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Marie Sexton BA 1943, DipEd 1944, LLB 1949 - (1920-2010)



14 May 2010

Sydney Law School would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Marie Sexton BA 1943, DipEd 1944, LLB 1949 - (1920-2010), among the first women admitted to the NSW Bar.

According to her obituary in The Canberra Times, her best subjects were constitutional law and public international law, in which she was awarded prizes before graduating with honours from Sydney Law School in 1949.

Her early jobs included research work for Professor Julius Stone and several years as associate to her father after his appointment as a judge of the NSW Supreme Court.

There was a close bond among the few female lawyers in Sydney.

In March 1952 Sexton and three others, Peggy Crawley, Zena Sachs (LLB 1950) and Judith Selig (later The Hon Judith Cohen, AO BA 1947, LLB 1950), drafted a constitution to create the Women Lawyers Association of NSW.

They asked Nerida Goodman (BA 1932, LLB 1935) to be the first president.

Sexton was the first secretary.

She is survived by her three children, including Barrister, Julian Sexton, SC (BA 1978, LLB 1983).

A Pioneer of the Legal Profession - Sydney Morning Herald - 24 May 2010

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