2018 Executive Committee

The SATLA Executive Committee consists of Melbourne Law School students across all levels of the Juris Doctor program. Though we have diverse experiences and backgrounds, we are united by our shared interest in the law and sciences. This in turn drives our commitment to developing SATLA's presence and increasing the opportunities it can provide to like-minded students.

If you wish to contact a member of the committee, please do so through our central email address connect@satla.net, and address your enquiry to the relevant committee member.


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Audrey Vong

President (JD 3)

Audrey completed a B.A&Sc. in Cognitive Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with major concentrations in neuroscience and psychology. During this period, she worked in psychiatric and psycholinguistic research, eventually transitioning from subject-facing work to scripting and testing speech recognition tools. She also became interested in the legal aspects of research ethics and data collection. These experiences continue to inform her current interests in privacy, data governance and the intersection of technology and the law.


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James Hogan

Vice-President (JD 4)

James graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science in 2014, majoring in Mathematical Physics. Since then, he has worked as a Research Assistant for the Australian Scleroderma Interest Group, assisting the medical team with data management and statistical analysis. While studying at Melbourne Law School, he has often combined his scientific background with legal research, exploring the relevance of neuroscience developments to normative compliance and the ramifications of blockchain technology on international legal harmonisation. His interdisciplinary interests also include international arms control and the regulation of emergent technologies in military contexts.


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Nicholas Bernardo

Treasurer (JD 2)

Nick completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne in 2016, majoring in Accounting and Finance. Nick’s childhood interest in science fiction developed into a passionate interest in emerging technologies, and despite not having a scientific academic background, Nick keenly follows how advances in science will affect our society in the future. Throughout his JD, Nick has been particularly interested in areas where the law has struggled to keep up with the changes that accelerating technological advances deliver. His motivation to be involved with SATLA stems from his desire to increase awareness and promote conversation on these issues, which he believes our generation will face the challenge of addressing.


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Mona Zhang

Communications Director (JD 2)

Mona completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne in 2014, majoring in Microbiology. Her objective in pursuing a career in the law is to facilitate the use of the law to advance public and individual health outcomes. In this regard she has interned at the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, assisting in research, comparative legal analysis and development of policy recommendations. Her particular focus areas were genetic discrimination and direct-to-consumer genetic testing. She ultimately aspires to work in health policy or intellectual property law.


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Nicholas Gillies

Sponsorship Director (JD 2)

Nick’s interest in science and technology stems from his passion for User Interface and Experience design. During the final year of his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Nick also worked to redesign the University LMS and Student Portal infrastructure to provide a more intuitive tool that fosters social learning and communication. After completing the Melbourne Accelerator Program’s ‘Velocity Program’ in 2016, Nick deferred his start-up ambitions to pursue his long-time goal of studying the JD. His competing passions have manifested in a desire to practice at the intersection of the law and technology, and are the motivation behind his involvement in SATLA and other technology-related extracurricular activities at the law school.


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Michael Botha

Events Director (JD 3)

Michael completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and majored in Zoology. He has since developed an interest in environmental and medical law. He has interned at the Sustainability Business Clinic and most recently at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. During those internships he has actively combined his scientific and legal knowledge to provide more detailed client advice.

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Fatima Syad

Events Director (JD 2)

Fatima graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Auckland in 2016, majoring in Population Health. Her initial interest in the law was prompted by her exposure to medical ethics issues in a public health context, and the legal ramifications of such issues on medical professionals. Now having completed a year of law school, Fatima's interests have branched out to the developing technological landscape, especially in the space of IP and AI, and what this could mean legally and ethically for the providers and consumers of these rapidly growing industries.


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Sarah Watson

First year representative (JD 1)

Sarah completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at Griffith University in Queensland, and went on to complete one year of Medicine in 2016. While she still retains an interest in and passion for medicine, she found that the aspect of her degree that she enjoyed the most was the examination of law and ethics within the medical context. After taking a year-long break from study to work full-time and travel, she made the move to Melbourne to begin the JD in 2018. Ultimately, she hopes to combine her interests and experience to pursue a career in the areas of health law or policy.

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Max Slattery

First year representative (JD 1)

Max came to Melbourne from Adelaide in 2013 with a passion for studying science.  He has since completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Neuroscience and comes to MLS with a great interest in the intersection of the law and the medical sciences. He has also worked and taught in the field of neuromarketing but his interests now span the full suite of interactions between the sciences and the law.