Earlier this year five Year 12 Legal Studies students entered a legal studies competition which was sponsored by Griffith University, in conjunction with Short, Punch and Greatorix Lawyers. The students, Britt Franzmann, Ainsley McCarthy, Holly MacDonald, Mackenzie Quiggan and Joanne Joe were able to write about any topic of their choice to demonstrate an understanding of the law.
By analysing Australian and international systems, the students considered the impacts that legal decisions can have on Australian society and how diverse groups influence and are influenced by legal frameworks.
On Tuesday 15 October the presentation of award winners was held and Somerset College took out two of the four major prizes. Mackenzie was awarded First Runner-Up with her essay on the cashless welfare card and its impact on human rights.
Joanne won First prize overall ($500 and a perpetual trophy) for her very insightful response to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). The feedback from the judges, Tony O’Connor (a partner from Short, Punch and Greatorix), and Associate Professor Therease Wilson (Associate Professor of Law from Griffith University) was very encouraging. Their comments included that the prize recipients had all tackled challenging topics which were written at a university standard, showed tremendous critical thinking skills, and sophisticated development of ideas.
As Joanne won first place, Somerset also received a $300 gift voucher!
All the entrants from Somerset have worked assiduously throughout the year and it is great to see their efforts being recognised from experts in the field of law.
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