Law School celebrates high achievers at annual awards ceremony

Congratulations to First Year Undergraduate Law student
Madeleine Goodsir with Emeritus Professor Leroy Certoma.

13 October 2015

The achievements of Law students for the 2014 academic year were celebrated at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Law Prize Giving in Sydney last month. The annual prize giving mass and ceremony was followed by the Michael O’Dea Oration delivered this year by Emeritus Professor Giuseppe Leroy Certoma.

Major award winners included first-year student, Madeleine Goodsir, who won the Colin Biggers & Paisley Scholarship for Academic Achievement, Leadership & Community Service.

“It was extremely encouraging to be awarded the Notre Dame first year scholarship prize as it will continue to inspire me in my endeavors to enter the law profession,” Ms Goodsir said.

“Notre Dame has proved to be an engaging and close knit community that is fostering my excitement and passion for the law.”

Second-year Bachelor of Laws (Graduate-Entry) student, Sally Page, received the Carroll & O’Dea Prize for Principles of Torts B, the LexisNexis Prize for Legal Process, Criminal Law B and Criminal Law A - Procedure. “Notre Dame is a fantastic place to study,” Ms Page said. “I love the small class sizes, and the teachers are excellent, they know your name and they want you to succeed.”

Antonela Josipovic was among the other major prize winners taking home the Colin Biggers & Paisley Prize for Evidence A, the Levitt Robinson prize for Human Rights Law, the Oxford University Press Prize for Administrative Law B and the Oxford University Press Prize for Administrative Law A. “I feel very privileged to have my work acknowledged and to be part of the Sydney Law School,” Antonela said. “The School is unique in giving students exposure and work experience in established Law firms which helps with job placement on graduation.”

Dean of the Sydney School of Law, Professor Michael Quinlan, said it was a wonderful occasion for students and their families to celebrate the gifts of Notre Dame’s Law community. Professor Quinlan congratulated all winners and acknowledged the generous contribution of the legal profession for its support of the Law School including Carroll & O’Dea, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Curwoods and Maurice Blackburn.

He said it was fitting the Michael O’Dea Oration this year was delivered by Emeritus Professor Certoma who retired from permanent teaching at the end of last year: “after making such an enormous contribution to the success of this law school as well as to the law, academia, the community and the Church”.

“Emeritus Professor Certoma drew on a lifetime of expertise in the field as a researcher, teacher and leading academic in his field of expertise to provide a powerful reminder of the importance of legal history and international law for all lawyers,” Professor Quinlan said.

The Michael O’Dea Oration was instituted in 2011 by the University to mark Michael O’Dea’s service over many years to the profession and wider community. Mr O’Dea KCSG AM was senior partner of the firm Carrol and O’Dea until 2005 and remains in active practice.

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