2016 Law Student Awards

20 May 2016
Finn Lowery - Law Student Awards
Professors Andrew Stockley and Susan Watson present Finn Lowery with his award for the Auckland District Law Society's Prize for the Top Law Undergraduate

The guest speaker at the Auckland Law School’s Student Awards on Wednesday evening, the Honourable Justice Helen Winklemann, challenged the prize-winners to be "future leaders in the profession".

Addressing a crowd of 400 guests in the Alumni Marquee in the grounds of Old Government House, the Hon Justice Winklemann urged the students present to ‘set the standards for the profession through the quality of your conduct.’

The Court of Appeal judge and Auckland Law School alumna went on to say “I hope as future leaders you will also play your part in developing the indigenous law of New Zealand, what Justice Joe Williams calls Lex Aotearoa – our law for this time and place.”

The event was attended by students, friends and families, distinguished members of the legal profession and the judiciary, and individuals and representatives of firms and organisations that support the Law School.

The esteemed judge also challenged those present to ‘make the profession fit for all its members,’ and ‘enable access to Justice.’

Dean of Law Professor Andrew Stockley and Deputy Dean Professor Susan Watson presented 190 awards to the school’s top students at the ceremony.

The awards went to students who had won prizes and scholarships, who had major leadership roles in student law societies, and who had won law student competitions and represented the Law School internationally.

“When we look at our award-winning students, we find that what they have in common is hard work, commitment, perseverance, interest and enthusiasm for the law,” Dean Stockley said.

He commended students involved in leadership and moots, with several of the mooting teams winning at national level and placing highly internationally, including at the Australia and New Zealand Air Law Moot Competition and Sarin International Air Law Moot Competition, the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, and the Willem C Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot.

“This is a very successful Law School, both nationally and internationally, and we are very proud of our students. We are also grateful to the support many of you here tonight have given,” he said.

The Auckland District Law Society’s prize for top law undergraduate went to Finn Lowery, who also received a Faculty of Law Dean’s Academic Excellence Award and a Senior Scholar Award.

Finn has also received a Rhodes Scholarship to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.

See our student winners below and check out all the action on YouTube