High School students tackle tough legal issues

(L-R) Dean Prof Pene Mathew, Zuzana Harmaniakova, SP&G Partner Martin Punch OAM

Three Gold Coast High School girls have dominated the top awards at the annual Gold Coast Schools Legal Essay Competition.The prize ceremony was held last week at SP&G Lawyers in Bundall.

Miami State High School’s Zuzana Harmaniakova won first place alongside runners up Grace O’Reilly from Kings Christian College and Tayla Kamura from Coomera State College.

Zuzana impressed the judges with her essay on the effect of the media on the rule of law. By pinning down a thorny legal concept through her research and applying it to our contemporary debates around democracy, she won cash prizes for herself and her school.

Grace came in second place with an essay that tackled the controversial practice of sharing sexual material of ex-partners online and without their consent. The judges commended Grace for her compelling arguments for law reform.

Tayla won third place by grappling with the overrepresentation of Indigenous youths in the criminal justice system. She impressed the judges with her passion and commitment to finding policy solutions to address this problem.

Griffith Law School Dean Professor Pene Mathew said the competition was growing each year.

“We’ve attracted a bumper number of entries from high schools around Queensland and New South Wales. The top 15 essays were all impressive in their quality and would not be out of place among university essays.”

Our partners at SP&G Lawyers generously support the Gold Coast Schools Legal Essay Competition each year.