|Positions Held||Auditor; |
|Sessions on Committee||162nd |
|Other UCC Positions Held||Grey Team Lead, Cork Worlds|
John Beechinor is a third year Law (Clinical) student at UCC, and spent his third year on work placement with McGuire Desmond Solicitors in Cork and William Fry Solicitors in Dublin. He is Auditor of the 162nd Session, having announced his candidacy only hours after the opening of nominations.
He was the External Vice-Auditor of the 160th Session and, following the resignation of Danny Kelly, also held the position of Recording Secretary by co-option. He may have been the first Philosoph committee member to have held more than one elected position at a time. He is an alumnus of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, where he was Chairman of the Debating Society for 2007/2008 and finished runner-up at each of the three major schools competitions in Munster.
John won the prize for best floor speech during the open session at the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Debate of the 159th Session, a meeting at which former Philosoph member Patrick Kiely also won a prize for his speech. He has also spoken before the house as a replacement for a guest speaker at the Sixth Meeting of the 160th Session, proposing the Legalisation of Euthanasia, and chaired the Sex & Equality Debate during the 160th Session in the absence of the Auditor.
In competitive debating, John is well known for "doing the rounds" and speaking with multiple partners: 22 at the most recent count.
John's younger brother, Tom Beechinor, was Chairman of the CSN Debating Society in 2009/2010.
Competitive Debating involvement
- Finalist: John Smith Memorial Irish Mace 2011 (Partner: Sean Butler)
- Finalist (Breaking 10th): Trinity IV 2011 (Partner: Gearoid Wrixon)
- Finalist (Breaking 3rd): Galway National Law Debates 2011 (Partner: Mark Haughton)
- Runner-up: National Maidens' Debating Competition 2009
- 7th on Tab European Universities' Debating Championships 2011
- Finalist: UCC Law Society Gold Medal 2010
- Finalist (Breaking 2nd): Nottingham Open 2010 (Partner: Cliona Ashe)
- Finalist: William Francis Lynam Mace 2010 (Partner: Anne O'Donovan)
- Finalist: William Francis Lynam Mace 2009 (Partner: Alanna Landers)
- Finalist: Munster Colours Debate 2008 (Partner: Luke Harris)
- Semi-finalist (Breaking 7th): UCD IV 2010 (Partner: Sophie Scannell)
- Semi-finalist: John Smith Memorial Irish Mace 2009/2010 (Partner: Kieran Murphy)
- Semi-finalist (Individual): Irish Times Debating Competition 2010/2011 (Second round partner: Sophie Scannell)
- Semi-finalist (Individual): Irish Times Debating Competition 2009/2010 (First round partner: Becky West)
- Semi-finalist (Breaking 5th): Durham IV 2009 (Partner: Maureen Haverty)
- Quarter-finalist (Breaking 3rd): European Universities' Debating Championships 2011 (Partner: Sean Butler)
- Quarter-finalist (Breaking 2nd): Trinity IV 2010 (Partner: Mark Collins)
- Quarter-finalist: John Smith Memorial Irish Mace 2009 (Partner: Aengus Ó Corráin)
- Top Novice Speaker on tab: DCU Open 2009
- Top Pro-am Team on tab: DCU Open 2009 (Partner: Kieran Murphy)
- Participant: World Universities' Debating Championships 2011 (Partner: Sophie Scannell)
- Participant: World Universities' Debating Championships 2010 (Partner: Maureen Haverty)
- Participant: European Universities' Debating Championships 2010 (Partner: Becky West)
- Participant: European Universities' Debating Championships 2009 (Partner: Becky West)
- Runner-up: Sean Lydon Memorial Mace 2008 (Partner: Cian Cassidy) CSN
- Runner-up: Munster Schools' Debating Competition 2008 (Partner: David Jones) CSN
- Runner-up: Munster Schools' Mace Debating Competition 2008 (Partner: Cian Cassidy) CSN
- Final and Semi-final judge: National Maidens' Debating Competition 2011
- Final judge: Cork Open 2010
- Final judge: Cork Invitational 2010
- Final judge: All-Ireland Schools' Debating Competition 2011
- Semi-final judge: UL Open 2011
- Semi-final judge: Cork IV 2010
- Semi-final judge: Cork IV 2009
- Semi-final judge: National Maidens' Debating Competition 2010
Minutes delivered as Recording Secretary:
- Minutes 160 AGM
- Minutes 160 2 - Lisbon Treaty Debate
- Minutes 160 12 - Questions & Answers
- Minutes 160 13 - Stem Cell Research
- Minutes 159 13 - SPC Debate
John played for the Philosoph in the 7th Annual Philosoph Lawsoc Grudge Match.
He was leader of Grey Team at Cork Worlds 2009, situated in ORB Delta (3rd floor) during debates and in the Clarion Hotel each morning.
John also served on the Law Conference Sub-Committee during the 79th and 80th Sessions of the Law Society.