La Trobe Law graduate Catherine Eglezos has been awarded the 2013 Victoria Law Foundation Chief Justice’s Medal for Excellence and Community Service.
The Victoria Law Foundation Chief Justice’s Medal for Excellence and Community Service is awarded each year to one graduating Victorian law student who demonstrates academic excellence in their legal studies and a commitment to community service.
Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director Joh Kirby said Catherine’s impressive ten year commitment at St Vincent de Paul Society, as well as her significant academic achievements, made her an outstanding candidate for the Chief Justice's Medal in 2013.
‘While the calibre of all of the candidates was exceptional it was Catherine’s long term commitment to helping those most in need in our community that really stood out’ said Ms Kirby.
Completing her final year of a Law/Arts double degree with honours in 2012, Ms. Eglezos has been involved in multiple projects while studying including community service through the St Vincent de Paul Society, which she has been a member since 2002. She currently serves as President of St Vincent de Paul’s Brunswick Young Adult Conference.
Ms. Eglezos also undertook voluntary internships with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and remotely with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Hague. Further to this, Ms. Eglezos also participated in the La Trobe University Infinity Leadership Program which requires students to undertake a community task for a minimum of 30 hours and was awarded a Gold Level La Trobe Award in recognition of her commitment to community service.
‘I feel extremely honoured to be the recipient of the 2013 Chief Justice Medal. It is a privilege to have been selected from a group of worthy candidates who are dedicated to their legal studies and community service’ said Ms. Eglezos
‘I thoroughly enjoyed my experience studying at La Trobe as I was provided with every opportunity to thrive academically, from being awarded the La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarship to participating in two international law moots in Hong Kong and The Hague.
I am very appreciative of the constant support of my lecturers and peers and am grateful that La Trobe University not only enabled me but also encouraged me to pursue my passion for social justice.’
Professor Paula Baron, head of La Trobe Law School, praised Ms. Eglezos as an example of the kind of socially aware graduate La Trobe Law School produces.
‘Catherine’s work over the last decade embodies the commitment to social justice that La Trobe Law School prides itself on’ said Professor Baron.
‘Her record of service to the community has been outstanding and we are proud to count her amongst our alumnus. We congratulate her on this much deserved win.’