Wednesday, 18 November 2009

A young lawyer to watch

Lawyers often get a bad press, and there is no shortage of lawyer jokes. I was reading the latest Law News and read about a young Maori woman lawyer Tamina Cunningham, who has recently been awarded the first Judge Karina Williams Prize in Law. Tamina has three undergraduate degrees, in arts education and law. She has won prizes at law school, but has also been heavily involved with support for fellow Maori students. She now works at Simpson Grierson and aspires to the bench. She is also the first in her family to obtain a university degree and become a lawyer. It is clear from her community work that she has not forgotten her roots, and she is someone to watch.