The inaugural ANU Alumni Awards presentation dinner was held at University House on Saturday 9 March 2013.
The event recognised and celebrated the achievements and contributions made by the University's alumni, and graduates of ANU College of Law featured prominently in this year's awards.
In the Student of the Year category recognising what one presenter called our 'apprentice alumni' or 'alumni of the future', Georgia Marjoribanks (BA/LLB(Hons) '12) and Julie Melrose (JD/GDLP expected '13) were finalists. The joint winner of the award was Katrina Marson (BA/LLB (Hons) '12, GDLP expected '13). Katrina added this accolade to her Tillyard Prize, and those who attended the Graduation Ceremony last December will recall her contribution to that event as the Student Speaker.
The Young Alumnus of the Year award was also shared, with one of the winners, Jennifer Robinson (BAsianStudies/LLB (Hons) '06), unfortunately not able to be there on the night. Jennifer's recent visit to the College, where she spoke about her human rights work, provided great inspiration for our current students.
The highest award - Alumnus of the Year – was a shared prize. Along with Dr Martin Parkinson PSM (MEc '93), the award was won by Dr Anne Gallagher AO (MIntLaw '92). Anne made a wonderful contribution to the College as a valued member of our teaching staff in the early 1990s. Her award recognised her internationally acclaimed contribution to the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.
The evening was hosted by another law alumnus, Patrick (Paddy) Mayoh.
Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said that the awards highlighted the immense breadth and depth of talent in our graduates.
He said that of equal significance was the contribution that each of these award winners is making to their community with the awards a real demonstration of the College's commitment to providing a legal education in which students are encouraged to improve the world in which they live and to make a difference.