The Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC; Attorney General and Minister for Justice The Hon Brad Hazzard MP; Law student Heidi Pfeiffer; Andrew O’Keefe; Dean of Law Professor Brian Fitzgerald.
The Thomas More Academy of Law honours The Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC DUniv(ACU).
The Thomas More Academy of Law honoured Justice Barry O’Keefe on 18 February 2015 in officially naming the Moot Court in the North Sydney campus The Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC DUniv(ACU) Moot Court, followed by the inaugural Hon Barry O'Keefe AM QC DUniv(ACU) Memorial Lecture in the Ryan Auditorium.
Justice Barry O’Keefe was honoured for his outstanding contributions to the community through his service to the law, local and state government. Justice O’Keefe’s contributions include Chair of Interpol’s International Group of Experts on Corruption; and Chair of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council representing the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
Justice O’Keefe was a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Court of Common Law Division and Court of Criminal Appeal. ACU awarded Justice O’Keefe the University’s highest honour, an honorary doctorate, two weeks before he died in 2014.
ACU was honoured to have members of the O’Keefe family, the judiciary and the Bar at the events. Justice O’Keefe’s son Andrew O’Keefe spoke about his father’s life and career. Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven and Associate Vice-Chancellor Marea Nicholson also spoke about the significance of Justice O’Keefe’s contribution to the community.
Former Chief Justice of the High Court the Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC delivered the inaugural Hon Barry O’Keefe AM QC DUniv(ACU) Memorial Lecture.
It was a great privilege for the University to welcome Justice Gleeson, whose career includes outstanding contributions in the areas of criminal and administrative law and the administration of justice. In 1985 Justice Gleeson received the Order of Australia for service to the law.
Justice Gleeson’s presentation spoke to the topic ‘The contribution of Law to the Greater Good and Human Flourishing’ and was a privilege for the audience, particularly the commencing Law students for 2015 who attended the evening as part of their Law Induction program.
The evening, which Dean of Law Professor Brian Fitzgerald compered, concluded with the conferring of prizes by Andrew O’Keefe to students for outstanding academic achievements in 2014.