Justice Kirby reflects on La Trobe Law School’s contribution to legal education

Last year saw two visits to la Trobe Law School by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG. On his first visit last year, Justice Kirby was joined by one of our Judges in Residence, the Honourable Geoffrey Eames AM QC, in our Moot Court. In an event entitled “Two Lives in the Law” the two judges took questions from our students about their experiences, and the professional values and qualities which should shape a career in law. Justice Kirby kindly sat down with us to reflect upon La Trobe Law’s contribution to Australian legal education and scholarship. His Honour’s kind comments about the achievements and traditions of our School underline its ongoing mission in serving the broader community.

Late last year, Justice Kirby returned to the Law School to deliver a lecture on the new punitivism, with a focus on the nature of media reporting of criminal justice issues. His Honour was joined by Professor Kris Gledhill from the Auckland University of Technology and Head of School Professor Patrick Keyzer who provided commentary on the themes identified by his Honour. Thanks also to our Deputy Head of School and Director of Criminology Professor Anne Wallace who chaired the event.

We thank His Honour for so generously sharing his time with our staff and students, who were inspired by his Honour’s example and reflections in these sessions.

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