Four Slater and Gordon lawyers are in the running for the Law Institute of Victoria’s Rising Star award when it is announced next month.

Slater and Gordon has congratulated Anna Jennings-Edquist, Kot Monoah, Marko Eric and Tara Stark who have all been named as finalists for the 13th Victorian Legal Award, which will be announced on Friday 19 May.

The quartet makes up almost half of the 10 lawyers vying for the award, which recognises those who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and career achievements with fewer than six years’ experience.

Ms Jennings-Edquist (Melbourne) and Mr Eric (Epping) work within the firm’s Motor Vehicle Accidents team, Mr Monoah (Sunshine) works in Workers' Compensation claims while and Ms Stark (Ringwood) works in Public Liability.

Criteria for the coveted award includes:

  • Making outstanding contributions to the general community through involvement in voluntary and cause-related legal work.
  • Demonstrating professional excellence in legal practice through quality legal services, client relations, innovative programs and use of technology/innovation to deliver legal services.
  • Promoting, encouraging or influencing students, graduates of practitioners pursuing a legal career.
  • Demonstrating outstanding leadership or innovation through development or involvement in initiatives and programs designed for emerging lawyers.

Slater and Gordon Victorian General Manager Personal Injury, Dina Tutungi, said the high number of Slater and Gordon finalists highlighted the level of skilled, dedicated and enthusiastic young lawyers working at the firm.

She described all four lawyers as young leaders who always held their clients’ best interests as their first priority.

“We are all extremely proud of this fantastic honour,” Ms Tutungi said.

“To have almost half of the nominees from Slater and Gordon highlights the work we are doing in developing young lawyers that will go on to do important work in the years and decades to come.”

Winners will be announced at gala dinner at Peninsula, Docklands on Friday 19 May.

Details here.

Meet the lawyers in the running:

Anna Jennings-Edquist

Anna completed her Law/Arts and Honours degree at the University of Melbourne and received First Class Honours for the latter before joining Slater and Gordon in 2011. She spent six months working for a United Nations’ war crimes tribunal as a legal intern in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 2012.

Kot Monoah

Kot’s story is one of survival against the odds. Born in southern Sudan, his family fled a civil war when he was four after their home town was attacked. He learnt how to duck from bullets and, at seven, sought refuge with his family in Ethiopia. For the next 12 years, his family lived in horrific conditions in the Kenyan Refugee Camp of Kakuma before receiving a humanitarian visa that enabled his family to move to Australia.

Marko Eric

Marko is involved with clients from all walks of life affected by devastating injuries sustained in transport accidents. He advises on medical expenses, loss of earnings benefits, lump sum impairment benefits and common law rights. His main focus is to protect his clients and deliver them the best possible result.

Tara Stark

On top of her position as a Slater and Gordon Associate, Tara is a Director of the Satellite Foundation, which provides support programs to young people who have a parent with a mental illness. Tara is a volunteer with SANE Australia and Road Trauma Support Services Victoria. She is also on the LIV Young Lawyer’s Professional Development Committee and an adjunct lecturer/assessor at the College of Law Victoria.

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