The Law Society is letting it be known that Ms Nithya Sambasivam has been gonged as the young learned friend of the year.
The ACT Law Society commends Ms Nithya Sambasivam for her dedication and commitment to the legal profession, her passion in promoting the interests of both young lawyers and women lawyers in the ACT, and her tireless support of community work outside the law.
Ms Sambasivam is the winner of the ACT Law Society’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award for 2012. The Award recognises the professional achievements and community involvement of outstanding young lawyers in the Canberra region.
Nithya was presented with the Award by the chair of the judging panel, the Hon Justice John Burns of the ACT Supreme Court, at the Law Society’s December Members’ Lunch today.
Nithya, who is employed at Goodman Law, was admitted as a solicitor in October 2008 after achieving her combined Bachelor of Commerce and Laws degrees at the Australian National University in 2007.
Nithya’s many professional achievements include serving as an active member of the ACT Law Society’s Dispute Resolution Committee. When she joined the committee in 2010 she was the only young lawyer member. On behalf of the committee she convened a seminar aimed at educating young solicitors like herself about ADR processes in the ACT.
She also has a major role with the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT (WLA ACT). Nithya joined the organisation in 2011 and became its President in mid-2012. She has led several initiatives for the WLA ACT, such as creating a Facebook page to engage young lawyers and law students; reintroducing breakfast seminars to connect young lawyers with senior practitioners; and conducting the first WLA ACT Junior Lawyers Pay and Conditions Survey.