Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Robert French AC, has formally launched ACU’s Thomas More Law School.
Justice French addressed more than 200 staff and students at the event on April 23. Attending dignitaries included ACU Pro Chancellor Mr Edward Exell; His Grace, the Most Reverend, Dennis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne and recently elected President of ACU Limited; His Excellency, the Honourable James Gobbo; Justice Richard Tracey of the Federal Court and Justice Ginnane of the Victorian Supreme Court.
Speaking on ‘the Idea of a Law School’, Justice French provided an overview of the life and contribution made by Thomas More, and highlighted the value of ACU’s small class sizes coupled with face-to-face teaching as key features in legal education.
Students of the newly created school played a significant part in the conduct of proceedings – welcoming guests, formally welcoming the Chief Justice, making the vote of thanks, and giving a reading from Pope John Paul II on Thomas More.
A highlight of the evening was the formal presentation to the school of a painting of Sir Thomas More by a member of the inaugural Melbourne law class.
The University Senate established the Thomas More Law School in March 2014. The first cohort of law students began their studies in Melbourne in 2013, and in Sydney this year.
The inaugural Melbourne class made a painting of Sir Thomas More which Alexandra Koletsos formally presented to the school.
Pictured: Alessandre Alonso (First year Sydney Law Student), who made the formal welcome to the Chief Justice; Genevieve Borg (second year Melbourne student and Executive Dean Scholarship recipient), who made the formal vote of thanks to the Chief Justice; Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Dean of Law; Chief Justice French AC; Carly Prescott (second year Melbourne student and Executive Dean Scholarship recipient), who gave a reading from Pope Francis; Heide Pfeiffer – first year student from Sydney; Alexandra Koletsos, who presented the painting to the school.