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by Professors Richard Sutton, John Smillie and Mark Henaghan. They had such enthusiasm for their subjects and inspired such interest in their students that one could not fail to be spurred on to greater things. By the end of Legal System, and with a reasonable pass, I knew the lawwas for me. I embarked on a mix of second- year Law subjects withmy Arts choices; that combination continued until my graduation with LLB and BA degrees in 1987. I was lucky enough to have secured a job that I started on the Monday after my Friday Jurisprudence exam and, after only having been admitted for three days, I foundmyself acting as Duty Solicitor in the absence of the rostered person, and taking instructions on a rubbish bin in the waiting room of the District Court, in relation to a variation of bail conditions. For the next 14 years I worked for a small firm, as a sole practitioner, for a mid-sized firm and then Caudwells, where I worked with and for two more great inspirations in Frazer Barton and (now) Justice Peter Churchman, as part of the firm’s Litigation team. I continued doing Duty Solicitor work, conducting defended hearings, bail applications, name suppression arguments and the other tasks required of a jobbing criminal lawyer in the 1990s. In 2001, after nearly six happy years at Caudwells, and havingmarriedmy English husband, we moved away from my beloved Dunedin so that he could take up a job in Christchurch with what is nowWorkSafe. Leavingmy alma mater behind, not to mention friends and family, was a huge wrench, but looking back on 20 years of practice in Christchurch, it was well timed and worth the risk. I initially started out in a locumposition at Layburn Hodgins filling the criminal and civil litigation spot of an Associate who had taken leave to travel. The Associate decided not to return, the job became permanent, and I spent the next five years working primarily in the criminal area and regularly conducting jury trials and honingmy Youth Advocate skills. In 2006, a phone call came that would change my direction for the better. Now both District Court Judges, Raoul Neave and Gerard Lynch were at Riverlands Chambers and called to say that a vacancy was pending there that would see Riverlands have seven barristers for the first time in its history – if I agreed to join. This was something I had been toying with for some time – not because of unhappiness where I was, but because of an innate desire to be my own boss. After a weekend angsting I conveyedmy decision and worked out my notice. Joining Riverlands changedmy outlook on the law. By the time I joined I had been in practice for almost 20 years, and I was looking for a different way forward for the years ahead – some expansion of my practice into more of the areas that interestedme, and a little less of the cut and thrust of the District Court. I foundmy niche at Riverlands andmy only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. Since I joined in September 2006, four of the barristers who were there at the time have been appointed District Court Judges, and three of us remain together now, with some younger additions, still flying the Riverlands Chambers flag. There is a special bond amongst Chambers colleagues, and I have had the benefit of that, and still enjoy it now. Those who have departed to the Bench and for other ventures keep in touch andmaintain an interest in Chambers matters. Short of my husbandmaking me move again, I think this is where I will endmy career, hopefully in a lot of years’ time. I still do some jury trials, but have expandedmy practice to include inquests, Courts Martial and other work that interests and invigorates me. I also now teach, with a Police contract to teach advocacy to prosecutors at the Royal New Zealand Police College. I love the role andmy career to date has equippedme well; I have, over 34 years, seen the best and worst of prosecutors. Looking back my time in practice, I know that my Otago Law School experience very much shaped the lawyer I have become. The friends I made, the experiences I had, the teachers who imparted their wisdom and knowledge – all have contributed to my longevity in the Law, instilling inme at an early stage a fascination especially for the criminal law, and piquingmy interest in human rights, access to justice and the contribution of the profession to wider society. I amproud to be an Otago Law School graduate. I still champion Dunedin, Otago, Otago University and the Highlanders, at every opportunity. I am extremely grateful for the time I had at Otago and for the teachers who instilled that desire inme to practice law and to be the best I could be. I continue to encourage every young person I meet to ignore the overtures from other universities and go south for their education. Otago. My alma mater. Blue and gold forever. O T A G O L AW M A G A Z I N E  11 F E A T U R E “Looking back my time in practice, I know that my Otago Law School experience very much shaped the lawyer I have become.”

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