Naomi Wootton has always been a driven student, receiving two academic scholarships – the ANU Region Scholarship and the Ethel Tory Scholarship – and the University Medal in 2016. Now she has been awarded six more prizes:
- ACT Women Lawyers Association Prize for Law Studies;
- ACT Bar Association Prize for Evidence;
- Allens Prize for Competition Law;
- Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and Australian Government Solicitor Prize;
- George Knowles Memorial Prize; and the prestigious Supreme Court Judges’ Prize.
“I am deeply convicted by the idea that those privileged with access to education have a duty to respect this privilege by working to the best of their ability in their chosen field,” Naomi said.
Naomi said if she could go back and give advice to herself as a first-year law student it would be to seek out the avenues that bring happiness and satisfaction.
“Worry less about resumé building and more about doing things that are interesting,” she said.
“Doing things that make you happy will inevitably make you a more interesting, well rounded person and that might help you get a job more easily than ticking all of the boxes you think you have to tick.”
Naomi now works as a tipstaff for the Honourable TF Bathurst, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.