Congratulations to Lauren Mendes ( Manor 2005-2010) our 500th Lancing Connected member. The Lancing Connected network is growing quickly providing opportunities for OLs to connect with former classmates, obtain mentoring support and sign up to a varied programme of events.
Lauren updated us on what she is doing now: ‘After five years at Lancing College I studied for a BSc in Marketing and Human Resource Management at the University of Essex and graduated with a First Class Honours in 2013. As part of this degree I spent a year in Sydney, Australia, on an exchange program at Macquarie University. During this time I fell in love with Sydney for its culture, rich history, social scene and beaches. I was fortunate to meet kind and welcoming people from all over the world and these people soon became my surrogate family which enabled me to experience Australia through the lens of locals. Upon returning to England I realised that I missed living in Australia. I had always planned to study and practice law after completing my undergraduate degree, so instead of completing the one year Graduate Diploma in Law in London I moved back to Sydney to study the three year Juris Doctor, Masters in Law, at the University of New South Wales. Thankfully my family supported my decision and I haven't looked back! I graduated last year, completed the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted as a Lawyer in the state of NSW. My professional experience over the last four years is predominately in criminal law. I am now working full time as an Associate to a very intelligent (and brilliant) Judge who presides over criminal proceedings in Sydney's CBD. I am on the Executive of the NSW Young Lawyers Criminal Law Committee and am a Casual Academic at UNSW, tutoring in Criminal, Evidence, and Constitutional law. I also spend one evening a week doing pro bono work at a community legal centre where I volunteer in assisting and advising clients who are unable to afford legal representation and who seek advice regarding the criminal law and abuses of police powers including police misconduct and corruption. I have a passion for criminal prosecution and I am particularly interested in the way the criminal law operates concerning victims of crime, aboriginal and indigenous people and young offenders.’
Lauren would welcome contact from OLs travelling to Sydney or with an interest in criminal law. You can get in touch with Lauren via Lancing Connected.