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Graduate lawyer Sandra Hu from Herbert Smith Freehills has won the NSW Young Lawyers annual public speaking competition, the McCallum Medal, held on 15 November in Sydney.

The annual competition is held in honour of Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney and former patron of NSW Young Lawyers. This year’s competition asked competing young lawyers to speak on topics related to workplace and safety laws in Australia and NSW.

Hu’s winning speech discussed issues around improving paternal leave entitlements. Cassidy O’Sullivan, a tipstaff in the Supreme Court of NSW, claimed the runner-up prize for her speech investigating the adequacy of employment laws in the modern gig economy.

The event was sponsored by Seyfarth Shaw, Thomson Reuters, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, and The College of Law.

Winner of the 2018 McCallum Medal for public speaking Sandra Hu (second from left) with runner-up Cassidy O’Sullivan (second from right) and judges.