Dean’s List & Awards Ceremony 2017

Jonathan Trachsel ’17 with his parents

One of the happiest occasions hosted annually at NUS Law is the Dean’s List and Awards ceremony. At this event, top students are rewarded for their hard work and academic achievements.

At the ceremony held on 27 September, 78 students accompanied by their parents and loved ones, received awards and prizes from the Dean, Professor Simon Chesterman. This year for the first time, several prize donors joined the Dean on stage to present the prizes that they sponsor.

The auditorium was filled with a sea of faces beaming with pride as the Dean began his speech by asking students to stand and applaud their parents & families, to thank them for the support, care and love.

Addressing the students in his speech, Professor Chesterman says, “If there’s one thing that you can take away from today, it is don’t think that because you have succeeded, that any failure will scar you for life. Prepare yourself for setbacks and difficulties. When you go out to the work force, your academic achievements are only a part of your character, a part of your ability, a part of what will hopefully make you a success.”

About 100 students made it to the Dean’s List, and close to 40 awards and prizes were given out, with some students winning multiple awards. The newest addition to the list of prizes is the “Prize in Aviation Law and Policy” donated by Scoot, and won by Jonathan Wah Yi Liang ’17. Posing for a photo onstage with Professor Alan Tan ’93, Jonathan was asked to flash his prize of an air ticket for the camera, and rumour has it that he will be heading to Honolulu! Some of this year’s winners had the honour of being presented their awards and prizes by the respective donors. Donors present at the event included:

» Mr Soh Kar Liang ’92, President, Asian Patent Attorneys Association
» Mr Mark Lim ’94, Chief Legal Counsel & Director(Hearings and Mediation), Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
» Professor Michael Chee, Duke-NUS Medical School, and his wife Mrs Helen Chee, family of the late Ms Jenny Lau, Singapore’s first female judge
» Mr Gregory Vijayendran ’92, President, The Law Society of Singapore
» Mr Chong Yue-En ’09, Consultant, Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong Law Practice
» Mr Vikna Rajah, Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
» Ms Serene Wee, Chief Executive, Singapore Academy of Law
» Mr Joseph Liow ’92, Director, Straits Law Practice LLC
» Ms Jennifer Chia, wife of the late Associate Professor Tan Keng Feng, NUS Law
» Mr Edwin Cheok, Sales Director, Professional-ASEAN, Thomson Reuters

NUS Law congratulates all winners and thanks everyone who attended for making this a memorable event.

Jonathan Wah Yi Liang received the Prize in Aviation Law & Policy from Professor Alan Tan ’93

Tan Kah Wai ’20 received the Law Society of Singapore Book Prize from Mr Gregory Viyayendran ’92.

Sarah Sabir Thaker received the Jenny Lau Prize in International Environment from Professor Michael Chee

Mark Hee ’17 and his parents

Yash Nair ’20 and his parents

Proud families were busy taking photos of the students

A celebratory shot for this group of friends

For the full list of prize winners and award recipients, please click here
To download photos taken at the event, please click here.