Thomas More law School

Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015

The North Sydney Campus of the Australian Catholic University will hold the Inaugural Barry O’Keefe Lecture on Wednesday February 18 2015. The lecture will coincide with the naming of the Thomas More Law School’s Moot Court which has been named The Dr Barry O’Keefe Memorial Moot Court, in honour of the late Honourable Barry O’Keefe AM QC who passed away early 2014.

The Inaugural Barry O’Keefe Lecture will be delivered by The Honourable Murray Gleeson AC QC, former Chief Justice (retired), High Court of Australia, a long-time colleague of Justice O’Keefe. The lecture theme will be “The contribution of law to the greater good and human flourishing” which reflects the life and work of Justice O’Keefe.

Justice Barry O’Keefe passed away on 24 April 2014 aged 80, throughout his life he made outstanding and distinguished contributions to the community through his service to the law, local and state government and particularly in the fight against corruption and injustice.

One of his last public attendances before his death was to speak at the ACU Sydney Graduation in April 2014, where his remarkable contributions to the judiciary, NSW legal system and the Church were recognised when he was awarded the Australian Catholic University's highest honour, becoming a Doctor of the University.

The Moot Court facility in the Carroll Building at North Sydney enables ACU Law students the opportunity to participate in simulated court proceedings and is a particular aid for them to practice their oral arguments.

The event will commence at 5.30pm with the naming of the Moot Court and be followed by the lecture in the Ryan Auditorium at 6.30pm. Members of the O’Keefe family will attend both events with Andrew O’Keefe speaking on behalf of his family.