The new members will serve as vice presidents in Wellington, Central North Island, and Auckland
The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has unveiled three new members of the board.
Ataga’i Esera, Caroline Silk and David Campbell were elected to sit on the board as the vice presidents in Wellington, Central North Island and Auckland, respectively, during a council meeting held last month after newly elected president Jacque Lethbridge assumed office. The new board members will work alongside Lethbridge and returning vice president Frazer Barton.
Esera is currently the director of Family Law Specialists in Porirua. A family law expert, she has represented numerous clients, including children, the elderly, parents, and whanau before the Family Court.
She is a family law section representative of the Law Society in Porirua and an advisor for the grants and scholarships committee of the Borrin Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that supports legal research, education, and scholarship across New Zealand.
Silk was once president of the Law Society’s Taranaki branch. She co-founded the New Plymouth-based social enterprise Legal Plus, which provides affordable legal and wellbeing services in Taranaki. She is also an accredited mediator.
She specialises in labour and employment, general civil law and criminal defence. She was previously with Auld Brewer Mazengarb and McEwen as a partner, and also worked at EMA Central (now Business NZ).
Campbell is a partner and member of the dispute resolution team at Dentons Kensington Swan. He has extensive expertise in competition law, product liability, liability insurance and trust disputes. He also handles major multi-party litigation and class actions.
He recently served as the president of the Law Society’s Auckland branch and was once a member of the organisation’s Women’s Advisory Panel.