Conference Speakers


Ursula Cheer

Dean of Law, University of Canterbury

Ursula Cheer graduated LLB with Honours from Canterbury Law School in 1982 and practiced as a lawyer for six years. She then moved to Wellington as a speech writer to the Minister of Justice and later became legal advisor to the Prime Minister.
In 1989, Ursula moved to the United Kingdom and spent a year completing her Masters degree at Cambridge University, in which her thesis was on Censorship. Appointment in the UK civil service followed, as a Senior Legal Advisor to the Lord Chancellor, in the UK Law Commission.
In 1994, fed up with the English weather and the long queues, Ursula returned to New Zealand, where she took up appointment as a Lecturer in Law at Canterbury Law School.
Ursula completed her PhD in 2009, on the possible chilling effects of our defamation laws on media in this country. She specialises in Media Law and is author of Burrows and Cheer on Media Law in New Zealand (7 th ed). Ursula also has a regular slot on National Radio talking about media law issues. She was appointed a Professor at the University of Canterbury in 2012 and became the first female Dean of the Law School in 2016.


Joy Liddicoat

Centre for Law and Emerging Technologies, University of Otago

Joy is a barrister and solicitor whose primary research interest is human rights and technology. Prior to joining the faculty Joy was Assistant Commissioner (Policy and Operations) at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, responsible for oversight of policy and technology related research and advice and managing the Commissioner's investigations into alleged interferences with privacy.
Between 2011-2014 Joy coordinated a global campaign for the Association for Progressive Communications, working with human rights defenders in the United Nations Human Rights Council, developing Internet related human rights curricula and publishing related research. A Human Rights Commissioner for eight years, Joy was responsible for research on women's rights, national human rights institutions and led the Commission's 2010
inquiry into the experiences of transgender people in New Zealand. Joy is a member and Vice President of InternetNZ which is responsible for domain name policy for the country code top level domain .nz


Reysa Alenzuela

Senior Law Librarian, The University of the South Pacific Emalus Campus

Reysa Alenzuela is currently the Senior/ Law Librarian of the University of the South Pacific Emalus Campus (School of Law), Republic of Vanuatu.
Reysa was a Post Doctoral Fellow (PhD Research in Library and
Information Science) from Kyungpook National University in 2015-2016 under the National Institute for International Education Development Korean Government Scholarship Program. She graduated in Doctor of Philosophy from University of Iloilo in 2007, Master in Library and Information Science specializing in Archives Administration from the University of the Philippines- Diliman in 2003, Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Library Science from University of San Agustin in 1998.
Prior to joining USP, she was an Expert Manager at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan acting as Instructional Coordinator and working on the development of research and scholarly communications and had been the Director of Thomas Jefferson Information Center US Embassy Manila 2007-2013. She has been a faculty/ adjunct lecturer in Library and Information Studies (Bachelor’s degree, Master’s and PhD) in the Philippines and in South Korea. Her researches focus on Advocacy, Open
Access, Information Literacy, Academic Integrity, UN 2030 Agenda and LIS education. She is currently member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of South Pacific Law. She has worked with the Association of University Libraries in Kazakhstan on IFLA’s International Advocacy Program to build capacity and raise awareness of librarians in Central Asia about the libraries
role in UN 2030 Agenda including countries Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.


Rebecca Anwyll

Senior Information Analyst, Deloitte

Rebecca is a marketing superstar! As a senior information analyst at
Deloitte, she uses her skills to promote and market the services of her team to the wider business. She answers research requests on a daily basis, alongside keeping people up to date.


Theresa Buller

Subject Librarian for Law and Criminal Justice

Theresa Buller RLIANZA, ALIANZA is currently a Subject Librarian for Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. With a background in public libraries and an MLIS degree Theresa is passionate about helping students to succeed both at University and in their future careers. Theresa is also currently Vice-President of the New Zealand Law Librarians Association, co-editor of the New Zealand Library and Information Management Journal and Convener of the 2019 NZLLA Conference.


Simon Chamberlain

Manager Information Service, Deloitte

Simon is a manager in the Information Service at Deloitte. He’s previously worked for the Cabinet Office, as a law subject librarian at Victoria University, and for Clifford Chance in the UK. He’s focused on coordinating the team’s training programme. Outside of work he likes long runs up Wellington hills.


Jarrod Coburn

Portia Law

Jarrod Coburn is CEO/Kaiwhakahaere of Ebborn Law Limited (trading as Portia). He has a background in general management in a range of areas from the community and NGO sector, to central and local government and private industry. Jarrod is an accomplished public speaker, adult educator and business mentor. He holds a Bachelor of Tourism Services Management
and a Masters of Management Studies from Victoria University Wellington. Jarrod’s speciality is organisational design and he is a regular commentator on legal practice management, with a guide to this subject published by NZCLE under his name.


