On Monday 15 August, Kay Smith, one of The College of Law’s longest serving and most respected people died after a short illness.
Kay’s legal career began when she gained her qualification in Law through the NSW Legal Practitioners Admission Board. Kay then obtained a position as an articled clerk with a city firm at a time when there were very few openings for women in the legal profession. She was admitted as a solicitor and established a legal career. She moved from private practice to the College of Law in 1983 – the start of a 30 year career at the College.
Highlights of Kay’s outstanding career at the College include, helping establish a practical legal training program in New Zealand, working with the City University Hong Kong, serving for many years as Director of the College’s flagship pre-admission program, chairing the Course Committee, attending the Academic Board, serving as interim leader of The College of Law Victoria and serving as President of the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC).
Since 2012 she has assisted with special projects, moved the admission of countless new lawyers at the Supreme Court’s admission ceremonies and conducted oral assessments with our students.
All these roles Kay has performed superbly well, every inch the professional – earning the respect and admiration of everyone she dealt with, at all levels – from the Supreme Court and its Admissions Board, to the Board of Governors, to her colleagues, and to students.