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E&B student beats out young lawyers to claim prestigious McCallum medal

27 Oct 2010

Third year Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws, student, Oliver Pase, has won the prestigious 2010 McCallum medal for his analysis on the evolution of policy affecting the work/life balance.

The McCallum Medal is an annual public speaking event for young lawyers and students interested in employment law and industrial relations.

Sponsored by Clayton Utz, the competition is named in honour of Professor Ron McCallum AO, former dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, patron of NSW Young Lawyers and a leading academic in the field.

All entrants in the competition must be enrolled in a tertiary institute in Australia (which includes the Legal Practitioners Board, the College of Law or an equivalent PLT training institution in Australia) undertaking an undergraduate study of law, or be a young lawyer who was admitted to practice law, in any State or Territory of Australia.

Five finalists are selected from hundreds of written submissions and they are then required to present on their chosen topic. This year the panel of judges, chaired by Professor McCallum, included Justice Rothman of the NSW Supreme Court and Mr Joe Catanzariti, Partner, Clayton Utz and Elaine Brus, Barrister.

Oliver's submission which particularly looked at the new Right to Request provisions, also examined the nature and form of the regulations in comparison to UK, Dutch and German legislation.

Oliver said the award win was a huge surprise. "I was up against a very high calibre of finalists - all of whom were fully-fledged practicing lawyers from top-tier commercial firms and the union movement so I didn't rate my chances very highly."

"I am especially proud to be associated with an award with Ron McCallum's name attached," he said.

Oliver's Industrial Relations lecturer, Rae Cooper, said; "Oliver faced some really tough competition. Most of the rest of the field were more experienced lawyers but Oliver's impressive performance put him ahead of the pack and he was a deserved winner. We're all very proud of him and this amazing achievement."

Oliver will complete an Honours degree in Industrial Relations in 2011 with two more years of Law to follow. He acknowledges the immense support he was given by the Work and Organisational Studies Discipline in the faculty.

"In particular, though, I would like to thank Rae Cooper, Marian Baird, Alexandra Heron and Di van den Broek, all of whom were great for advice, critiques and rushed emails in the final hours!"