A Victorian lawyer has been named this year’s winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship.


Tienyi Long, a legal and governance officer at Glen Eira City Council in Melbourne, was awarded the scholarship for her essay on how equal justice can be achieved for diverse communities in a  multifaceted and complex society. Tienyi’s essay examines how the legal profession can become better equipped to respond to diverse clients and the issues they present.


Tienyi received the award from High Court Chief Justice The Honourable Susan Kiefel at an event held this evening in the Great Hall of the High Court in Canberra.


This year marks the third year of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, an initiative of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. The scholarship is named after William Ah Ket, who in 1904 became the first Australian barrister of Chinese origin. It is sponsored by Maddocks, where William Ah Ket was an articled clerk in 1903.