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2022 William Ah Ket Scholarship Award Ceremony

  • 12 Dec 2022
  • 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM (AEST)
  • Federal Court of Australia, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building, Courtroom 1, Level 7, 119 North Quay (Entrance on Tank Street), Brisbane, Queensland and Online by livestream


2022 William Ah Ket Scholarship Award Ceremony

The Asian Australian Lawyers Association is pleased to invite you to the 2022 William Ah Ket Scholarship (Scholarship) Award Ceremony held at the Federal Court of Australia in Brisbane, Queensland and livestreamed nationally, where the winner and two finalists will be announced.

We are delighted to be joined by the Honourable Justice Sarah C Derrington AM, Justice of the Federal Court of Australia and President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, who will deliver the keynote address. We will also hear from event speakers including:

  • Mr David Newman, CEO of Maddocks (Scholarship Award sponsor) and a member of the Scholarship’s judging panel;
  • Mr Reynah Tang AM, VCAT Member and Deputy Head of Legal Practice List, inaugural and former National President of the AALA, and member of the AALA William Ah Ket Scholarship Committee; and
  • The 2022 Scholarship Award winner and finalists.

Event details

Date: Monday 12 December 2022

Time (In person at Brisbane):

5:15 pm    Doors open, drinks and light refreshments

5:45 pm    Speeches and livestream commence

7:00 pm    Networking drinks and canapés

8:30 pm    Event concludes

Livestream commencement times:

3:45 pm    AWST (WA)

5:15 pm    ACST (NT) 

5:45 pm    AEST (QLD)

6:15 pm    ACDT (SA)

6:45 pm    AEDT (ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS)


In person: Courtroom 1, Level 7, Federal Court of Australia, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 119 North Quay (Entrance on Tank Street), Brisbane, Queensland

Online: Online attendees will receive a link by email to the Federal Court of Australia's YouTube channel where the livestream will be broadcast, before the event commences.

Cost: Free


Please register your attendance by clicking on the 'Register' button on this page.

In-person and online registrations will close at midnight on Sunday 11 December 2022.

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided at the in-person venue.

We have a limited capacity for the in-person event, so be sure to register for your ticket as soon as possible!

If you have any questions regarding the in-person event, please contact the AALA Queensland Branch by email at qld@aala.org.au.

William Ah Ket Scholarship Award

The William Ah Ket Scholarship (Scholarship) – named after Australia’s first barrister of Asian background – seeks to encourage persons at the early stages of their legal careers to contribute to the discourse on diversity and inclusion in the law and legal profession.

The winner of the Scholarship will receive $6,000. A further $1,000 prize will be given to two shortlisted entrants.

The Scholarship is an initiative by the AALA and is in its fifth year. It is designed to recognise the historical contribution of William Ah Ket to the legal profession as the first Asian-Australian barrister in Australia. 

The Scholarship is also supported by law firm Maddocks, as founding sponsor, and the Melbourne Law School and the Victorian Bar, as supporting partners.

For more information about the Scholarship, please visit the AALA website or email us at scholarship@aala.org.au

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