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Inaugural presentation of the Neville Marquet Prize in Resource Management and Environmental Law

Friday, 15 September 2017 6:52pm

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On Monday 11 September, the Faculty of Law presented the inaugural Neville Marquet Prize in Resource Management and Environmental Law at a special ceremony at the Dunedin Club. The presentation of the award coincided with the 90th birthday of Neville Marquet, which was celebrated with family, friends, members of the legal profession, the Faculty of Law, and of course the inaugural recipient, Hannah Mills.

This prize was established in 2017 by family and friends of Neville Stanley Marquet, a pioneering Resource Management and Environmental lawyer of Dunedin firm, Ross Dowling Marquet Griffin. Mr Marquet practised in almost every division of the Environment Court throughout New Zealand and is known for being a pioneer of planning and resource management in a career spanning more than 50 years. Mr Marquet was President of the Otago District Law Society in 1975, Vice- President of the NZ Law Society from 1976-1979 and he also sat on the NZLS Disciplinary Committee for 13 years (7 as the Chair).

The prize, which is application based, required students to address why they wish to pursue a career in the field of resource management. Hannah, who is currently in her fifth year of study towards a Bachelor of Laws degree and Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in politics, was chosen as the inaugural recipient. The panel, which included environmental law and resource management experts from the Faculty, along with retired Court of Appeal Judge Sir Bruce Robertson, congratulated Hannah on her outstanding essay, and clear passion for the area of law.