Fleur Knowsley - Lives in the Law - Victoria Law Alumni Speaker Series

Fleur Knowsley - Lives in the Law - Victoria Law Alumni Speaker Series

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Event type: Seminars

18 December 2018 from 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm 18th Dec 2018 12:30pm 18th Dec 2018 1:30pm

Socrates Room - Old Government Buildings (GB238)

Fleur Knowsley, Senior Counsel, Google Inc, San Francisco VUW Law Graduate, Class of 2003

Places are limited, RSVP essential - law-events@vuw.ac.nz
A light lunch will be provided

Who helped open doors for you as a young lawyer? I was lucky enough to have many supporters early on in my career, all of whom have been incredibly influential. The two who provided the biggest (and scariest!) open door are Allen Parker and Tim Cameron who recruited me to the New York Law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore during a trip to New Zealand. Everything else has followed from that critical meeting where I actually asked them “So, I’m probably going to London, why should I come to New York and work for you?” In hindsight, a bold and naïve move!

What’s a stand-out memory from your time at Law School? Being randomly called on to answer tough questions during Professor David McLauchlan’s contract classes! Do the reading! Fantastic preparation for everything the US has thrown at me.

What are three career highlights? One from each location:

  1. In Wellington, while at Kensington Swan, being given the opportunity to write numerous articles for publication and present papers during key conferences.
  2. While in New York, having to work with US law enforcement on an insider trading case.
  3. At Google in the Bay Area, being on a team that has been instrumental in advocating to improve access to high speed broadband.

Why is supporting current and future Victoria Law students important to you? My law and economics degrees from Victoria are the foundation of my entire career and I’m proud to have such practical, useful and well-respected qualifications. The ability to pay that forward and support the next generation of young Kiwi lawyers is something I’m really excited about!

What piece of advice would you give a 2018 law graduate? Relationships are everything. Form them, be active in maintaining them, treat them with care and love. Treat every interaction as a future job interview—you never know where you’ll be or how the connections will work out. Kiwis can do anything!

The Fleur Knowsley Law Scholarship was established in 2017 by alumna Fleur Knowsley (Class of 2003), to provide financial support to New Zealand’s brightest young law students experiencing disadvantage. The scholarship will provide financial support to a 200- or 300-level LLB or LLB(Hons) student who meets the criteria, to ensure they are able to continue their law degree at Victoria.