The ANU College of Law has again featured strongly in the annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, with 10 current students, recent graduates and alumni among the finalists announced this week.
The awards, which aim to recognise and celebrate excellence in law and legal practice, are considered among the most prestigious in Australia, and cover 32 categories, representing lawyers from firms of all sizes but also students, academics, support staff and managers within the legal sector.
One student and nine alumni of the ANU College of Law are finalists in the 2016 awards, including nominations in the coveted categories of Innovator of the Year, Partner of the Year and Law Student of the Year.
Speaking on the announcement of this year’s finalists, Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said the nominations demonstrated the diversity and value of the College’s approach to legal education.
“As in previous years, it is pleasing to see the ANU College of Law feature so strongly in the 2016 awards.
“In addition to reflecting the excellence of law at ANU, this year’s finalists show the considerable versatility offered by a legal qualification from the ANU.
“Whether in Australia’s largest law firms, the private sector, not-for-profits or innovative start-ups, our alumni continue to make substantial contributions, and achieve success for themselves, their employers and their clients,” Professor Bottomley said.
2016 Lawyer’s Weekly Australian Law Awards - ANU College of Law Finalists:
> Innovator of the Year
Anthony Lieu – LegalVision (BComm ’14, LLB ’14)
> Business Development Professional of the Year
Anthony Lieu (BComm ’14, LLB ’14) - LegalVision
> General Counsel of the Year
Ashe-lee Jegathesan (LLB (Hons) ’92) - Vocus Communications
> In-house Lawyer of the Year
Michael Johnston (MPubPol (Hons) ’08) - Westpac
Kimberly Statham (GDLP ’10) - Carnival Australia
> Law Student of the Year
> Partner of the Year
Niranjan Arasaratnam (BEc (Hons) ’91, LLB (Hons) ’92) - Allens
> Young Gun of the Year
Charlotte Yellowlees (GDLP ’12) - Salvos Legal Humanitarian
> Special Counsel of the Year
Ian Gordon (BJapS ’98, LLB (Hons) ’98, GDLP ’00) - King & Wood Mallesons
Michelle Keen (LLM (Hons) ’06) - Herbert Smith Freehills
James Morris (GDLP ’03) = Norton Rose Fulbright
The winners of the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards will be announced in Sydney in September.
BY TIM GRAINGER