Who does he think he is?

Greetings friends, both present and future.

My name is Jayson Daniel Cooke and I am an aspiring legal practitioner, father of three, a Media/Community Relations, and Stakeholder Engagement consultant, equality advocate, critical thinker, and positive change creator.

I am presently in my penultimate year of a graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws at Griffith University, having completed a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Journalism and Public Relations in 2012.

My passions include consumer advocacy, access to justice, social justice, equality and recognition of human rights.

I have taken advantage of a number of opportunities to further develop my legal education through extra curricular activities such as legal skills competitions and community work.

In 2017 I acted as Assisting Solicitor for the Semi Finalists, and Grand Finalists of the Griffith University Law Students Association Open Moot competition.

In 2018 I participated in the every competition available to me, and achieved results including Grand Finalist in the Griffith University Law Students Association Junior Moot competition, and semi-finalist for the Open Client Interview competition.

I was selected to represent Griffith University at the Australian Law Students Association National Finals for the Witness Examination competition, and gained a wealth of experience and contacts among fellow students and legal minds from across Australia and New Zealand.

From 2017 I have been actively involved in the Griffith University Law Students Association, and was honored to serve as both Marketing Officer and Publications Officer during the Association’s twentieth year serving the Gold Coast campus.

January 2018 was my first opportunity to volunteer at the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and I jumped at the chance to contribute to their fine work. This work has been incredibly fulfilling and a fantastic means of seeing the law in practice. For my work with the centre I was awarded  Volunteer of the Month for September 2018.

When directly engaging with the law I taken on a range of projects including consulting in the design and implementation of training and development programs for customer engagement, credit control and collections, media relations, community engagement, and social media management. A notable success I was privileged to become involved in was the ‘YES” campaign for Marriage Equality in Australia.

I have been interviewed on local ABC Coast FM, 4zzz, and the Token Skeptic podcast, being a guest on ABC Brisbane’s Evenings with Katrina Davidson, featuring on ABC Southern Queensland with Robert Blackmore, and along with Dr Martin Bridgstock, being featured articles in the Courier Mail.

I’ve had work published in a number of publications, including Skeptic magazine, and  and have written on topics as diverse as same-sex adoption in NSW, the role of public relations in journalism, local measles outbreaks, the dangers of trial-by-media, the dangerous claims of a local chiropractor and the preventable death of 9 and a half month old child from eczema, treated solely with homeopathic ‘treatments’.

Education:

Currently undertaking a Graduate Entry Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations and Journalism double major) 2012

 Additional Qualifications:

Cert IV in Project Management Practice 2014

Professional Memberships:

Reason Australia (Founding Member).

Gold Coast District Law Association

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR)

Griffith University Law Students Association

Griffith University Alumni 

Yours faithfully,

Jayson Daniel Cooke

jayson.d.cooke@gmail.com

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