Round 1 of the friendly ACU vs USP Mooting Competition
In early October the Thomas More Law School in North Sydney enjoyed an exchange from the University of the South Pacific (USP) School of Law. The visit followed an exchange of ACU Law students to the USP Emalus campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu in October 2015.
Four USP students, accompanied by Assistant Lecturer Ms Sofia Shah, competed in a two-day friendly Moot Competition against ACU Law students which concluded with the Grand Final Moot in the North Sydney Courthouse. The Grand Final was judged by Terence Tobin Q.C, Associate Professor Catherine Renshaw and Mrs Helen Haslem.
Women In Law Panellists - Renee Bianchi, The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO and Natalie Donnan with MAKLSS President David Orr and Vice-President and Master of Ceremonies, Kate Mylott
The USP students also enjoyed attending a number of ACU events including the MacKillop Law Students’ Society’sWomen In Law Breakfast. This event was a panel discussion with The Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO (President, NSW Court of Appeal), Renee Bianchi (President, NSW Young Lawyers) and Natalie Donnan (Lawyer, McInnes Wilson) who spoke to the topic ‘The glass ceiling…Cracked or Sealed? Contemporary Impediments to female Lawyers’.
The event also launched the MacKillop Law Students’ Society’s 2016 Careers Guide, produced in collaboration with the Career Development Service.
The Thomas More Law School is greatly appreciative to Associate Professor Elizabeth Crawford Spencer; Professor Laurence Boulle and Ms Sofia Shah for coordinating this exchange, and Professor Marea Nicholson, Associate Vice-Chancellor NSW/ACT for her generous support.