Founding Committee

SATLA was established in 2016 by Dr Andrew Christie alongside a founding committee of JD students.

Jessica McMurray

Jessica completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine (majoring in Human Structure and Function) and a Diploma of Music (Practical) at the University of Melbourne in 2014. She was invited to join the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria in 2017 after submitting a paper regarding the interaction between medical advancements and the law. Jessica graduated from the JD in 2017 and accepted a graduate position at a top-tier law firm. As a founding committee member of SATLA, she wanted to showcase the unique perspective that those with a science and technology background bring to legal issues. She continues to promote networking opportunities for such graduates through her connections within the legal profession.

Niraj Singh Mahraur

Niraj was inspired to get involved with SATLA based on his professional experience dealing with legal issues in his previous career in banking infrastructure engineering.  He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from NTU, Singapore and after completing his JD, he is currently pursuing a career in the field of IP Law.

Sean Gilmartin


Andrew Williams

Sean came to Melbourne Law School with a desire to combine his interest in law with the experiences he acquired in his past life as a chemical engineer. Getting involved in SATLA gave him with the opportunity to explore the intersection of these areas and help build a forum for other like-minded law students. Sean is now a lawyer at Allens where he seeks to apply his knowledge of science and engineering to commercial legal issues. You can find out more about Sean here.

Before the JD, Andrew completed a Bachelor of Science (Genetics) and a Masters of Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne. It was during those programs that he became interested in the commercialisation of science. His Masters thesis was on how researchers could create their own patent landscape for targeted research in the RNAi-mediated pesticide space. Andrew’s future career aspirations are to work in a commercial law space helping small-scale and university researchers bring their discoveries to market. While at Melbourne Law School Andrew was heavily involved in the LSS and being part of the inaugural SATLA committee was a natural fit.

Tess Kirkinis

Tess studied the Bachelor of Biomedicine and Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. At Melbourne Law School, Tess worked with the Founding Committee to establish and grow SATLA and took particular interest in innovation, commercialisation and its intersection with the law as well as coding, and organised  events on those areas. During Law School, Tess gained experience working in a number of legal practice areas including in Competition, Intellectual Property, Technology Media and Telecommunications, Project Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions at top tier law firms and was also a Research Assistant at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. During Law School, Tess was also on the Advisory Board of the Growing Tall Poppies Program (a program designed to promote the study of Physics among female high school students) and won the Melbourne Law School and KWM Hackathon. Tess is now working as a Lawyer in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Capital Markets team at Allens.