Xiaowei Ding

Learning & Teaching Development Adviser, University of Auckland

Xiaowei Ding is currently a Learning and Teaching Development Adviser at Libraries and Learning Services at the University of Auckland looking after the Science portfolio. With a background in law librarianship Xiaowei previously worked in the Inland Revenue library for 5 years and Davis Law Library for 6 years during which she was heavily involved in the legal research teaching. Xiaowei has started to transition into science to extend her other subject expertise since June 2019.


Erin Ebborn

Portia Law

Erin Ebborn is Director and Principal Lawyer of Ebborn Law Limited (trading as Portia). Her career in law has spanned 20 years and she is regarded as a highly-skilled senior member of the family bar. Erin has served as an executive officer of the NZ Law Society Family Law Section and the Women’s Consultative Group, and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Erin has moved into a legal management role within Portia, mentoring and supporting junior lawyers and managing a burgeoning legal
team. She was a contributor to the recently-released book Feminist Judgments of Aotearoa New Zealand and her career reflects a commitment to a feminist approach to law, in particular providing equality of arms and access to justice for vulnerable members of society. Erin gained her law degree from Canterbury University and has stood as a list and electoral candidate for the Labour Party in two elections.


Michael Hawks

Liaison Librarian, QUT Library

I am an academic librarian, through which I have learned the importance of being able to understand how information literacy impacts within different disciplines - especially law! I am always looking for the opportunity to turn a wide variety of interests into work related tasks (though this is mostly to justify spending all day googling picture of dogs in hats).


Bridget Irvine

Formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Otago Legal Issues Centre

Dr Bridget Irvine is a graduate of the University of Otago, having completed an LLB and BSc(hons) and then her PhD in forensic psychology. Bridget has a strong interest in applied research, and has been investigating ways the lessons from the social sciences can be harnessed to benefit the legal profession. Bridget was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre, and her most recent project considered how technology might be integrated into New Zealand’s civil courts, and how to
make sure this technology does not bar some New Zealanders from accessing civil justice.


Katie Lang

Subject Librarian, Monash University Library

Katie is a Subject Librarian at the Monash University Law Library. She works closely with both students and faculty to create and deliver learning content and provide specialist research support. Katie was born and raised in Christchurch and obtained her MLIS from Victorian University of Wellington before living and working abroad in the UK and Australia. She has worked in a number of accounting and law firm libraries as well as in special libraries and universities in New Zealand, the UK and Australia.


Madelin Medlycott

Research & Reference Librarian, Crown Law Library

I am a government law librarian and am very passionate about supporting members of the GLAMR community, particularly students and other new graduates. I enjoy helping others to grow and develop professionally and pairing this with my love of gamification so that people can learn in a super fun way. I am excited about sharing my own legal research knowledge with
others so that they can see that the world of law librarianship isn’t scary and that anyone can be part of these specialised libraries.


Annette Messell

Learning & Teaching Services Librarian, UNE Library

I am an academic librarian who is always looking for ways to help and inspire student and new graduate librarians to take a step out of their comfort zone. I’m interested in the experiences of new librarians, as well as the tools and strategies they use to upskill on-the-job. Having been through the steep learning curve myself, I know that finding the law can be difficult for those without a law degree – I’m motivated to help new librarians navigate the world of law librarianship in a fun, memorable, and interactive way.


Karen Randall

Liaison Librarian Law and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast

I am currently the Liaison Librarian, Law and Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. My career began in 1982 as a secondary school teacher in North Queensland teaching subjects such as Shorthand and Typewriting (on manual typewriters) which no longer exist! I obtained my Bachelor of Education in 1989 and a Graduate Diploma in
Teacher Librarianship in 1997. Working for 20 years in state education (Head of Department, Teacher Librarian, Accounting Lecturer at CQ University), 10 years in private schools (Head of Information Services) and now enjoying university libraries my professional landscape as certainly changed. The winds of change continue to challenge my professional landscape as our University rapidly becomes multi campus.


Nicky Rawnsley

Learning & Teaching Development Adviser, University of Auckland

Nicky Rawnsley is currently a Learning and Teaching Development Adviser at Libraries and Learning Services at the University of Auckland looking after the Law portfolio. With a background in law librarianship Nicky has previously worked in a Law Society library and a corporate law firm library and holds a MLIS degree. Nicky has held various positions in the NZLLA executive (Vice President, President and Membership services coordinator) and is currently the Immediate Past President and member of the 2019 Conference organising committee.


Lynne Taylor

Professor, University of Canterbury

Lynne Taylor is Professor and Deputy Head of School at the School of Law, University of Canterbury. She also co-chair of the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee. For the past six years, Lynne and Professor Ursula Cheer have led a national longitudinal study of the New Zealand law student experience, funded by Ako Aotearoa. Lynne’s other research interests are company and insolvency law. Her most recent book is
Corporate Law in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters, 2018), jointly edited with Professor Susan Watson. Recent teaching related publications include “The New Zealand Law Student Experience” [2018] New Zealand Law Review 693, “Student Engagement in Second Year Programmes in New Zealand Law Schools” (2017) 27 Legal Education Review 1 and “Ethnicity and Engagement in First Year New Zealand Law Programmes” (2916) 36 Higher Education Research Development 1047.


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