LSS and President of the Australian Law Students' Association (ALSA).