ANU alumni and law student recognised at Australian Law Awards

ANU Law student Naomi Wootton is the 2016 Law Student of the Year. Photo Claire Atteia/ANU

ANU Law student Naomi Wootton was named 2016 Law Student of the Year and two ANU alumni were also recognised at the Australian Law Awards on the weekend.

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice alumnus, James Morris was named as one of two recipients of the Special Counsel of the Year award for his work at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Michael Johnston, who graduated from ANU with a Master of Public Policy (Hons) in 2008, was named In-house Lawyer of the Year for his work at Westpac.

A fifth year Law student, Naomi Wootton is passionate about the law and her studies and her academic excellence has been recognised by the ANU College of Law – she was awarded six individual prizes at the College’s Annual Prize ceremony in March.

She was awarded 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.

On completion of her degree, Naomi 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.

Dean of the ANU College of law, Professor Stephen Bottomley said the College was proud of Naomi’s achievement and that of GDLP alumnus James Morris.

“Naomi is an outstanding student with an exemplary academic record at the College and it is wonderful to see her achievements recognised in this way.

“I am excited to see what she will achieve in her career with a degree from one of the world’s best law schools,” Professor Bottomley said.

The 16th annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards was held in Sydney on 3 September.

Naomi Wootton
James Morris
Michael Johnston

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