Law graduate Cecilia Moon has been awarded the Victorian Supreme Court Prize, placing the young aspiring lawyer in esteemed company.
The Supreme Court Prize is one of the most notable academic prizes for law graduates, recognising academic excellence and scholarly ability. This is the first time Australian Catholic University has been included in the award ceremony.
The Dean of the Thomas More Law School, Professor Rocque Reynolds, said it was a stellar achievement and reflected the outstanding quality of the students attracted to ACU’s Law program.
“This is a very prestigious award – many High Court, Supreme Court and other judges, academics, politicians, Prime Ministers and practitioners have been awarded the prize in the past,” Professor Reynolds said.
Cecilia joins the an elite group of previous recipients including former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies, several former Victorian Premiers and leading members of the Victorian legal profession.
She adds this prize to her first place in St Patrick’s Law School Society Negotiations Competition, ACU Property Law Award, ACU Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution Award, ACU Contemporary Legal Issues Award, the Thomson Reuters Prize for excellence in Criminal Law and Procedure and ACU’s
2016 University Honours Medal.
Since finishing her Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours last year, Cecilia has taken a graduate position with Harwood Andrews.
Justice Mark Weinberg AO announced the prize winners at the Supreme Court of Victoria last week and Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC presented the winners with their awards.
“The Supreme Court Prize is the most prestigious academic prize for students graduating in law. It is a hallmark of outstanding excellence and intellectual ability,” Justice Warren said. “The Prize has proven to be a symbolic indicator that the recipient will go on to play an important part on the bench, at the Bar, in the profession or in public life.”
The winners and their family and friends mingled with past Supreme Court Prize recipients, among them a number of Supreme Court judges.
Supreme Court Prize winners are highly sought after recruits, with many securing graduate positions in top law firms and associate roles for Judges in the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria.