2017 Law Awards Night

School of Law 2017 Awards Night

 The School of Law 2017 Awards Night recognises the outstanding achievements of students in the 2016 academic year.  The event was held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at City Beach Function Centre, Wollongong.

Professor Clive Schofield, Dean of Law, was Master of Ceremonies for the evening, with many staff and award sponsors joining him on stage to present the awards.

Guest Speaker Elizabeth Espinosa, Councillor, The Law Society of New South Wales, delivered an inspiring address about joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong when it was established in 1990.

The School of Law would like to acknowledge all award sponsors and donors - this event would not be possible without your continued support and generosity.

A big congratulations to all award recipients on their outstanding achievements!

Download the program to view a full list of award recipients.

Photos from the night can be viewed in the gallery below.  To request a copy of a photo from the below gallery, please email lha-events@uow.edu.au

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Espinosa

Ashley TsacalosCouncillor, The Law Society of New South Wales
General Counsel | Manager Governance, Legal Services & Procurement, Liverpool City Council
Bachelor of Laws - Bachelor of Arts (1995)

Elizabeth Espinosa has been practicing law since 1997, after completing a combined Arts and Laws degree at the University of Wollongong. She has a variety of experience in family law, construction law, property law, local government, environmental law, and personal injury and other civil litigation. She has appeared in numerous jurisdictions including federal and state courts and tribunals, and was just elected onto the NSW Law Society Council, being the first UOW Law graduate to do so.

Her experience in criminal law includes children’s court defence work as a legal aid panel solicitor in private practice, adult defence advocacy and AVO appearances and advice. For the last nine years, Elizabeth has appeared for the prosecution. She has experience across a broad range of jurisdictions including criminal defence and prosecution work in which she was a private solicitor member of Sutherland legal panel for Children’s Court.

Elizabeth has also practiced in federal courts including Family Court and Bankruptcy, debt recovery and other civil/contractual disputes and appellate advocacy on sentencing in the District Court and Land and Environment Court.

Elizabeth regularly provides legal advice on the principles of natural justice in relation to content and validity of statutory obligation. This includes statutory notices such as Notice of Intention to Issue an Order (Local Government Act 1993), Notice to Produce Information and Notice to Attend Interview (Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979), and Dangerous Dog Declarations (Companion Animals Act 1998).

On a daily basis she is been required to deal with numerous complex matters, often involving the interplay of various State and Commonwealth legislation. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has had to work to competing time lines and expectations, currently Council meeting timetable, Court listings and compliance with court directions, contractual and statutory deadlines. She maintains and exercises common sense and good judgement when discharging her competing duties.

She has a carriage of over 200 matters ranging from traditional advices and transaction work (property and commercial) to litigation which is dominated by Local Court prosecutions, and currently supervises 2-3 legal support officers, and 2-3 solicitors.

Elizabeth also appears as prosecuting authority for Council in the Local Court at monthly list days in Sutherland Local Court which have ranged from as little as a dozen matters to as many as 91 matters in any one list day.

Having practiced for over a decade in family law, debt recovery, wills and probate, victims compensation and criminal law (both defence and prosecution), has helped to enhance her awareness of our diverse social structure. For Elizabeth, the issues of equality, the rule of law and natural justice as principles, are highly valuable and need to be upheld. 


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