John Beechinor

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John Beechinor
Positions Held Auditor;
External Vice-Auditor;
Recording Secretary
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.

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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.