Sydney Law School alumna first woman appointed directly to Supreme Court

4 August 2008

Photo: Bob Pearce

Sydney Law School would like to extend its congratulations to alumna, Julie Ward (BA 1980, LLB 1982) - the first woman in New South Wales to be appointed directly from the profession to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

"I think it's quite important for the ongoing development of the solicitor's side of the profession that [they] have the opportunity to be considered for appointment to the bench," Ms. Ward said.

"I feel very humble because I have a lot of respect for the members of the court.

"It's a very big honour for a solicitor to be appointed direct to the Supreme Court.

"I feel an enormous sense of responsibility but I'm very much looking forward to it."

The Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, MLC (BEc 1982, LLB 1983), will recommend her appointment to the Governor, Marie Bashir, today before a swearing-in ceremony on September 29 2008.

Sydney Law School alumni have been amongst the first appointments to the Supreme Court of NSW direct from the profession, including the Former Chancellor of the University of Sydney, the late The Hon. Justice Kim Santow AO (BA 1961, LLB 1964) and current Adjunct Professor and Challis Lecturer in Corporate Law at Sydney Law School, the Hon. Justice Robert Austin (BA 1966, LLB 1969).

To view the entire article from the Sydney Morning Herald - First woman set to fast-forward to the NSW Supreme Court

To view a related item on ABC Online - First female solicitor for Supreme Court

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