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Otago Law Graduates Shine at 2016 NZ Law Foundation Annual Awards

Friday, 2 December 2016 4:29pm

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On Tuesday night the NZ Law Foundation held their 2016 Annual Awards dinner at Te Papa, where all but one of the recipients were Otago Law graduates.

The Law Foundation’s prestigious International Research Fellowship was won by Otago Law graduate Michael Cameron, Lead Legislation Solicitor with the Department of Corrections, who will research "Realising the Potential of Autonomous Vehicles in New Zealand."

Otago PhD student, Kesia Sherwood, was awarded a Law Foundation Doctoral Scholarship for her research that will establish the significance of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on youth offending.

The NZLF Cleary Memorial Prize was jointly awarded this year to Auckland lawyer Johanna McDavitt (a Victoria graduate), and Otago Law graduate Joshua Pemberton who is currently studying at Harvard University. This award is given to a young barrister or solicitor who shows outstanding future promise in the legal profession.


Earlier this year, Otago Law graduate Holly Hedley was jointly awarded the 2016 Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship. Holly will study for her Masters of Law in Global Health Law at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Her studies will include topics of particular interest – the intersection between human rights and health law, especially the impact on women. Holly has a BSc/LLB(Hons) from the University of Otago and since graduation has been working in Buddle Findlay’s health law team.