Third law graduate in family

06 May 2010

Chris and Stephen Penk

Chris Penk, son of Associate Dean (Academic) Stephen Penk, was among 238 Law graduates and diplomates at Autumn Graduation. He graduated LLB(Hons), following in the footsteps of his father and his elder brother Alex.

Chris, who earlier gained an Auckland BA, took about 12 years to complete his Law degree with two long gaps for naval service. He spent three and a half years in the Royal New Zealand Navy and later four years in the Royal Australian Navy including a stint in the Persian Gulf. Recently he began working for the Auckland law firm Fortune Manning.

Alex Penk, who also holds a BSc degree, was with Chapman Tripp after qualifying. He then did an LLM at Cambridge University and thereafter won a scholarship that allowed him to accompany leading criminal barristers to court in London. He is now policy and research manager for the Maxim Institute.

In addition to his administrative duties Stephen Penk is a Senior Tutor teaching Legal Method, the compulsory Torts paper, and the Privacy Law elective.

Before their late afternoon ceremony on 3 May the graduates, their families and Law staff mingled at an informal reception in the Alumni Marquee on Old Government House lawn. In extending his congratulations the Dean, Professor Paul Rishworth, urged them to stay in touch with their Law School and support its endeavours in the future.