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Ryan Attard – Australian Law Awards Finalist

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MST Lawyers is pleased to announce that Law Clerk, Ryan Attard, is a finalist in the category of Law Student of the Year in the highly contested Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2019.

This award recognises Ryan’s outstanding academic, community and legal achievements.  His submission was a strong acknowledgement of his accomplishments as an undergraduate.

Some of the key highlights included:

  • Winner Dennis Woodward Award (Best First Year Student in Politics) and the Best First Year Student in International Relations.
  • Best Third Year Student in Politics.
  • Undertook an internship at the Parliament of Victoria in 2018, working under the Hon. Emma Kealy MP, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lowan. During this time, Ryan reported on the impact of minimal public transport in Western Victoria. The report is housed in the Parliamentary Library and was presented at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).  Ryan also presented research on Australian voting trends at ICUR 2017 and completed research on electronic voting and the impact of the Australian Bureau of Statistics online census in 2016.
  • Participated at the National Model United Nations (MUN) Conference 2018 in New York City and the Harvard University World Model United Nations Conference 2019 in Madrid.
  • This year, Ryan was appointed to serve as the Secretary General of Monash University’s own conference, the largest in Victoria.
  • In 2018, as the elected Vice President of the International Affairs Society, Ryan welcomed Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Singapore, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Israel.
  • Ryan established an online publication, Pivot, reporting on various topics and international affairs. Readership of this publication is at over 5,000.         

Ryan’s academic career can only be described as stellar. Of equal importance is his determination to incite debate and raise awareness of the harsh realities faced by many as well as to facilitate discussions around current global issues.


We wish Ryan and the other finalists good luck as we wait to hear the ultimate winner in August. Click here for Lawyers Weekly’s announcement.