The MCLS executive committee comprises of Melbourne Law School JD students from diverse backgrounds, united by a common interest in China and in exploring opportunities involving Australia, China and the law. The committee recently expanded to welcome first-year representatives, allowing MCLS to reach not only a broader cohort, but to bring to the forefront a myriad of fresh new ideas. This year, we also have two vice presidents sharing the administrative load.
Lachlan Smith: President
Lachlan completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne in 2015, majoring in History and Ancient World Studies. Always planning on studying law, he commenced the JD the following year. Lachlan is fascinated with Australian-Chinese relations, and how these interactions are shaping the commercial and legal landscapes of both countries. Lachlan hopes to follow these interests into a globally focused career, and has a strong desire to work in Hong Kong in the future.
JX Zheng: Vice President
JX completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne in 2015. He has also studied at the London School of Economics (LSE). JX has worked in the International Business department at China Construction Bank and as a management consulting intern at A&A Tax Legal Consulting. He completed his work experience placement at MST Lawyers and at the County Court of Victoria, which sparked his initial interest in the law. JX is currently a Paralegal at King & Wood Mallesons, a Senior Lecturer at Connect Education and a board member of the Scholarships for Australia-German Student Exchange (SAGSE), where he was previously the President of the German Australian Students’ Society (GASS).
William Zhou: Vice President
Angela Ng: Secretary and Tresurer
Virginia Holdenson: Sponsorship Director
Virginia has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and International Business from the University of Melbourne. Virginia has an interest in business in Asia and Australia-China relations. In November / December 2015 Virginia spent time at Nanjing University with the Confucius Institute learning about Chinese Language and Culture. Virginia is interested n exploring cross-border legal issues as Australia-China trade develops with the implementation of ChAFTA and other trade agreements.
Beixi Sun: Education Director
Beixi has Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Politics & International studies and Chinese Language at the University of Melbourne. She also has a Diploma of Languages in Japanese Language. Beixi speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and English fluently. Beixi has also studied at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and she has a great passion in Second Language education. Beixi currently does research work in the area of Asian Law, and has interest in pursuing a bilingual career.
Elizabeth Li: Careers Director
Yifan Gao: Competitions Director
Sof Mether: Events Director
Jenny Nguyen: Marketing Director
John Zhang: Equity and Diversity Officer