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Thomas K Abraham, the 2017 recipient of the William Ah Ket Scholarship

William Ah Ket Scholarship Papers

Winning Papers

2019 Winning Paper  'Being the change: Towards diversity intelligence in the Australian legal profession' by Tienyi Long

2018 Winning Paper – ‘ What does parity in cultural diversity look like? ’ by Ming Kalanon and Kelvin Ng

2017 Winning Paper - Affirmative Action in Piercing the Bamboo Ceiling within the Australian Legal Profession’ by Thomas K Abraham

Runners Up Papers

2019 Runners Up Papers – 'Delivering gender equality at the top (one baby step at a time)by Sandra Hu and 'Stuck at the intersection: Anti-discrimination law and intersectionality in Australia' by Amy Pereira

2018 Runners Up Papers – ‘Managing our unconscious biases to deliver equal opportunity under the law - it starts with pink and blue’ by Chuan Jun Yeap and ‘The lack of cultural diversity in Australian business leadership: Lessons from AMP and the consequences for corporate governance and business performance ’ by Gisela Nip


Testimonials 

Testimonial by Tienyi Long:

"In my essay, I wrote that the best lawyers are empathetic, open-minded, and committed to consistently learning and growing as part of a diverse and complex society: in short, diversity intelligence is as important to being a successful lawyer as technical skill. My essay became the basis for further advocacy, including to update continuing professional development requirements in the legal profession. 

At a time where the world seems divided and institutions continue to grapple with systemic discrimination the William Ah Ket Scholarship is an opportunity to contribute to sorely needed discussion on equality, diversity and the law. I strongly encourage emerging lawyers to make a submission: your voice matters, and it will make a difference." 

Testimonial by Kelvin Ng and Ming Kalanon:

“Our essay aimed to explore the concepts of race, culture and ethnicity, and ultimately, “What does parity in cultural diversity look like?”. In writing our essay, we drew inspiration from the legacy of William Ah Ket himself and his remarkable, trailblazing career, forged in the face of adversity. We feel incredibly privileged to have been afforded a platform to contribute to the literature and discourse about cultural diversity, and are confident that William Ah Ket’s story will continue to inspire future generations to aspire towards parity – whatever that means.”

Testimonial by Thomas Abraham:

"Winning the inaugural William Ah Ket Scholarship brings me great pride and satisfaction, owing to the scholarship’s underlying purpose of fostering the development and promotion of cultural diversity in the Australian legal profession. As with other aspects of diversity, a crucial facet of achieving cultural diversity stems from the creation of awareness of the issue(s). The scholarship is a wonderful platform to raise such awareness by bringing to light systemic factors impeding the attainment of cultural diversity within the profession. I am certain the continuity of this scholarship will of itself be precedential in improving cultural diversity within the profession."


Articles

Andrew Godwin, ‘Chinese legal pioneers’ China Business Law Journal (21 February 2020)

Andrew Godwin, ‘Commemorating William Ah Ket’ China Business Law Journal (22 February 2021)

Andrew Godwin, ‘Commemorating William Ah Ket – a life of diversity and service’ Victorian Bar News (Issue 168 Summer 2020/21)


Newspaper articles and radio

Jane Lee, ‘William Ah Ket: the first Chinese-Australian barrister’, The History Listen ABC Radio National (28 August 2018)

Jane Lee, ‘The first Chinese-Australian barrister The Law Report ABC Radio National (28 August 2018)

Jane Lee, ‘The story of William Ah Ket, the first Chinese-Australian barrister’ The History Listen ABC Radio National (30 August 2018)

Joseph Lam, ‘A landmark legacy’ South China Morning Post (20 August 2020)

Leah Anderson-Byrne, ‘Celebrating the life of our early legal pioneer – William Ah Ket: from Wangaratta to the High Court’ Wangaratta Chronicle (17 July 2020)

Leah Anderson-Byrne, ‘Locals contribute to research – More history shared on early legal pioneer William Ah Ket, who was born in Wangaratta’ Wangaratta Chronicle (19 August 2020)

Speeches

The Hon Susan Kiefel AC Chief Justice of Australia, 'William Ah Ket’s contribution to diversity in the legal profession' William Ah Ket Scholarship Presentation, Asian Australian Lawyers Association, Great Hall, High Court of Australia, 9 October 2019

The Hon Anne Ferguson Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, 'Launch of William Ah Ket Scholarship 2021 Keynote Address', 2 June 2021

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