A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate has been appointed as President of the Sunshine Coast Law Association (SCLA).
Pippa Colman & Associates solicitor Jessica Popple takes on the presidential role having completed university a few years ago and says she had set herself the goal of presidency as a second-year student.
“I definitely did not anticipate that it would happen this early in my career, but I am so excited to be the first SCLA President to have graduated from USC,” she said. “While at university, I looked up to past SCLA presidents, such as Trent Wakerley, Pippa Colman and Samantha Bolton, and decided that I wanted to be someone that could help our local practitioners, and more broadly, those from other regional locations.”
Jessica was named one of Australia’s top 10 female law students in her final semester at USC for her efforts to promote equality in the legal profession. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2018 after completing a double degree in Arts and Law at USC.
Deputy Head of USC’s School of Law and Society, Dr Dominique Moritz, said USC’s law graduates were integral to the local community and it was wonderful to witness their achievements.
“We are very proud of Jessica’s success and her recent appointment because it reflects the hard work and commitment she displayed throughout her time at USC,” Dr Moritz said.
Jessica helped advocate leadership roles for women while at USC as a member of the Australian Law Students’ Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and USC Law Students’ Association.