Fremantle law student receives State recognition

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 24-11-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



Graduating law student, Belinda McPhee has been awarded the 2008 Magistrates’ Society of Western Australia Geoff Adjuk Memorial Prize.

The State prize is awarded to a law student who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice and/or community service by providing assistance to a disadvantaged group in the community. The award recognises the voluntary contribution that the student has provided over and above their required study commitments.

Ms Mc Phee was Notre Dame’s nominated student for the award. Her impressive CV included experiences such as living and teaching English in a poor and under resourced village in East Timor, spending a semester in Kenya volunteering with World Youth International and completing an Honours thesis on "...how access to essential medicine can be improved in developing countries..." and argues "... that patent legislation can be amended to help reduce the prices of these medicines."

Ms Mc Phee said she felt very honoured to receive the Geoff Adjuk Memorial Award: “Volunteering overseas has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most extraordinary people in diverse cultures. ‘Walking in the shoes of other people’ has made me realise how fortunate I am to be studying law in Australia, and not to take knowledge and opportunities for granted. It is great that the Magistrate's Society recognises people for their service outside the law.”

Dean of the School of Law, Fremantle, Associate Professor Jane Power said, “Belinda is a worthy recipient of the award. She participated in these activities with modesty and humility - many students and staff (myself included) were unaware of the extent of her involvement.”

Media contact: Michelle Ebbs 08 9433 0610, 0408 959 138