The Supreme Court Prize is the most lauded academic prize for law graduates, representing outstanding excellence and intellectual ability. This was the first time Australian Catholic University has been included in the award ceremony.
The Dean of the Thomas More Law School at ACU, Professor Rocque Reynolds, said it is a fantastic achievement.
“This is a very prestigious award – many High Court, Supreme Court and other judges, academics, politicians, Prime Ministers and practitioners have been awarded the prize in the past,” she said.
Cecilia joins the an elite group of previous recipients including former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies and former Victorian Premiers Sir William Irvine and Sir Rupert ‘Dick’ Hamer.
She adds this prize to her first place in St Patrick’s Law School Society Negotiations Competition, ACU Property Law Award, ACU Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution Award, ACU Contemporary Legal Issues Award and Thomson Reuters Prize for excellence in Criminal Law and Procedure.
“It's an acknowledgement of my hard work over the last four years of study, though sadly they can't award one to everyone else who helped me over these years,” she said.
Since finishing her Bachelor of Laws with Honours last year, Cecilia has taken a graduate position with Harwood Andrews.
The Prize winners were announced by Justice Mark Weinberg AO, and presented with their awards by Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC.
Supreme Court Prize winners are highly sought after recruits, with many securing graduate positions in top law firms and associate roles for judges in the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria.