UNSW Law’s Associate Professor Cathy Sherry took home the Academic of the Year award at the recent 2017 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. UNSW Law is proud to have one of our academic staff take home the prize for the second year in row after Alexandra George took out the category in 2016.

The awards, organised by Lawyers Weekly, recognise the achievements of women who have challenged, influenced or changed the practice of law in Australia.

Cathy Sherry is a leading Australian expert on strata and community title. Cathy’s win reflects her standing as an inspirational teacher and a leading educator. The judges took into account Cathy’s innovative use of new technologies, and her willingness to connect legal material to real-world examples.

Earlier this year Cathy released a book 'Strata Title Property Rights', which critically analyses the legal, social and economic complexities of strata or community title schemes.

Dean of Law Professor George Williams commented on Cathy’s win, “Great teachers change the lives of students, and Cathy is one of these people. It is wonderful for her and us that this has been recognised through this award.”

Congratulations are also due to Science (Advanced)(Hons)/Law student Stephanie Blancquart, who was a finalist on the night in the Law Student of the Year category. While Stephanie didn’t take home the prize on the night she did an amazing job representing UNSW Law at the awards presentation, accepting the Academic of the Year  prize on behalf of Cathy Sherry who unfortunately could not make the presentation.

A full list of winners on the night can be viewed here.