Special guest, the Hon. Justice Patrick Keane of the High Court of Australia, presented the academic prizes at the UQ Law Awards Ceremony at Customs House on May 15.
In his opening address, UQ Law alumnus Justice Keane congratulated the award recipients and reminded them of the value and advantages their university education will provide.
“The advantage which we enjoy is very special,” Justice Keane said. “We all owe a great deal to those who have made it possible for us to enjoy this advantage; it is something that previous generations did not enjoy or even dream about.
“This is a special night to acknowledge the hard work and efforts of the prize winners and for them to share their success with their families and friends as well as leading members of the legal profession,” Professor Gaskell said.
Professor Gaskell thanked the law firms and individuals who donated many of the awards and prizes presented on the night.
More than 100 guests attended the event, including law prize sponsors, legal professionals, and family and friends of the award-winning students.
Among them was The Hon. Ian Walker, Queensland’s Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts who presented the David Leeder Davies Prize in Trade Practices Law to Ms Evelyn Peter.
The prize was established by family and friends in memory of Mr Walker’s brother-in-law, UQ Law alumnus David Leeder Davies, who graduated from the school in 1981.
During the evening Justice Keane also presented the prestigious UQ Law Mentor of the Year Award to Brisbane lawyer Krista Mahoney of Thynne & Macartney.
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