Bond alumni honoured as 2016 Monash scholars
Law/International Relations alumna Katherine Mansted and Law/International Business alumnus Stephen Dietz were chosen from a record number of applications for the prestigious scholarships which enable the recipients to pursue postgraduate studies at their choice of the world’s best universities.
Widely regarded as one of the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia, the John Monash Scholarships are awarded to outstanding Australians with demonstrated leadership skills who are studying or working in areas of potential benefit to Australia.
The 2016 Scholarship offering attracted a record number of applications from all over Australia, with the winners presented at a gala Sydney Opera House event where Bond University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Brailsford was among the attendees that included His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales and The Honourable Michael Baird MP, Premier of New South Wales.
“It was a privilege to see two Bond alumni among the 17 scholarship recipients selected from outstanding applicants from all over Australia,” said Professor Brailsford.
“In recent years, Bond University has been extremely well represented at these prestigious ceremonies, with four of our alumni named as John Monash Scholars in the past four years.
“It is particularly satisfying to see how their careers have progressed since graduating from Bond and that the seeds of leadership potential planted during their university years are now flourishing.”
Former Somerset College Gold Coast student, Katherine Mansted will use her scholarship to further her studies into technology-driven markets such as the new sharing economy.
Since graduating as valedictorian of Bond’s Class of 2011, Ms Mansted has won numerous accolades, including the Una Prentice Award which recognises the academic excellence of women in Queensland’s law schools and the Sybil AM Vise Graduate Achievement Award for Queensland women who excel in the fields of education and community affairs.
Starting with her appointment as an associate to The Honourable Justice Kiefel AC QC of the High Court of Australia, she has established a successful career in financial and corporate advisory law and currently works as a policy advisor for the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, The Honourable Josh Frydenberg MP.
Ms Mansted is also a classically trained violinist, a self-taught pianist and has a strong interest in languages.
Stephen Dietz graduated from Bond in 2008 and has gone on to establish a global career with the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation in Geneva and, most recently, with the Office of Trade Negotiations at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
He has taken leave from the Department to serve as a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association and as a Visiting Researcher and Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Through his intended further studies in international economic law and policy, Mr Dietz hopes to enhance Australia’s position with respect to finance policy and trade in services.
Ms Mansted and Mr Dietz follow in the footsteps of fellow Bond alumni Kate Mitchell who in 2013, became the first Bond graduate to be named a John Monash Scholar, and Bridget Healy who was awarded a John Monash Scholarship in 2014.
Did you know Bond Law School offers a short course in Canadian Professional Responsibility to their law students at no additional cost?
The course will be delivered by a Bond Canadian academic, Semester Assistant Professor Mariette Brennan, an alumna from the University of Ottawa (JD) and Osgoode Hall Law School (PhD). The course will involve online seminars, reading lists and sample fact scenarios that will introduce students to issues of lawyers’ ethics and professional responsibility, and specifically ethical reasoning in legal practice in the Canadian context. Students will cover selected topics including the Federation of Canadian Law Societies, Federation Model Code of Professional, case law arising from this material and to the application of the law of fiduciary obligations to lawyer-client relationships.
The course does not include assigned assessment, but is designed aid students in understanding Canadian Professional Responsibility and assist with preparations for the NCA exams.
Bond Law School also offers four Canadian Law subjects in Foundations of Canadian Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Constitutional Law and Canadian Administrative Law. These courses can assist Canadian graduates in preparation for their NCA examinations in these areas.
The faculty will also be packaging their Canadian subjects as a “Graduate Certificate in Canadian Law” able to be taken by Canadian students, whether from Bond or elsewhere, to assist them in preparing for the NCA exams.