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Pat Donovan Dinner 2018

The Pat Donovan Dinner is being arranged to farewell a group of UQ Law Alumni who are leaving shortly for postgraduate studies overseas.

The dinner is named in honour of Francis Patrick (Pat) Donovan (1922-2012), the first UQ law graduate to take this path.  Donovan was born on 2 February 1922 in Ingham.  He was educated at St Joseph's College, Nudgee, where he was Dux.  In 1938, he was awarded an open scholarship to the University of Queensland.  During the war years (1939-1945), he completed his legal studies whilst serving in the Australian Army.  In 1946, he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted as a barrister.   In 1946, he became the Law School's first Rhodes Scholar.  At Magdalen College, Oxford, he completed a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree (1949).  In 1952, he was appointed Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Melbourne.  In 1961, he commenced a career in the Australian diplomatic service, later becoming Australia's Ambassador to the OECD (1977).  After retirement from the diplomatic service, he served on the International Court of Arbitration.  In 1976, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.  In 1998, the French government appointed him a Chevalier Legion d'honneur.  After many years living in an apartment in the Avenue Foch, Paris, he died at the age of 90 in 2012.

This year, the UQ law alumni who are leaving for overseas study are:

  • Joshua Underwood (Oxford)
  • Jordan English (Oxford)
  • Sam Walpole (Oxford)
  • Carl Tessmann (Harvard)
  • Samuel Hickey (Harvard)
  • Stephanie Derrington – who studied at both UQ and QUT (Oxford)

The dinner in their honour is  to be held as a private function at Greenglass Restaurant, 336 George Street, Brisbane, on Tuesday, 7 August 2018, at 7pm.

Tickets for this dinner are available for UQLA Members and their guests.  The cost is $70.

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Inaugural Breakfast

The UQLA is delighted to invite you to our Inaugural Breakfast, to be held on Thursday, 26 July 2018 at the Brisbane Club. We are honoured to have our patron, the Honourable Justice Patrick Keane AC, as our guest speaker for our event and encourage all members of the UQ Law Alumni community to join us for this special function.

Tickets are $40 for existing members of the UQLA. For non-members who are recent graduates (within the last 3 years), tickets are $50 and include your membership to the UQLA. For all other graduates, tickets to this event with included membership will be $60.

Should you have a particular seating preference, it would be of great assistance to our committee if you could please nominate a “Head of Table” to which each individual attendee will each refer in his or her booking. We will of course do our best to accommodate your request in any case.

Membership to the UQLA runs annually, such that the membership in your ticket price includes your first year of membership, running from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.  For more information on membership, please see here.

We hope you will be able to join us at this exciting event. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact Shane Montgomery at

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Annual General Meeting


ABN 13 616 240 923


The first Annual General Meeting of the University of Queensland Law Alumni Association will take place in the Sir Gerard Brennan Boardroom, TC Beirne School of Law, Forgan Smith Building, University of Queensland at 5:30pm on WEDNESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2017.

Business to be Transacted:

1.       Presentation of the Annual Report for 2016-2017.

2.       Presentation of the Annual Accounts for 2016-2017.

3.       Election of Directors.

4.       Any other Business.

Note:  A member has a right to appoint a proxy, who need not be a member.

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