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Top Law students receive scholarships

Luke Ogden and Rebecca Byrnes

Two promising young Law students have been presented with a scholarship each to assist with their studies today.

Luke Ogden, of Burnie, was presented with the John Kable Memorial Scholarship in Law for 2011.

This scholarship is provided by Bess Kable, in memory of her son John who died suddenly in 1995. John Kable was a UTAS graduate and one of the state’s most respected lawyers. This scholarship is valued at $4000 per year for four years. Luke is the fifteenth recipient.

Rebecca Byrnes, of Legana in Northern Tasmania, received the Zoe Ewart Scholarship in Law for 2011.

This scholarship is provided by University staff member Rhonda Ewart in memory of her late mother. The scholarship encourages talented students to explore legal and justice issues at a tertiary level. Rebecca is the sixth recipient. This scholarship is valued at $3000 per year for four years.

About the scholarship recipients:

Luke matriculated from the Tasmanian Academy Hellyer Campus and achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking of 94.80. Luke is currently studying an Arts/Law degree and hopes to one day become a criminal lawyer. He is also part of the Advanced Honours Program at UTAS.

“My ambition is to eventually work as a criminal lawyer in a prosecution or defence capacity, with a view to perhaps returning to the North-West of the state,” he said.

“I am motivated by an innate sense of justice and desire to play a role in a legal system which has operated in equal judgement of all for centuries.”

When he isn’t studying, Luke likes to act and is also involved in the Southern Gospel Choir.

Rebecca attended Launceston College and in 2009 achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking of 97.7. This year she is undertaking her second year of an Economics/Law degree.

Rebecca is interested particularly in equality and human rights. She aims to work towards promoting legal and economic reforms in developing countries and encourage the protecting of human rights.

“My interest in law is based on my passion for equality. When I graduate from university I hope to work on promoting legal reform in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.”

“I would like to have a role in improving human rights and encouraging stable, democratic government among Australia’s neighbours,” she said.

When she isn’t studying, Rebecca plays the violin and teaches the cello.

Published on: 31 Mar 2011 12:18pm