University of Otago law graduate Justice Christine French, a
judge at the New Zealand Court of Appeal, will receive an
Otago honorary doctor of laws degree today.
Justice French gained an Otago LLB with honours in 1981, and
became the first female Otago law graduate to be appointed to
the New Zealand Court of Appeal, in 2012.
She was previously the first South Island woman to be
appointed to the High Court.
Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said Justice French
was a graduate who had ''excelled academically and
professionally while also sharing her time and skills to
enhance the life of her community''.