University donors and prize winners gathered on Wednesday July 27 for the Faculty of Law and Management annual ceremony of award presentations to their Melbourne campus students. The prizes relate to the 2010 academic year with this year’s ceremony taking on a new format and venue complete with dinner in the CBD location.
The presentations were presided over by the Chancellor, Professor Adrienne E Clarke AC and the Executive Dean, Professor Leigh Drake with senior faculty staff also in attendance.
La Trobe Law graduate, Hugh Crosthwaite, was distinguished for demonstrated academic excellence in legal studies and a dedication to community service and presented with the highly esteemed Victorian Law Foundation – Chief Justice’s Medal. The Honourable Associate Justice Randall attended to present the medal along with other Supreme Court prizes.
Overall close to ninety individual prizes were awarded on the night contributed by over thirty donors to the Faculty. Without their generous contributions, recognising the performance of outstanding students and providing them with new opportunities would not be possible.
Executive Dean, Professor Leigh Drake congratulated all on a memorable evening.
‘I have had very positive feedback on the Presentation Dinner at ZINC in Federation Square from our student recipients, our staff and from donors.
‘The new venue and format seems to have been very effective in engaging with the donors who represent key external stakeholders in the business, professional and policy world. This was very evident in terms of how smoothly the event was run, and in terms of the overall success of the evening.’ said Professor Drake.
About The Hon. Associate Justice Rod Randall
The Hon. Associate Justice Rod Randall was appointed an Associate Judge on 19 May 2011. He has practised law for 32 years: 4 years as a solicitor with J. M. Smith & Emmerton; and 28 years at the Victorian Bar. He served articles with David Lee at J. M. Smith & Emmerton (now part of Gadens Lawyers).
He was educated at Carey Grammar School, Melbourne and Monash University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1976 and Bachelor of Laws in 1979.
His early practice covered a variety of issues but predominantly he undertook civil matters – less frequently, criminal matters. By the early 1990s, his practice became grounded in commercial and Equity matters and in more recent years has been in corporate and personal insolvency litigation and advice, often acting for receivers.
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