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Olivia Ronan Golden Gavel

AGS Graduate wins ACT Golden Gavel

On Monday 14 May at the Great Hall in University House at the Australian National University, AGS Graduate Olivia Ronan won the ACT Golden Gavel as part of the launch of Law Week.

Up against a field that included 2 other young lawyers from the APS and 3 from commercial law firms in Canberra, Olivia shone with her speech topic, ‘Swipe right, I am a lawyer’.

Olivia is currently on rotation in our Commercial practice.

Each year, young lawyers test their public speaking skills and comedic genius at Golden Gavel competitions across the country. The winners of each State and Territory competition then face off at the National Golden Gavel.

The competition is an opportunity for young lawyers to showcase their advocacy and comedy skills, with each given 5 minutes to argue their case on a far-fetched topic — revealed only 24 hours beforehand. A panel of eminent judges will choose the winner, based on the speech’s humour, cleverness and originality, and the performer’s presence and delivery.

Congratulations, Olivia!