More than 50 students from the ANU College of Law were recognised for their outstanding achievements in the 2015 academic year at the College’s Annual Prize ceremony on 3 March.
Over 80 prizes, sponsored by national and local law firms, Australian Government agencies, staff members and College donors, were presented by distinguished lawyers, academics and guests.
Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said the ceremony celebrated the most outstanding of a very talented cohort of students.
“The students receiving these awards have taken advantage of everything that a top 20 law school like ours has to offer,” Professor Bottomley said.
“These awards are an important part of recognising the achievements of our students, and providing those students with a tangible way in which they can demonstrate their dedication and application in studying law.
"It is also really pleasing to note the very large number of female students receiving awards this year,” Professor Bottomley said.
Fifth year law student, Naomi Wootton, was awarded six individual prizes, including the George Knowles Memorial Prize for the student with the best academic work, the ACT Women Lawyers Association Prize for Law Studies, and prizes for the best results in Migration, Property, Equity and Trusts and Labour Law.
“I’m passionate about the law and have really enjoyed my studies,” Naomi said.
On completion of her degree, she will start her legal career as a ‘tipstaff’, or judge’s associate, for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, the Honourable Justice Tom Bathurst AC.
“I’m hoping that through my experience working for the Chief Justice I will be able to clarify what area of the law I want to specialise in.
“The Chief Justice sits on cases from criminal to civil and is also the President of the NSW Court of Appeal, so I hope to get experience right across the spectrum of the law,” Naomi said.
Over 50 students were recognised during the ceremony which included prizes for academic achievement in individual courses, specific legal topics and overall excellence throughout a student’s degree.
The Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department and Australian Government Solicitor Prize was presented to Roseanna Bricknell for receiving the best academic result among final year undergraduate students.
Helen Trezise received the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees Prize for Refugee Law, and Sascha Kouvelis the BC Meagher Prize for Commonwealth Constitutional Law.
Professor Mick Dodson AM presented his prize for the best result in the course Indigenous Australians and the Law to Amelia Noble.
Marcel Delany received the Supreme Court Judge’s Prize for excellence in original thinking for an honours thesis, combined with academic brilliance throughout the course of his law degree, and Adrienne Elmitt received the Lady Blackburn medal for the honours student submitting the best research paper.
A full list of prize recipients can be found here.
BY LYN LARKIN