Alan Goldberg scholarship launched

September 15 / 167

Alan Goldberg. Photograph by Michael Silver
Alan Goldberg. Photograph by Michael Silver


The Melbourne Law School and Arnold Bloch Leibler have launched the Alan Goldberg scholarship.


Acknowledging the remarkable legal career of Alan Goldberg and his contribution within and beyond the Australian legal profession, the scholarship was launched yesterday by Arnold Bloch Leibler at its Melbourne office. 

The Alan Goldberg scholarship will be awarded to Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) students who have demonstrated both academic merit and serious financial need.

The launch was attended by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau, Justice of the High Court of Australia Michelle Gordon, Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Elizabeth Alexander, as well as other dignitaries, the major donors, and Mr Goldberg’s family.

During his welcome address at the launch, University of Melbourne alumnus and Senior Partner at Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL) Mark Leibler talked about the significant contribution of Alan Goldberg.

“Alan has assisted us to solve some of the most difficult problems for our clients, using not only his extraordinary knowledge of the law, but also by the practical application of his special skills. I know he still gives wise advice and counsel to many people, and we thank him for that.”

Mr Leibler also spoke about the importance of the scholarship.

“The Alan Goldberg Scholars will create a lasting recognition of Alan’s deep commitment to the law. We believe this scholarship will play a significant role in the lives of many talented young Australians who aspire to a legal education at Melbourne Law School.”

Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School said the Scholarship, developed by friends and colleagues, is testament to the high regard in which the profession holds him.

“We are delighted that, through this Scholarship, Alan Goldberg will be held up as a role model to succeeding generations of law students. Both as a lawyer and a judge, Alan is known for combining exceptional intellect with personal modesty and a deep commitment to fairness.”

She said that the Melbourne Law School was grateful to donors who have made the scholarships possible; inlcuding Marc and Eva Besen, Gandel Philanthropy, the Lew family and the Pratt Foundation.

The Honourable Alan Henry Goldberg graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1962. He was called to the bar in 1965 and appointed Queen's Counsel for Victoria in 1978. He also served as a Federal Court judge from 1997 to 2010 and was President of the Australian Competition Tribunal from 2003 to 2008.

For his service to the judiciary, particularly in the areas of competition, law and equity, to the community as a contributor to debate on human rights and civil liberties, and as a supporter of the arts, he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2005.

Story by Louise Bennet

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